Election all over except the shouting

Roy Orbison’s tune It’s Over perfectly expressed my feelings about the too long 78-day campaign, and the too-long Tory 10-year tenure.

To the Editor,

While viewing the televised results of Canada’s 42nd federal election on Oct. 19, I heard sweet sounds of Roy Orbison playing repeatedly in my cranial Wurlitzer jukebox. The Texas tenor’s tune It’s Over perfectly expressed my feelings about the too long 78-day campaign, and the too-long Tory 10-year tenure.

Now comes the shouting, and the inevitable question of how long before campaign promises are broken. It seems that hope overcame fear, despite the many distractions, like the hullaballoo about Muslim female attire, the ethnic and religious profiling of potential refugees from Syria and other places, and the Toronto Blue Jays whose ballpark heroics overshadowed dwindling campaign enthusiasm.

Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see there is light, despite all of the darkness.” Canadians are thankful to see the campaigns are over, and to shine the light across the 49th parallel where the Excited States of America have just under 400 days remaining in the presidential election campaigns.

Bernie SmithParksville


To the Editor,

So, Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau’s first priority was to cancel Canada’s support for U.S. President Barack Obama’s mission in Syria. Nothing like ‘kissing off’ your friends as a good way to repair a fractured relationship, eh!

Charles ReidNanaimo


To the Editor,

The election is over and the majority of people on Vancouver Island are gleeful that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was stopped. Yes, the voters were successful in stopping the guy that gave us the horrid lower taxes and the five-per cent GST instead of seven per cent.

He saw that Canada pulled its share in the fight to stop Islamic State. He kept Canada from getting embroiled in the carbon credit fraud.  He was the prime minister that gave a formal apology to aboriginals over the residential schools.

Yes, Vancouver Island has sure painted the landscape orange. No representatives on the governing Liberals and no representatives on the Official Opposition. The sea of orange will be about the same value to Vancouver Island as a field of nice ripe orange pumpkins of the same colour.

J.E.R. GreenNanaimo


To the Editor,

A New York newspaper stated that Canadians had the richest middle class of any place in the world. Forbes Leadership named Canada as the country the world loves and respects the most. Other countries praised Canada for having survived the 2008 world economic downfall. Trade deals were negotiated. All this, while under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper.

Canada should go back to the days when we sang the Canadian anthem, said Merry Christmas, liked and respected each other, said the Lord’s Prayer. I’m in favour of that.

Or would we return to a 65 cent dollar, a country known as the frozen north where we all lived in igloos and wore parkas to keep warm? Liberal governments believed that Canada ended at the Ontario-Manitoba border.

Social media is great, however it has just been used to destroy a man who loves his country and brought the country to prominence.

Gloria J. SaundersCedar

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