Your letters for Sept. 14

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Paul Baumberg, Dead Mans Flats

More negotiation, less confrontation

Re: This Labour Day, Alberta workers prepare for the fight ahead; Planned cuts are a slap in the face, Opinion, Sept. 5

AUPE president Guy Smith’s recent op-ed does not reflect my views as a union member. His attacks on the UCP government will in no way help us out at the negotiating table. Alberta is in a tight spot, and AUPE needs to be part of the solution. I support a strong union contract and good wages. All of which we have right now.

AUPE members are of many different stripes, who voted NDP and voted UCP. Smith needs to reflect that broad non-partisan membership of the union, or perhaps we need a new president. One with a less hostile approach and do what is in the best interest of all the members. A president that understands the deep financial woes this province is in, and who does not view an employer as an enemy.

AUPE should heed the public, and have no pay raise demands due to COVID and a downturn in the oil/gas sector. I support working to find a way forward in upcoming talks, in a less confrontational manner.

Merle Terlesky, former AUPE chapter 6 chair, council rep.

Long, drawn-out affair

Re: Head of anti-oil inquiry contests legal challenge, Sept. 9

With respect to the inquiry into an alleged foreign-funded campaign against the oil industry, it gets more and more bizarre each day.

After the inquiry was launched in July 2019, the commissioner, Steve Allan, stated “that he still is developing the procedural rules for the inquiry” a year after his committee was formed. At this stage of the investigation, any intervenor to this process has no idea what the rules of procedure are to this unfortunate investigation. From the very beginning, many critics would argue this inquiry makes no sense and is an affront to Alberta’s taxpayers.

J. G. Gilmour, Calgary

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