LETTER: Conservative vote is vote against democracy

Reader Erik Treijs lists some arguments against voting Conservative.

A vote for David Wilks representing the Harper-led Conservatives is not a vote for democracy.

The Harper government has: undermined free press (cut CBC funding, held record low press conferences while only “allowing” pre-approved questions, resisted information requests), reduced civil rights with bill C-51(56 per cent of Canadians opposed this), muzzled tax-payer funded scientists and government employees from speaking without PMO censoring/approval, prorogued government twice to avoid parliamentary process, rammed through omnibus bills with little to no debate, created a handbook to actively impede parliamentary committee proceedings, been found in contempt of parliament for not disclosing spending details of public money, been convicted of illegal election spending, tampered with elections via robocalls, and created legislation blocking the chief electoral officer from educating people to vote. I could go on. All this in a free democracy? Really?

The incumbent represents a government that was all too happy to celebrate the glories of the War of 1812 as well as the World War I centennial. Oh, the irony that, while celebrating Canadian soldiers’ sacrifices to maintain a free, open and democratic Canada, the very same government is consolidating power as fast as it can while stripping away and abusing the very processes, principles and ideals those soldiers fought and died for.

I say it again, a vote for David Wilks and the Harper Conservatives is not a vote for democracy! Please, let’s try someone (anyone!) different.

Erik Treijs

Blewett

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