Personalizing politics

From: Frank Gue B.Sc. MBA, P.Eng.,
Burlington, ON
Sent: Oct. 26, 2015
Subject: “Hot or not … “ and “Looking to
Canada … “, Oct. 26 Editorial page
For: Editor, The Spectator
Re: “Others looking to Canada” and
“Positive politics”, cited from the
Christian Science Monitor on
your “Opnion” page today

Dear Editor:

You cite the Christian Science Monitor as praising Canada for the “positive politics” message sent to the world by the outcome of the Oct. 19 election. Let’s follow that up a bit.

There is a sad weakness among some Canadians: a practice of personalizing politics and imagining opponents to be enemies.

For 60 years I have been known and published as a local conservative Conservative voice, attacking no one and dealing entirely with policies, never personalities. Yet:

* Three consecutive Provincial Liberal Members would not shake hands with me in public.

* Our current Burlington MPP will not answer phone calls, emails, or a registered letter on a non-political subject of public interest. I once thought – mistakenly, apparently – that my Member was my Member regardless of party. (Current Members of whatever Legislature are invited to consider this and act accordingly.)

* Among our priceless and cherished neighbours, we nevertheless once had just one who tore a Conservative mailer into little bits and littered my lawn with them.

These small acts signal a much bigger problem: the unnecessary conversion of neighbors into enemies.

Inevitably there are identical examples among Conservatives, with enmity and smallness also at work where there is no need or room for them in a tolerant, democratic Canada.

Here is a friendly challenge to the reader, be s/he Liberal, Conservative or other: Study the Federal Liberals’ platform to identify their good policies (there are several); write your Federal Member (Karina Gould in Burlington), and encourage him/her with your support (politicians get plenty of the other kind) for any sound Liberal policy. A copy to the local Conservative party president wouldn’t hurt either.

The losers on Oct 19 needn’t just sulk for four years. We can be ongoing voices, between elections, of a Canadian democracy, but not by being small and casting neighbours as enemies.




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