Saturday’s letters: No harm from Obama’s plaudit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives for the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 2016. File photo. Chris Wattie / REUTERS

Re. “A little electoral help from his friend,” Kelly McParland, Oct. 17

Was it wrong of former U.S. president Obama to say some complimentary words about our Prime Minister Trudeau during an election campaign? If I remember correctly, quite a number of high-placed Canadians said complimentary words about Obama when he was running for his second term as U.S. president. I, myself, wrote a letter supporting Obama, to one of the U.S. papers.

This is a far cry from negative outbursts, and actual campaign meddling and interference.  Obviously, the intent was to simply cheer on one of the Canadian candidates — quite proper within our dual democracies, I believe.

There was no money involved, no undercutting any other candidate, no grand movement to exchange promises or debts to pay, simply a good friend giving his good friend a pat on the back. Right on, I say.

G.A. Teske, Sherwood Park

Too much publicity for Greta

I’m quite sure my opinion might not sit well with some people of leftish political persuasions, but seriously? Some Swedish teenager, coming now on a cross-Canada tour, telling us all “shame on you,” and getting so much press coverage — not to speak of our top politicians giving her such credence, and actually meeting with her. What a travesty of common sense.

First we had James Cameron, the famous Hollywood director, then the likes of Jane Fonda and Neil Young coming here, telling us how we have sinned. And now we have a Swedish youngster coming and saying the same thing. She keeps saying, with I suspect no idea of what she is talking about, “shame on you.”

I would say shame on the high-level politicians who will actually meet with this youngster, and the press that seems to give her credence with all the newspaper coverage.

This is a 16-year-old child after all, with no background in science behind this issue probably. So enough of giving her publicity.

Linda Padgham, Edmonton

Dual citizenship raises questions

Every since it was revealed that Mr. Scheer is a dual citizen, I have been trying to reconcile it with an image of a leader of a major political party and, possibly, prime minister of this country being beholden to another country, as its citizen. How this could be permissible and acceptable for anyone holding the highest office of this beautiful country is beyond my understanding.

In this case, Mr. Scheer is a citizen of an ally. What if he were a dual citizen of a country with whom Canada has major political and philosophical differences? What then?

That raises another question. He claims he never held a U.S. passport. Has he never travelled to the United States, his father’s homeland?

Padmini Jandhyala, Edmonton

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