Politicians are elected to serve us, not parties

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I watch as the war of wits unfolds for yet another unwanted and costly election. The first thing that comes to mind is, are these politicians really thinking of Canada or just their party?

Prime Minister Harper stays the conservative path of restraint and tries to keep Canada’s spending under control during unprecedented times, while the other three parties continually gang up on him. It’s like watching the bullies in a school yard. In their eyes, Mr. Harper has done nothing right. Mr. Harper did not foresee the financial meltdown of 2008 and now 2009. I ask the newly migrated Mr. Ignatieff this, who in the world foresaw and prepared their countries for this meltdown? Mr. Ignatieff, I’ll answer it for you. No one. The most brilliant financial wizards all fell to the wayside on this one. Why would we expect our leader to be any different?

As I reflected on the recent unwanted election, I tried to understand the debating ability of the last Liberal leader. He spoke English, to the point an average Canadian could barely understand him, if at all. Now the Liberals import Mr. Ignatieff from a 34-year out-of-country stay and this great Liberal hope is going to lead this country out of the so-called Conservative ruins? Considering that Canada has some 32 million citizens, I ask you, is this the best Canada has to offer its citizens in the way of a national leader? How precious was Canada to Mr. Ignatieff if he was gone for 34 years? Perhaps we should try importing a Canadian from Nigeria or Thailand next time. Better still, why stop there? Let’s try Africa.

It’s time we had leaders from out west instead of mostly Quebec. Someone who can actually see boundaries extending west of Ontario and east of Quebec. It’s also time our politicians from all parties put Canada first and their party lines a very distant second. We elected them to serve us, not their parties. If they can’t handle that philosophy, then there is the door. After electing them, politicians seem to relocate to an undisclosed location in the Caribbean somewhere. You can hardly reach them and when you do, they don’t listen to a word you say. It’s etched in stone for them; they must follow party lines at all costs. When Mr. Ignatieff loses this election, he will most likely leave Canada again and migrate to the country he loves much more than Canada. That pretty well means any other country than ours.

Lonnie Nelligan, Ancaster

Politicians are elected to serve us, not parties

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I watch as the war of wits unfolds for yet another unwanted and costly election. The first thing that comes to mind is, are these politicians really thinking of Canada or just their party?

Prime Minister Harper stays the conservative path of restraint and tries to keep Canada’s spending under control during unprecedented times, while the other three parties continually gang up on him. It’s like watching the bullies in a school yard. In their eyes, Mr. Harper has done nothing right. Mr. Harper did not foresee the financial meltdown of 2008 and now 2009. I ask the newly migrated Mr. Ignatieff this, who in the world foresaw and prepared their countries for this meltdown? Mr. Ignatieff, I’ll answer it for you. No one. The most brilliant financial wizards all fell to the wayside on this one. Why would we expect our leader to be any different?

As I reflected on the recent unwanted election, I tried to understand the debating ability of the last Liberal leader. He spoke English, to the point an average Canadian could barely understand him, if at all. Now the Liberals import Mr. Ignatieff from a 34-year out-of-country stay and this great Liberal hope is going to lead this country out of the so-called Conservative ruins? Considering that Canada has some 32 million citizens, I ask you, is this the best Canada has to offer its citizens in the way of a national leader? How precious was Canada to Mr. Ignatieff if he was gone for 34 years? Perhaps we should try importing a Canadian from Nigeria or Thailand next time. Better still, why stop there? Let’s try Africa.

It’s time we had leaders from out west instead of mostly Quebec. Someone who can actually see boundaries extending west of Ontario and east of Quebec. It’s also time our politicians from all parties put Canada first and their party lines a very distant second. We elected them to serve us, not their parties. If they can’t handle that philosophy, then there is the door. After electing them, politicians seem to relocate to an undisclosed location in the Caribbean somewhere. You can hardly reach them and when you do, they don’t listen to a word you say. It’s etched in stone for them; they must follow party lines at all costs. When Mr. Ignatieff loses this election, he will most likely leave Canada again and migrate to the country he loves much more than Canada. That pretty well means any other country than ours.

Lonnie Nelligan, Ancaster

Politicians are elected to serve us, not parties

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

I watch as the war of wits unfolds for yet another unwanted and costly election. The first thing that comes to mind is, are these politicians really thinking of Canada or just their party?

Prime Minister Harper stays the conservative path of restraint and tries to keep Canada’s spending under control during unprecedented times, while the other three parties continually gang up on him. It’s like watching the bullies in a school yard. In their eyes, Mr. Harper has done nothing right. Mr. Harper did not foresee the financial meltdown of 2008 and now 2009. I ask the newly migrated Mr. Ignatieff this, who in the world foresaw and prepared their countries for this meltdown? Mr. Ignatieff, I’ll answer it for you. No one. The most brilliant financial wizards all fell to the wayside on this one. Why would we expect our leader to be any different?

As I reflected on the recent unwanted election, I tried to understand the debating ability of the last Liberal leader. He spoke English, to the point an average Canadian could barely understand him, if at all. Now the Liberals import Mr. Ignatieff from a 34-year out-of-country stay and this great Liberal hope is going to lead this country out of the so-called Conservative ruins? Considering that Canada has some 32 million citizens, I ask you, is this the best Canada has to offer its citizens in the way of a national leader? How precious was Canada to Mr. Ignatieff if he was gone for 34 years? Perhaps we should try importing a Canadian from Nigeria or Thailand next time. Better still, why stop there? Let’s try Africa.

It’s time we had leaders from out west instead of mostly Quebec. Someone who can actually see boundaries extending west of Ontario and east of Quebec. It’s also time our politicians from all parties put Canada first and their party lines a very distant second. We elected them to serve us, not their parties. If they can’t handle that philosophy, then there is the door. After electing them, politicians seem to relocate to an undisclosed location in the Caribbean somewhere. You can hardly reach them and when you do, they don’t listen to a word you say. It’s etched in stone for them; they must follow party lines at all costs. When Mr. Ignatieff loses this election, he will most likely leave Canada again and migrate to the country he loves much more than Canada. That pretty well means any other country than ours.

Lonnie Nelligan, Ancaster