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People can protest government's priorities

To the Editor,

Democracy is defined as government by the people. Do you as a Canadian feel that you are heard? Do you feel that our political representatives work for you? Do you even know what our government is doing to better our lives as Canadians?

Unfortunately, many Canadians feel that our government does not listen. Our representatives work for their own agenda and do not feel it is necessary to inform the public as to their decisions. The Conservatives are focusing on erasing the deficit by the next election while their actions put our environment at risk. Will it be better when we have no debt, but our soil is not healthy enough to grow food and our waters are too polluted to drink?

Even though most British Columbians oppose the Northern Gateway Project, the Conservatives continue to push the project through. I guess we weren’t loud enough.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a multi-country trade agreement that has much more to do with corporations and profit than trade. If a corporation from China loses profits because of environmental issues, that company will sue the Canadian government. Now here is where ‘the people’ come in because it will be your tax dollars that have to pay for the court and judgment costs.

We are not speaking loud enough. One hundred and fifty cities, including Nanaimo, in 15 countries around the world are protesting on Saturday (March 1) to let our governments know that we are not happy.

Kelly A. Kellogg
via e-mail

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