An important election

While most of us didn’t want an election right now, we needed one. I think this is possibly one of the most important elections we will see for some time. It’s time we got engaged with our country. Something is happening in Ottawa that isn’t right. Contempt of Parliament is contempt of you and me. We have the right to know what is going on in Parliament just as much as our elected representatives do.

It was the Commons Speaker Peter Milliken who said “There is no doubt that an order to produce documents is not being fully complied with and this is a serious matter that goes to the House’s undoubted role in holding the government to account.” In short, the government was not being accountable to the House of Commons, your representatives.

I have always voted. I do not belong to a political party. I vote on the issues. In this election, beyond the important issue of contempt, I am concerned about the total lack of respect for the environment and how devastating it will be for our children, our heritage, culture and world image. I cannot wait any longer for action on the environment and neither should you. I am also concerned about social issues, women’s rights and rights of First Nations.

I believe we are very fortunate to have an excellent candidate like John Kidder. Believe me, this is the first time I have felt this strongly about election issues. For me, John is making the most sense for our community and is solid on environmental issues. I think that to make the difference this time, instead of voting NDP or Green, as I have done in the past, it is the very best time to vote for John Kidder the Liberal candidate. Let’s not split the vote this time. Know the issues, talk to the candidates, look at the options. If you can’t get out, visit the websites, John’s is Ask questions. Get in the conversation, but most importantly get out and vote.

Doreen Olson