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Today’s letters: Where was common sense on the trucker convoy?

Monday, Nov. 28: Why did the government have to be told the implications of closing the border, one reader asks. Write to us at letters@ottawacitizen.com

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau testifies at the Public Order Emergency Commission on Friday, Nov. 25. Photo by Blair Gable /Reuters Where was common sense over convoy?

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The fact that the Trudeau government had to have the Canadian private sector and the U.S. government explain to it the economic impact of the Windsor Bridge blockade is pathetic and ludicrous. The short-term impact and the long-term damage to our reputation as an investment destination should have been instantly obvious.

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Any Canadian government that doesn’t instinctively know that we can’t afford to have our most important border crossing blockaded for six days is demonstrating both incompetence and ignorance.

As for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, his position in that fiasco is even worse: supporting law-breaking blockaders and opposing vital public health measures. No level of government comes away from the blockader episode looking good; if there’s a “next time,” the public will expect them to be better prepared.

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Geoff Majesty, Ottawa

Veterans Affairs’ suggestion outrageous 

Re: Another Canadian Forces member alleges Veterans Affairs offered assisted death as ‘support,’ Nov. 24.

I was horrified to read Bryan Passifiume’s piece about the military veteran suffering from PTSD who was offered medically assisted death (MAiD) as an option when he sought help from Veterans Affairs Canada. He was asking for help to re-enter the community, which he had previously received through Veterans Affairs. Who were these monsters who gave him the MAiD information? They should be fired immediately.

I have suffered from PTSD since childhood and thought of suicide many times; once, in a deep depression, I took too many pills. Thanks to a friend and The Ottawa Hospital, my life was saved. I also have had the help of a very good psychiatrist and others.

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This man needs help to find a good psychiatrist and other supports to help him transition out of the military into civilian life. It is the job of Veterans Affairs to provide these resources.

I lost a dear friend to MAiD a year ago. She had advanced bowel cancer and I supported her decision, as treatment would not have been a successful option.

In the case of this suffering military veteran, with the right help and support, he could have years of a happy and productive life. Veterans Affairs, get off your butts and give him the help he needs, and Mr. Prime Minister, make sure they do.

Patty Deline, Ottawa

Housing solutions won’t please everyone

The uproar over Bill 23, the “More Homes Built Faster” Act,  deserves some attention. The present controls on land use constitute a near-Gordian knot and have not led to the provision of adequate land for homes. The premier takes a sword to the Gordian knot and howls of protest erupt from every corner of the province.

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Nowhere in these howls is there to be heard a reference to alternatives. This is not surprising because suggestion of alternatives would, in the present complicated situation, likely strike at some other interests of local electors and activists.

When the situation inevitably worsens, one might consider limiting immigration to a rate that the country can deal with, but anyone who proposes that will no doubt be soundly excoriated by the parties interested in large immigration flows.

John C. Bauer, Ottawa

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