LETTERS: Reaction from PEI. to the panic buttons of the deputies

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Got my panic button early

Great entertainment value in the June 23 Guardian… if your sense of humor is twisted and dark. It may be a side effect of Covid.

After choking on my apple juice (bought at a discount from a dollar store and the only bargain I’ve found in months of price hikes), I finished reading the story on page 2, inflation in Prince Edward Island reaches 11%. I would have thought the story ranked first, but apparently a bare field with snow piled 13 stories up was more newsworthy. Besides wondering about the future of this salty field, I didn’t even want to think about snow mountains now that summer has arrived.

However, it was refreshing to see rising fuel costs represented at 120%, rather than the privileged x% of an x-rated index, recorded in single-digit numbers. Because 120% more is what we paid for fuel oil, compared to 0.67 cents per liter in November 2020. I have the receipt. This price was more in line with the dollar increase I received on my federal pension that year. I was going to set up a retirement survival fund with the two point five dollars I’ve since received, but instead I bought about a liter of fuel so I could keep my thermostat set at 52 F/11, 1111 C – 56 F/13.333 C degrees.

Page 3 lifted my spirits when I read how some MPs will be getting panic buttons, for unspecified threats I guess. Perhaps the fear that these MPs have hit a new low in public respect/credibility has something to do with incident after incident of MPs expecting us, the highest taxed electorate personally from the country, pays their bills for cars, accessories, fuel, food and alcohol; something to do with the highest paid public servants in the province submitting claims that they (hopefully) cannot be dense enough to think their employers, we the electorate, should pay.

Yeah. I found and pressed my panic button around Christmas last year, just before the province put my tiny reimbursement for rising fuel costs into its own reserves. We could have them in July, three months after I turned off the furnace. It’s about two months later that I would have appreciated some warmth.

$150 would currently buy me what I would have paid about $60 over the past five years, and would last about seven winter days, with the thermostat at 60 F/15.555 C degrees.

Glad to share the panic with our worried MPs. Can I buy you another drink?

Kathy Ehman,

Murray River, PEI


Voters are right to be angry

Thus, our illustrious politicians do not feel safe. They need to have panic buttons in case voters get angry. Damn, we voters have been angry for a long time. The question politicians should be asking is why! We’ve reached a point in time where we’re ignored, lip serviced, lied to, offered empty promises, or more often than not, don’t see a politician from election to election. Politicians do not represent the people in their neighborhood; they represent their party and of course their leaders. If we complain, we’re passed on, “I’ll find out.” However, a major issue is how they spend our tax money. They walk around in gas pits using government credit cards, they dine on our tax dollars, they don’t try or even seem to try to be frugal. Each politician has a staff, an office and, in the case of MPs, apartments in Ottawa that come and go without personal expense. Now I expect some to disagree and challenge my claims and that’s fine. Nevertheless, there are millions of Canadians who would easily agree with me. It doesn’t matter if my facts are baseless, that’s what many of us see every day of our lives. We are told to tighten our belts and suck it in as a government flash car pulls up to the pumps. “Fill it up boy, I have an important dinner to attend.”

That’s why these untouchables are asking for the protection of a panic button, and of course our taxes will pay for them. The real reason as I see it is that they have lost all respect from us. From Trudeau down, we’ve been given one lie after another. The only MP I could honestly say yes to, and for whom I have a lot of respect, was Judy Wilson-Raybould, and they got rid of her.

F. Ben Rodgers,

Abram-Village, PEI

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