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Politics is the reason Alberta is trying as hard as it can to ignore the increasing fires, floods, crazy wind and hail storms we have been having. It’s hard, but our UCP government is trying to ignore the fact that in Alberta, we have suffered at least 61 per cent of Canada’s extreme weather costs; that stat is from 2018, it could be even more after Calgary’s hail.

We better not agree to give up the last of our parks and non-fragmented habitat to coal companies. Defending the future means being adults and dealing with issues like climate change, mass extinctions, inequity, and pandemics, instead of passing them down for our children to manage.

Jule Asterisk, Slave Lake

Trade Macdonald statue for Kenney

Kenney’s suggestion to move Sir John A. MacDonald’s statue here is a yet another one of his great plans. I, for one, think all Albertans should embrace it on one simple condition — that Kenney agrees to a straight exchange. Albertans could dispose of Sir John. Kenney could then stand on Sir John’s spot 24/7 and use it as a pulpit.

He could pompously educate the easterners on how to: dismantle and privatize a health-care system and destroy relations with doctors and nurses, all during a pandemic; how to pander to big oil and waste billions of taxpayers’ dollars by giving them huge tax breaks, creating a war room that spews lies, providing billions to attempt to expand the Keystone pipeline through the U.S., which has jurisdiction and has delayed or and could stop it, fighting the carbon tax so that we can all be harmed by the devastating effects of climate change and cutting back on environmental monitoring so that Albertans and our wildlife can be further harmed.

And Jason Kenney can learn that political leaders who do not listen to, oppress and greatly harm their people will, in one way or another, ultimately be toppled by the people.

Catherine Benincasa, Edmonton

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