Today’s letters: Don’t try to hoodwink us on Porsche dealership, Mr. Mayor

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Monday, May 31: On tax breaks for car dealerships, and made-in-Canada vaccines. You can write to us at [email protected]

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Mayor, council shouldn’t hoodwink us on Porsche dealership

Every year I pay my property taxes in full. It makes no sense, to the average Ottawa taxpayer, to give a multi-year property-tax break to a luxury car dealership. If you can afford to sell or buy a Porsche, you can afford to pay your property taxes.

In an attempt to disguise favouritism and poor judgment, the mayor and the majority of city councillors tried to hoodwink the general public into believing it was all for a good cause: affordable housing. Kudos to the nine councillors who voted against the property tax giveaway.

Having a luxury car dealership on a soon-to-be-gentrified “main street” doesn’t make any sense. The land could have been put to better use, a greater revenue stream generated and more jobs created with the right type of development for Montreal Road.

Brendan Hennigan, Ottawa

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Vaccine firm may just be in the wrong province

Re: Canadian firm works with controversial U.S. company to make ‘better’ COVID vaccine, but says Ottawa not interested, May 25.

Providence Theraputics of Alberta is working on a made-in-Canada mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and even though Manitoba has pre-ordered two million vaccines directly from the company, the federal government has show no interest in pre-ordering.

I have a friendly suggestion for this company. Move your head office to Quebec, possibly close to Bombardier or SNC-Lavalin, and maybe move your production facilities to China. That will get you the present federal government’s attention and you’ll be flooded with orders.

D.J. Phillips, Gloucester

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Lack of good judgment on a home-grown vaccine

Providence Therapeutics, a Canadian company based in Calgary, has developed an mRNA type of COVID-19 vaccine similar to the Moderna vaccine. In February, Providence sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining a plan for producing that vaccine in Canada, subject to its approval by Health Canada, and seeking government support for the project.

Anyone in their right mind would recognize the advantage of having a Canadian source for such vaccines and in particular for a source of mRNA vaccines, which outperform the other types. However, the very reasonable request from Providence has apparently either been ignored or denied. Will this lack of good judgment be recalled the next time we vote?

John D. Dorey, Orléans

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