To the editor:
“Laughing stock!” says Jim Lamberton about Canada’s federal government (Sept. 29 issue). Well, maybe a few giggles and miscues, as with most governments. However, we could turn our federal government into a four-year unfunny comedy series, if we were unwise enough to elect the Conservatives, with their current leader, Pierre Trump (or is it Donald Polievere?) to power in 2025.
By the end of their first term in 2029, they will likely have sold off all public enterprises and privatized the civil service. The recipients of this fire sale would be rich friends and corporations, be they Canadian or foreign. In fact, the actions of this Conservative regime would make the obviously flawed Trudeau government look like a reasonable choice.
In regards to a Trudeau-led Liberal government, most of the positive accomplishments benefiting ordinary Canadians have been due to the efforts of the NDP. Jagmeet Singh took a calculated risk when he propped up the minority Liberals in the hopes of getting help for Canadians, such as Covid assistance, dental care and justice for Indigenous Canadians. This calculated move will probably hurt the NDP in the next election.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives, if elected in 2025, will proceed with their agenda of selling off public assets to friendly corporate interests. It’s a slippery slope to Trump-land, well greased by extreme right-wing elements.
Bring your own sled or your cork-boots, depending on your political bias.