Letter to the Editor

Missing in action It is rare when my opinions and those of NDP Leader Todd Hardy are in alignment. I believe him to be right in his criticism of…

Missing in action

It is rare when my opinions and those of NDP Leader Todd Hardy are in alignment.

I believe him to be right in his criticism of the Liberal leader for his irresponsible decision to abandon the Public Accounts Committee.

The only way to have any credibility is to stay on the committee and vigorously oppose things you don’t agree with.

Arthur Mitchell’s childish decision to quit the committee because he didn’t have the votes to influence a decision shows contempt for the voting public and a lack of leadership.

It smacks of “I did not get my way so I will take my bat and ball and go home.”

He might as well quit the legislature, too.

At least Don Inverarity had the excuse of being muzzled by a painful root-canal procedure. Let’s hear Mitchell’s excuse for muzzling himself.

“Being used as part of a sham” and leading yourself down the garden path are two different things when letting down Yukoners.

Neil Johnson


Time, money and

animals to kill!

Open letter to the Environment department:

Elk and bison were brought to the Yukon for people to kill. Period.

If these animals had come on their own, they would have probably come more slowly, with a gentler impact.

Now they are an ongoing, very expensive make-work project for your wildlife “managers.”

What did it cost to round up the elk, contain them in a pen and give them medicated feed? If the ticks persist, will the elk also be slaughtered in that pen, slaughtered like the Northern Splendour reindeer herd?

What is it costing taxpayers to “manage” the bison through hunting, and to map the location of the bison for the convenience of hunters?

What does it cost to monitor the bison through ongoing aerial surveys and to update the maps every week, and who benefits besides the hunters?

The public deserves a prompt reply to these questions.

The bison are elusive because they have learned that humans are a threat.

Bison are herd animals. They live and operate in groups, and they learn from experience.

They have lost family members to hunters. They try to protect other members of their herd from such threats, and they grieve the loss of those who have been hunted.

Why not just round up the bison and put them in a pen the way they did with the elk?

Then the hunters would know where to find them.

Or you could arrange a shuttle service for the bison hunters.

To spare these hunters from the cold weather, you could package the meat for them, too, with the help of Archie Lang’s mobile abattoir.

Or maybe officials could mount a couple of machine guns on the front of a helicopter and execute some of the elk and bison.

But best be careful to leave the biggest and best animals for the clients of outfitters to execute.

You wouldn’t want to step on the toes of the outfitters, the (other) “stewards of the land.”

On second thought, please don’t do any of the above. Let’s leave these animals in peace.

I’m sure in time the disease called “humankind” will succeed in reducing the population of all species, if not through hunting then through exploration, development and destruction of natural habitat.

These are the major concerns that your department should be addressing.

Mike Grieco


What’s Harper’s

 real agenda?

Re A Canadian president? (the News, March 12)

Good editorial, however there is one more reason for Harper to have an election soon.

Let me take it up with the question your editorial closed with.

What is Harper’s real agenda?

For one thing, Harper will try everything to get an election before Karlheinz Schreiber is extradited to Germany where he may feel forced to talk.

There Schreiber faces interrogation by a determined prosecution who obtained an international arrest warrant against him back in 1995. Since then, they’ve kept the ball rolling against Schreiber.

Canadians are so tired of the Airbus Affair that Harper can hope to get away with pulling a fast one.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear Schreiber’s extradition appeal.

When Canada’s soon-to-be-opened public inquiry is over, Schreiber will finally have to answer to the German prosecution.

They have criminal evidence against him and this will not be a chitchat-style discussion among gentlemen.

No, he will have to answer as an accused inmate. There will be a real incentive to strike a deal and provide full disclosure if he doesn’t want to “die in jail,” in his own words.

The German prosecution continues to offer Canadian investigators full co-operation, information sharing and even access to Schreiber as soon as his interrogation for international crimes begins.

Schreiber will finally be pressured to disclose all recipients of the $20 million in Airbus bribes paid to Canadian officials.

But he will also have to explain what he offered or threatened to the Harper government in order to get the extradition stay on December 1, 2007.

While in Canada, will Schreiber continue to protect his neocon buddy Brian Mulroney, a key figure in Harper’s 2006 transition team?

Schreiber has certainly done this very effectively for 25 years, in the manner of a parent protecting a flailing child from banging their head into sharp objects.

Over a relationship stretching back a quarter century, it’s OK to have issues.

In 1983, Mulroney’s career had received its decisive boost with the help of Schreiber, a conservative gun for hire, racketeer and international arms dealer.

Using Airbus consortium money during the 1983 Conservative Party convention, Schreiber shuttled, wined and dined Mulroney delegates to facilitate the political assassination of then conservative leader Joe Clark.

This was credibly first established by the CBC’s investigative program The Fifth Estate and then confirmed by the House of Commons Ethics Committee on December 11.

Schreiber referred to these events of 1983 as the “dumping of Joe Clark” whom he perceived to have integrity and to be an obstacle for the Airbus ‘marketing’ strategy.

Incredibly, the blindfolded opposition assisted a Harper coverup by demanding a toothless public inquiry in this matter.

Once again justice is delayed.

Wrap it up! Send Schreiber to Germany, better sooner than later, and get it over with!

Perhaps Air Canada could afford to offer him a discount ticket for a flight in one of those excellent Airbus aircraft?

It’s time for the first Airbus good-news story after years of pathetic travesty.

It may also become the first extraordinary rendition flight leaving Canada that is actually legal.

If it doesn’t happen, chances are that Tom Flanagan, Harper & Co. will manage to trigger an election before Schreiber gets to sign his exciting confession.

It’s all in the timing.

Peter Becker