Thursday, December 16, 2010
Vol 14, Issue 51, December 30, 2010, (Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer)
Albertans and Canadians continue to express their angst because they do not believe that their leaders are listening to their concerns. All this summer Canadians wondered why the long form Census had been discontinued, what the F35 fighter planes were going to cost, why the federal deficit was ballooning into the largest in history and the PM Harper was for the most part "Missing in Action". And on the rare occasions he did appear before the media, questions were not allowed or the questions had to be pre screened.
In the mean time the leader of the opposition was out holding town hall meetings through out the country. Taking unscreened questions from anyone who cared to give them, in full view of the media. Michael Ignatieff traveled untold thousands of kilometers, much of it by bus, to show Canadians that his government would be an open government, not a government where one man called all of the shots.
This public consultation is still going on, however the format has changed to something called "Open Mike". The town hall meetings continue but they are now also on the Internet at the same time where anyone through out the country can take part. Last Thursday night, I witnessed such an event in theHellenic -Canadian Community Centre in Edmonton. The questions were profound and a lot of them were very difficult. Michael was working completely without a net. The answers he gave were equally profound and without question showed a man who would lead our country with great compassion and common sense.
I ask you, the citizens of Alberta, why are we as a people not recognizing this leader for the great man that he is?
Roger C. Buxton, Pres.
Wetaskiwin Federal Liberal Assoc