The future of Canada is in your hands

The recent DNC Lavelin scandal, now threatening the credibility and possibly even the survival of the current Liberal government, has implications for everyone in Canada. It is just as relevant to us here in the beautiful Cowichan Valley as it is in Ottawa.

At stake is the very concept of honest Canadian government, the accountability of our elected officials and our political and legislative way of life. First, credit must be given to Jody Wilson Raybould for courageously affirming her commitment to the impartiality of the office of Attorney General. Her testimony gave inspiration, hope and courage to all of us who want to see the Canada we have always known continue.

Nothing but unconditional praise should be sent her way. It is remarkable to see some Liberals and those on the Left, attempting to criticize her or defend the Prime Minister’s Office. Such brazen partisanship is both astonishing and reprehensible. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Second, can we not see a pattern of Liberal Party of Canada corruption and extremism going back to the Chretien days and beyond? How many repetitions of the Sponsorship Scandal and other Liberal fiascoes must we suffer, and how long must Canadian be subjected to the relativistic values of a government that puts opportunism and cronyism above all else?

Are all other political parties pure and faultless? Certainly not, but this affair puts the Liberals in a class of their own. We could easily push this aside, saying that we live out West far from Canada’s political hub, or that it doesn’t affect us directly, but that would be insanely foolish. A prime minister who attempts to bully the Attorney General of Canada does not deserve the support of any fair minded or intelligent Canadian no matter where they live.

Lastly, this entire affair brings into sharp focus the importance of the upcoming federal election. The list of faults, scandals and misdemeanours is growing ever longer. When you go to the ballot box to vote in October of 2019 the future of Canada and that of millions of other Canadians may well be in your hands. That’s something to think about.

Perry Foster


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