Former PM Harper damaged Canada

I like to point that Harper’s record includes atrocious political, cultural and social downgrade of Canada worth.

To the Editor,

Re: Harper left low taxes, small government, Jan. 7.

I steer away from reading any article written by Tom Fletcher, Black Press columnist. A few years back I concluded that he mostly fudges out his opinions by cherry-picking resources. Still I could not avoid but to read the headline of this column.

Most likely Fletcher again praises his favourite politicians, policies, and transnational companies. In this case I expect that Fletcher laments that Harper is someone Canada should miss. Though I will never find whether this author still refuses to recognize what damage Harper has done to the country, I like to point that Harper’s record includes atrocious political, cultural and social downgrade of Canada worth. He betrayed, sold, polluted, dehumanized, and criminalized my Canada. He condescended to appalling trade deals, shut down safeguards and inspections, fired scientists, and discredited the Senate with shady appointments and illegal payouts. Furthermore he sent our young people to war only to let them down when they returned with injuries.

As far as tax cuts and other benefits to the public go, they were all just smoke and mirrors in order to get re-elected. And his Bill C-51, a version of the American Patriot Act, was to allow a small, dictatorial government of his dreams to detain anyone opposed to his vision of Canada.

I will stop here and only continue to ignore his columns. It would certainly improve the Bulletin to replace Fletcher’s columns with a few good comic strips.

Zlatko ZvekicNanaimo

 

To the Editor,

Re: Harper left low taxes, small government, Jan. 7.

Fletcher’s column was surprising, to hear his forlorning of Stephen Harper. Not very unbiased reporting, I think.

Unless I am mistaken, however, he has confirmed that Harper was a fear-mongering politician from the beginning, and his political strategy was to convince party followers that the media was evil and not to be trusted. By discrediting them and other political parties, he could shut them out and begin a decade of undemocratic behaviour. The only “preference for the individual” Harper had was for himself.

After 10 years, even the media knew Harper was out of control and had to go. It was quite amazing to see the jubilation from voters when he got turfed. The love-fest for Justin Trudeau was desperately needed by Canadians. I didn’t vote for him, but I did smile.

Our current desperate economic situation is direct result of the last government ignoring the signs and warnings from protesters and the much-needed media.

R. DouglasNanaimo