No love lost over labour

Rising costs in Port Alberni is unaffordable to fixed income earners and minimum wage workers.

To the Editor,

Water, sewer, hydro and cost of living rise each year.

If the paper mill closes, taxpayers will have to make up $5 million in tax shortfall. Will this be just like our buy of a lifetime $1 price for the plywood mill?

That Trojan horse’s demolition and pollution costs were a taxing gift.

If most Port Alberni residents are fixed income retirees and minimum wage workers, will we lose our homes in tax sales if we can’t pay these rising costs?

Former Premier Vander Zalm privatized the Department of Highways and the world did not end; nor did successive NDP governments resurrect this facility.

NDP created paramedic bureaucracy that firemen performed for free and response time was quicker.

If government workers and Crown corporation remuneration remains above private enterprise, will we have to contract out some services?

“We wish for others what we have ourselves” is labour mantra but can export industry that determines our currency value and must compete on world market, ever achieve parity with public sector that doesn’t and just squeezes taxpayers?

(i.e. does gouging by monopoly or by government deplete the pocket more?)

Since Liberals aren’t funded by government unions, will they make firemen paramedics again, level the public and private sector playing field and outlaw the red circling of seniors?

Is this inequality justified because union senior majority passed it in a democratic vote?

R. Frankow,

Port Alberni

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