It’s important that we vote, for the whole country’s sake

I am voting because I am very worried about the direction our beloved country is going in.

To the Editor,

I am voting because I am very worried about the direction our beloved country is going in. I’m worried that environmental permitting has been relaxed, that species at risk are not being protected and that our present government does not listen to the average people. I am also worried about climate change and that instead of tax cuts for oil companies our government should be providing incentives for alternative energy. I worry very much about a government that muzzles its scientists. For the sake of this wonderful country, vote.

On Oct. 19, let’s get out in record numbers to vote for a Canada we believe in.

Louise ThompsonNanaimo


To the Editor,

By restricting Green Party leader Elizabeth May from its debate, the Globe and Mail carefully avoided any discussion of developing a sustainable economy, the role of First Nations and women in bringing it about, the advancement of low- and non-carbon energy sources, how to plan in a world where climate change has already skewed budgets and caused mass migrations, among other economic problems.

As Vandana Shiva noted, the entire economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment. All three men seem to think it will be the other way around if they believe it hard enough.

Jim ErkiletianNanaimo


To the Editor,

It appears the communist party of Canada is still supporting the NDP. The Leap Manifesto has been signed by some senior members of the party. Voters should read the Leap Manifesto.

As for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, how can anyone support a school teacher with finances? His $30 billion spending over three years means nearly $1 billion a year in interest.

J. GilchristNanaimo


To the Editor,

What is it about democracy that sign vandals don’t understand?

Barbara HourstonNanaimo


To the Editor,

It seems a shame that so many voters in this federal election will vote, not for the candidate of their choice, but against the candidate they hate. Many people seem determined to do away with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and have expressed their intention of voting for whichever candidate seems to have the best chance of defeating the local Conservative. It seems that they consider Harper to be arrogant and uncaring and although they are possibly correct, why are they picking on him? Perhaps they need to be reminded of the arrogance of Jean Chrétien and his multiple orders in council together with his complete refusal to answer awkward questions. Or perhaps the utterances of Pierre Trudeau who blissfully went his own way without caring what anyone else thought. Why is it that so many people seem to support the NDP without any consideration of the disastrous two terms during which they brought B.C. to its knees?

It would seem that we, the average Canadian voters, have extremely short memories and are subject to knee-jerk reactions towards politicians of whom we disapprove. It is a real shame that so many candidates will be elected not for the approval of the views they endorse, but for the disapproval the electorate has for their opponents.

Garry BradfordNanaimo

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