Letter: Give Mulcair a working majority

The main issue should be the environment because if we destroy the environment, the economy won’t matter very much, writes Gordon Planedin.

Some thoughts to share regarding the election:

I feel that there is too much time given to smaller issues, ie the niqab, ISIS, refugees and even the economy.

Anyone disagreeing with this statement should check out the current economies in South Carolina, the burnt-out areas on the U.S.A. west coast, the flooding on our east coast, the floods in Europe, etc.

The main issue should be the environment because if we destroy the environment, the economy won’t matter very much.

Harper keeps on preaching on the threat from ISIS and other terrorists and while there are some dangers there, the more serious threat is from Harper and his team.

He has spent millions of our money to help democracy in the Ukraine while in the meantime, I believe he has neglected our own democracy.

A true democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the benefit of the people.

What he has created in Canada could be called a hypocrisy—a government of Harper and team, by Harper and team, and for the benefit of his wealthy, multi-national friends and their corporations.

This is evidenced by the fact that he has continually passed legislation to basically weaken or destroy our national assessment review processes.

His excuse for this is the corporations are capable of policing themselves regarding the environment, giving them freedom to do as they please.

This mentality is equivalent to that of a farmer having a wolf protect his flock of sheep or a fox to look after his chicken coops.

The ultimate danger here is that if we do anything to hinder their ability to generate their profits, for whatever reason, we could find ourselves in court, and having to pay them.

The simple solution would be for Harper to let our country control our own destiny.

As everyone is aware, our youth and especially First Nations youth have a very poor record of going to vote. The reason for their apathy is that they feel it is a waste of time.

Mulcair would be wise to set up a meeting with Perry Belgarde of the Assembly of First Nations and reassure him that although in their past dealings with the federal government the results left much to be desired, this is a unique opportunity to deal with a new party who are making a firm commitment, new and long overdue, to our First Nations and indigenous peoples to review the past with a resolve to address the wrongs.

We are reminded that this is a first time that we can look to a federal government for help and it is not the government of the past, Liberal and Conservative, who too often have disappointed us.

If we give Mulcair a working majority and he fails, we can always turn him away at the end of his term.

If we pass up this opportunity it could be a long time till we have this option again.

– Gordon Planedin, Christina Lake

 

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