Government priorities all wrong

I have been very upset with some of the developments by Prime Minister Harper.

I have been very upset with some of the developments by Prime Minister Harper. I know he loves flitting around the world as a leader-figure, but he is seriously neglecting things in Canada.

It was noble of him to chide Sri Lanka regarding human rights, but we in Canada have dire needs regarding aboriginal/First Nations treatment.

The poverty, terrible living conditions and high suicide rates bespeak a huge neglect of some of our citizens. Indian women have always been given second class treatment. The police have a very sorry record of this.

Where are the scientists to oversee and to do research on water, fishery and environmental needs? It is truly disgusting to spend $1 billion on a new secret building and not be able to fund valuable and needed research.

Fracking uses large amounts of water and pollutes it all. Do we have people to check what the mining companies are doing to purify the water, which, untreated, is poison to all life? The new navigation rules, conveniently hidden in the omnibus budget will cause changes over the whole country. Why not be honest and debate such topics openly and separately?

Get rid of sleazy senators or Mike Duffy and such. Where is the promise of an elected senate?

Defense spending is whacky — $22 million for designs? The coast helicopters must be replaced. It is criminal to have pilots fly the old ones. How much is spent on unnecessary limos, security and other perks? Prime Minster Harper’s personal security and travel costs must be enough to fund several scientists.

Trades training should be funded for a longer term with provincial and company cooperation.

Parliament should meet with longer time lines. Proroguing has become a way of life for the Prime Minster. It is undemocratic and reflects badly on his whole attitude.

Sheila White

Summerland