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Week of February 23

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Comparing county Official Plan to Nuremberg trials offensive

Sir: I have been following the concerns regarding the County of Lambton Draft Official Plan. It may perhaps be necessary for our county council to tweak the plan in order to protect taxpayer interests.

It is certainly the right of taxpaying Canadians to question legislation and proposed official plans. However, I am greatly disturbed by spokesperson Elizabeth Davis-Dagg’s comparison of Lambton County’s legislation and political processes to the Nuremberg trials of German Nazis.

There is absolutely NO comparison between trials for crimes against humanity and genocide and our local economy and environment.

It is imperative that Davis-Dagg and the other members of the Concerned Landowners Legal Defence cease and desist from such comments immediately and apologize for such an offensive comparison.

Deborah Kopstein Burr



Tommy Douglas truly was the greatest Canadian

Sir: It is a privilege for every Canadian to vote regardless of any political affiliation. Every vote counts.

Unfortunately, the turnout at the polls has been abysmal in recent years. As for any change, our globetrotting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided in his “wisdom” not to proceed with electoral reform.

I have had an interest in politics for many years and having met Tommy Douglas at a convention in Toronto in the early ‘60s I became a member of the NDP.

Since coming to Sarnia in 1977 I have voted in every election, federal, provincial and municipal. I have met with many politicians over the years, but the one I have the most respect and admiration for is still Tommy Douglas.

Some of the present generation may not remember who he was, but his life and accomplishments will go down in history. He was Premier of Saskatchewan for 17 years and a member of Parliament. In 2004, he was voted the Greatest Canadian of all time.

He is known as the father of medicare and he introduced universal health care, old age pensions, unemployment insurance, universal hospital insurance, the Public Service Act, Saskatchewan Bill or Rights and many other innovations we now take for granted.

He was small in stature but case a long shadow, a powerful orator and tireless activist.

His dream was for people all over the world to look up and see Canada as a little jewel sitting on top of the continent.

He died on Feb. 24, 1986 and will be forever missed.

Kathleen Hayes


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