Address issues, not personalities

Having read last Friday’s paper (The News, April 15), I have to wonder about all the attacks on the incumbent MP, James Lunney.

Having read last Friday’s paper (The News, April 15), I have to wonder about all the attacks on the incumbent MP, James Lunney.

Zeni Maartman stated that he is “not accessible or effective.” For the last nine years I recall very few public events and charity fundraisers around Oceanside that James Lunney wasn’t in attendance, but I surely didn’t see Ms. Maartman at any. He may not hold a cabinet position, but he’s not a lame duck either, when you consider the speeches he’s made over the years in parliament that cover everything from support for the lighthouse keepers; funding for the pulp and paper industries; the rights of unborn children; support for veterans; tougher measures for criminals and so on.

Myron Jespersen who wants to save the E&N Railroad, says “our Island MPs have neither the vision nor the intestinal fortitude to see and support the environmentally friendly alternative offered by improved and frequent rail service.” Surprise, surprise, Lunney was on this 10 years ago.

Renee Miller says, “he has created an image of our constitution as the Canadian home of the American Tea Party North.”

Well, if that means Lunney stands in the middle of excessive taxation and over-the-top entitlement programs, it sounds like a great plan to me.

Wouldn’t it be something to see these four candidates just submit their own leadership plans instead of bad-mouthing each other and particularly the Conservatives?

I’m the first one to admit that no one — or any political party — is perfect, but by and large Dr. Lunney and the Conservatives have kept this riding — and this country — in an incredibly enviable position, compared to the rest of the world.

Look around the globe, if not at the most dangerous countries, then those verging on bankruptcy and you might want to thank your lucky stars for the great good fortune we have here.

But if it’s a change for change’s sake you’re after, go for it.

It’s only costing taxpayers about $290 million this time and completely shutting down the government again.

Common sense should have dictated that this election won’t dramatically change the playing field, but it was brought about by political wannabes with personal agendas who have a total disregard for the overall benefit to the rest of the Canadian people.

Deb McKinley, Qualicum Beach

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