Horgan is nothing like Lougheed

Re: “Horgan is just like Lougheed,” Letter, May 15.

Comparisons of the current dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with the 1980 National Energy Program reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the constitutional dimensions of both cases.

Elements of the NEP amounted to a direct attack by the federal government on provincial ownership of natural resources, which is itself guaranteed by the Constitution.

Premier Peter Lougheed was right, in both constitutional and political terms, to vigorously defend provincial rights. B.C. Premier John Horgan is attempting to use provincial legislative authority to curtail the legitimate use of the federal government’s express constitutional authority over interprovincial pipelines.

The federal government should resist his attempts just as vigorously as Lougheed fought the federal government’s attempted intrusions into provincial rights under the NEP.

Rowland J. Harrison, Calgary

Helmets belong on every motorcyclist’s head

Re: “Tax-paying Sikhs have every right to use the health-care system,” Naomi Lakritz, Opinion, May 16.

The terminology for head protection is “crash helmet” for when one rides a motorcycle.

The helmet is the only logical protection possible while sitting on an engine. The purpose of the helmet is to protect all that would like the privilege of using Canadian roads.

Changing that law tells the world that Canada has singled out a noble and valued culture to be a second class citizen, not caring if they want to live or die.

Canadian law has now become complicit in taking life.

I know ending one’s life is a fundamental right in Canada, but please, not this way.

Martin Askew, Calgary

Tax watchdogs should spend time on the links

Re: “Putt up or shut up: city urged to sell off money-losing golf courses,” May 15.

Although I agree that a watchdog for government spending is necessary, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is way off base with their criticism of the profitability of golf courses in the city.

I would have to believe that all city-run recreation facilities are costing taxpayers money. No city park is profitable. Recreation and art feed the soul, and there is no price you can put on that.

A variety of recreational opportunities serves a variety of needs. Not everyone swims, but we don’t close the pools. Not everyone plays tennis, but we don’t close the courts. Not everyone uses the parks, but we don’t build houses on them.

I urge the taxpayers federation to spend an afternoon on a city-run golf course and take advantage of …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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