If we care about our planet, it’s time to act and vote

NANAIMO – Re: Voters sorting out federal election issues, Opinion, Aug. 13.

To the Editor,

I’ve been a lifelong federal Liberal party supporter, but this time I am voting Green.

If you care about the future of this planet for yourself and your descendants, now is the time to act with your vote.

People living in the cities don’t notice the effect on the forest lands like the people who work in the forests. It’s getting drier and drier and this is the second consecutive year that the seedlings have failed to survive as the drought periods get longer.

Forget the voting patterns in your life, as the other parties haven’t delivered.

The future is our children and there is nothing for them if people’s thinking and actions aren’t changed, and changed quickly.

Corporate greed and exploitation rule the day. Our generation has largely been responsible for it so we must change now. Only you can change this Earth for the better.

Mike GogoNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: Voters sorting out federal election issues, Opinion, Aug. 13.

Two key election issues are leadership and values. Conservative Bill C-59, the Economic Action Plan, expands financial supports for families and requires balanced federal budgets. The NDP voted against these two pillars of prosperity.

The same bill also implements Canadian values of mercy and security. Terrorist groups like Islamic State engage in systematic rape, enslavement of women, torture and murder. Conservatives voted to prohibit Canadians from travelling abroad to join ISIL. The NDP voted to allow it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper urges Canadians to vote with “moral clarity, strength and resolve.” Will you vote NDP and let terrorists from Canada join the ISIL perpetrators? Or will you vote Conservative and protect foreign women from atrocities?

This election is profoundly about leadership and values. We are electing a Parliament, but we are choosing who we are as a nation.

Bart JessupGabriola Island


To the Editor,

When interviewed after the tabling of the 2014 budget last February, Justin Trudeau was asked if balancing the budget was a priority for him and if so how would he go about it. He answered “the commitment needs to be a commitment to grow the economy and the budget will balance itself.” The last part of that response has been taken out of context and used to ridicule Trudeau for thinking a budget will balance itself. However, if you are honest and take the whole of what he said, he is in the august company of Flaherty, Thatcher, Reagan and Harper himself who routinely point out that economic growth is crucial to balancing a budget.

Why does the Conservative party keep trying to mislead citizens with this cheap and dishonest advertising that is – even in the early weeks of the campaign, along with all the other instances of prevarication and obfuscation – already becoming intolerable.

Liz FoxLantzville

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