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Spending our taxes on foreign interference

Canada's government should funnel less money into military spending and more into domestic needs such as health care and affordable housing
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Editor: Should your taxes be used here at home to fund the programs and services that most people want, or to support U.S. global domination? In a stark recent example, when a Canadian general was asked about Canadian forces being used to fight fires in Canada he said no, there was not enough personnel available due to the 1,000-plus Canadian troops in Latvia. Should tax-exempt charities get a pass for supporting what an international court has called genocide? That’s illegal under Canadian tax law. Why is there “no money” for needed housing, healthcare and education and a projected hundreds of billions tagged for producing and maintaining new warships, military jets and NATO warfare? On the positive side, did you hear about the “On to Ottawa” peace caravans which left both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Canada on Mother’s Day, May 12, and joined hundreds to protest the CANSEC global arms trade show in Ottawa? Though more and more people are recognizing their pain is caused by capital accumulation priorities which suck money and power to the top one percent, others are persuaded that economic chaos is caused by refugees, immigrants, carbon taxes and “foreign interference.” So a system has evolved that can keep democratic forms like free elections and parliaments, but where the masses of people (demos) have very little part in the most significant policy decisions. These crucial questions and news items are discussed by Canadian author/activist Yves Engler in his dozen well-researched books and in his weekly Foreign Policy Hour with Yves Engler show on YouTube. He provides essential education that reveals how power operates, how the many are ruled by the few. Yves will be speaking and taking questions in Kelowna on Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., at the downtown Kelowna United Church across from the French Cultural Center. Mark Haley Kelowna