Parliament doesn’t have good track record

For instance, how a previous government was conned into purchasing defunct British diesel submarines.

Re: “Decisions should be made in parliament”, (Citizen, Oct. 26)

To play devil’s advocate with the last sentence of Mr. Robinson’s letter, “Parliament is where serious decisions should be made”. Thank fully he said “should” and not “are”.

For instance, how a previous government was conned into purchasing defunct British diesel submarines. Building new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy, when everybody knows that naval warfare is out of date since the creation of nuclear weapons. Spending billions of dollars on a fighter jet that’s not even on the production line. Being second in the lead with regard to supplying weapons etc. to Saudi Arabia who will decapitate a woman for just about any reason that upsets the men.

Or better still at home on Parliament Hill, how the honourable members decide how best not to set up an oversight committee made of laypeople to sort out the expenses scandals. I could go on all day.

Suffice it to say, if I vote in a referendum and a mistake is made, then I can only blame myself, but at least I made the mistake, and not a liar and a cheat by definition.

 

Anthony Mathews.

Cobble Hill

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