Letter: Policies need to be put into context

Reader wants to put party policies into the context of money compared to the natural world.

Crunch time yet again. As we endure the swirl of information and promises, I’m concerned with how each party positions itself regarding context. Are money and human desire the centre of the universe? When I say context, I mean how we relate to our biosphere and the natural world it enables.

I was doing phone work during a past campaign when a BC citizen working the oil patch spoke on context. “I’m ticketed in three trades. I’m near retirement and have enough money. I’m willing to get out of the oil patch and work for less to help switch to renewables. But where are the jobs?”

This man knew how to say “enough,” which I spell enuf. He wanted to address real change in how we position ourselves in the context of our one and only natural world.

In this election, I don’t want to succumb to the few hundred dollars offered to buy my vote through programs and tax breaks. I want a revitalized system where corporations – especially the gas and oil industries, along with pharmaceuticals – receive a real jolt to their usual sense of entitlement to government subsidies. Doors also need to be slammed shut in the face of their army of lobbyists.

The principle of enuf also needs to be applied to exorbitant corporate salaries along with inflated payoffs to investors. The wealthy can live with less. One percent of $20 million dollars is a mere $200,000. “Mere” for the wealthy; mighty for governments struggling to create more equitable societies.

I’ve voted NDP. Richard Cannings has worked hard his professional and parliamentary life to help sustain the context of our natural world and all its inhabitants. Jagmeet Singh’s platform offers support at the federal level for addressing climate and societal crises.

Smaller parties working together from the side comes close to the dream of ProRep (proportional representation) in Canada. Such coordination in the past brought us our health care system, among other benefits for which Canada is renowned.

I admire the Greens, but we’ll need strategic voting for the NDP. We may dislike the strategy, but it’s our one hope to provide alternative power in Parliament if and when one of the two big parties wins yet again. It’s a counterforce against the risk of losing forever the health of our physical world and hope of a more equitable society.

Merle Kindred


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