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The Editor,

I am speechless, of course, to hear that Hills residents contributed to the devastation of Canada’s economy, the environment, and our good reputation, which will affect our future economy, for self-serving objectives. I want to know if these contributors to a criminal event now intend on contributing to the hefty price tag that their actions have helped create.

Let’s take stock.

The estimate for the 23-day siege on Ottawa has been set at $30 million. The compensation awarded to Ottawa businesses in Centretown has been set at $20 million, as an ‘initial’ gesture, says Ottawa’s mayor.

The Emerson Manitoba/U.S. border blockade cost Canada a whopping $73 million a day, for seven days.

The Coutts, Alta./U.S. border blockade cost $44 million per day, for 18 days. Are we feeling free yet?

The six-day siege on the Windsor/U.S. border cost an estimated $300 million per day in lost trade; another estimate put the loss at $390 million per day.

I think you’ll need a calculator for this.

That blockade put 100,000 automotive jobs at risk, with a ripple effect that could devastate Windsor’s economy. I know — Windsor was my hometown. I fled after university, as did eight of my nine siblings. Because any hiccup in the primary industry of a one-horse to