Those Who Can Afford To Help Don’t

Dear Editor,

The Canadian taxpayer is once again being asked to pay for expenses incurred by the search and rescue operations of the ill-fated Titan. It is now common knowledge that the men aboard the Titan were very wealthy. Should not the estates of these men be made to bear some financial responsibility, for the huge cost of a search that proved futile?

One Canadian ship used in the search and rescue operation cost $2 million. This money comes directly out of the public purse. When we are already staggering under the issues of opioid overdoses and homelessness, how can these expenses be justified?

The rent on a two bedroom apartment in the lower mainland of B.C. is $3,200. Obviously, individuals are struggling to remain housed. Perhaps we should ask them how they feel about the cost of “rescue” operations in international waters?

If an individual chooses to risk their life in an “extreme adventure”, should not that individual take some financial responsibility if things go wrong?

There is a difference in sending aid to countries where war or natural disasters have caused trauma and footing the bill for extremely wealthy individuals who, bored with everyday life, want an “extra” thrill; which was the case of those aboard the TItan.

As insurance costs continue to escalate, as rents continue to climb, as grocery items become increasingly expensive, how can we as taxpayers, be asked to pay for the mistakes of those who risk life and limb for momentary excitement?

Two million dollars would build quite a few affordable housing units. It makes me sad to think that there are those who can afford to help don’t; and those who cannot afford a roof over their heads get nothing but judgment for their “poor” choices. What would you call deciding to ride in the Titan, if not a “poor” choice?

With respect,

D. Ruth Jewell

Three Hills, AB