Wednesday’s letters: PM supports eastern industries, ignores West

Is it any wonder Western Canada continues to feel alienated?

Central Canada continues to have the ear of Prime Minister Trudeau who, in the face of potential U.S. tariffs, has scheduled photo-ops in support of the aluminum industry in Quebec and the steel manufacturing sector in Ontario.

Meanwhile, Central Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office maintains an absolute silence on an existing threat to thousands of western Canadian farmers who cannot get their product to international markets due to the intransigence and priorities of our oligopoly railways (who just happen to be situated on Bay Street).

And what about the western pipelines? Where do the priorities of central Canadian politicians lie? Only in the East? Lots to consider before the next federal election.

M.L. Clark, Camrose

Playground-zone speed limits useless, frustrating

When our helicopter city council adopted a speed limit of 30 km/h in school zones from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on school days, I thought it was unnecessary.

Foot traffic was sparse except for the start of school, lunchtime, and after school pickup. In addition, schools are usually fenced to direct traffic to marked crosswalks and the busy times at elementary schools have supervised school patrols, traffic cones, doting parents, and sometimes flashing lights. The only thing missing is crossing arms like they have at LRT intersections.

The most recent changes to make all schools and playgrounds 30 km/h, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week, is not only unnecessary but ridiculous. I now see long lines of cars crawling along streets devoid of pedestrians.

Those that dare travel a normal speed are targeted by ubiquitous photo radar. I guess the changes will fill the city’s coffers, but are frustrating to drivers and do nothing to make the streets safer.

John Campbell, Edmonton

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