Call for review not near enough

Re: Lunney calls for review of coastal cuts, June 19.

To the Editor,

Re: Lunney calls for review of coastal cuts, June 19.

It was good that James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, has been able to recognize that cutting  coast guard services on the B.C. coast is a bad move.

It would have been better if he had found the gumption to stand and vote for the amendment  to remove these cuts from Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill that was forced through the House of Commons last week.

Better still, if he could expand his interest to recognize that many of the other provisions in that bill are equally bad or even worse for Canada and its future – for example cuts to environmental regulations and to immigration services.

Why did he have to blame federal bureaucrats for the cuts? The truth is that his political masters simply ordered the departments concerned to make cuts – never mind how.  Most Canadians know very well where we have to put the blame. But, with Lunney, we should be thankful for small mercies.

Jim Manly

Nanaimo