This election about important issues

A Sept. 8 letter to editor by Valerie Axford claims citizens are wanting “Change for the sake of change.”

A Sept. 8 letter to editor by Valerie Axford claims citizens are wanting “Change for the sake of change.”

I agree voters should think very carefully before voting. Nowhere in Canada’s Constitution does it refer to any political party, rather to Members of Parliament elected to represent their constituents.

So what should we vote for? How about an MP who:

• Will actively ensure proportional representation is the new way of ensuring all votes count in Canada.

• Will represent the wishes of his/her constituents — rather than one who is whipped to support every single word uttered by the party leader.

• Will reinstate veterans affairs programs.

• Will work to stop the bombing in the Middle East and restore our Canadian role as peacekeepers instead of war mongers.

• Will repeal Bill C-51 and abolish omnibus bills altogether.

• Will put the wishes of Canadians ahead of their own egos and join forces to be true opposition to stop Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his decimating of Canada.

I refer to decimating Canada because (among other things) Harper signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada-China in September 2012 with President Hu of China. It was ratified in 2014, despite the fact the First Nations challenge to the treaty was before the Federal Court of Appeal.

Brenda Sayers led the Hupacasath First Nation of 300 people in the only court challenge against the wholesale sellout of Canada’s sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China.

I believe this agreement simply means that if Canada amends any municipal, provincial or federal law that the Chinese do not agree with, we Canadians have to compensate the Chinese and for the next 30 years.

So please do your homework. This election is far from being about change for the sake of change. It is about defending and restoring our democracy and our role on the world stage.

Susan BlacklinQualicum Beach

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