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In response to: Who deserves to win in Ontario? Nobody. A column by Margaret Wente

Anyone who is qualified to fix the enormous problems this Province faces is far too intelligent to put themselves in that position. Who needs constant media ridicule both personal and professional. Who needs political operatives and journalists digging through their history to find a gotcha moment. Politics is a guaranteed path to personal misery and as a result we see the candidates put forth, unqualified but with thick skin or massive ego’s. All Ontarians will pay the price for our constant badgering. We look only at the leaders personal faults and miss the important bigger picture.

- AJRax

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AND, it’s not particularly lucrative. We’ve got TTC ticket takers who make MPP money. Why would anyone want to put themselves through the political wringer? And if you do, what does that say about your suitability to lead?

- Sea to the Dea

In response to: Trump’s beggar-thy-neighbour trade strategy is anything but foolish

And what would be even more devastating to the U.S. is, if the rest of the world decides it’s no longer in their interests to allow the U.S. dollar to retain its hegemony, but rather shift to a number of currencies in a “basket” for the system of international payments, the U.S. economy crashes overnight. Their government won’t be able to borrow at anywhere near the terms they currently have, because they won’t be able to prove they can repay their interest costs, let alone the principle.

- Michaelrahl

Good points but you forget one thing that could be very dangerous to the U.S. If all of us outside the U.S. get together and organize a global free trade network excluding the U.S. then we can all get richer, or at least regain stability, while only the U.S. suffers.

The united response of the G6 to the U.S. tariffs already suggest that this approach is being attempted - although perhaps more as a negotiating tactic at the moment. However, if we could pull it off while there would be short term upheaval, in the long term it would let the rest of us continue to benefit from global free trade enabling us to continue advancing faster than the U.S.

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- Mallorn

Leuprecht & Bradbury assume Trudeau believes that he can persuade Trump to play by the rules underlaying international trade since WWII is in the interests of the U.S. They imply but don’t assert (or propose how Canada could better negotiate in the ensuing Darwinian international trade environment) that Canada is placing itself at a disadvantage because of Trudeau’s persistence.

A better view is that Trudeau soon concluded that Trump was intent on undermining the rules based system but Trudeau continues to take the high ground for several reasons: (a) negotiations are prolonged & Canada gives no pretext for the U.S. to walk away. (b) Canada loses no ground & Trump retains a route to compromise if events convince him that is to his advantage, & (c) potential allies in the U.S. & abroad have time to realize where Trump is headed & to conclude that they don’t want to go there.

I for one think the Federal Government is handling the international trade file well & see no better alternative.

- bob adamson

In response to: For many with disabilities, plastic straws are essential - not frivolous, a column by Andre Picard

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Personally I think making plastic products more expensive is a better solution. Call it a plastic tax if you will but ensure that it goes towards recycling programs. Currently many plastic products aren’t recycled because it’s uneconomical to do so. Ban some types of plastics such as non-recyclable black plastics and increase funding to facilities that do recycle less profitable plastic products. It would probably have more effect than well intentioned but misguided “straw” bans

- Calaryguy

Yes, some people need straws. My wife has early onset dementia and is currently losing the ability to drink from a glass; Mr. Picard chose this example well.

But no, I do not agree that the straw must be plastic, and even if it is plastic are there not biodegradable plastics, pullulan being one example although perhaps not the right material for straws. They wouldn’t be strong, but for single-use applications why wouldn’t they work?

If the straws must be plastic, and I know this will sound crazy, could they be obtained by prescription? If good old fashioned plastic straws remain available, people will continue buying and using them. Making people pay for plastic grocery bags has had an impact but will never eliminate their use completely.

- ChrisKna1

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