Letter: Politicians should be thanked for public service

This is a sincere thank you to those of you who give countless hours to public service…yes, even politicians.

To the editor:

In response to a letter to the editor of the Capital News on July 25: MPs Should Learn Ins and Outs of Parliament.

I agree with the writer that there are different levels of power in our democracy, but in my opinion, the power that trumps all these powers is ‘people power.’ We vote people into power, and then undervalue them.

During an election, it is people who vote for their choice of candidate and party to form the government. So, its ‘people power’ that chooses the party they believe to be the most capable and most trusted to create good policy and form just laws, to make our country the best it can be.

In the case of today’s governing party, Mr. Harper was elected with a comfortable majority which gave him the authority and responsibility to guide our great country for the following four years.

As for the Supreme Court and Senate, once again its ‘people power’ as we entrust the power to apvpoint both judges and senators to the reigning Prime Minister who we, the people have, placed into that position.

The embarrassment in the Senate in the last months is nothing new. Over the 13 years Liberal Senators were appointed by Liberal prime ministers I would venture to say the incidents of today pale in comparison with the past.

Over all, giving oneself to public service is too often not appreciated by the general public. It’s relatively easy to find fault while sitting on the sidelines.

Since moving to Kelowna recently, I’ve had the pleasure to chat over coffee with Mr. Dan Albas in Peachland. He is a proud father and a fine, approachable gentleman. I look forward to meeting with my Member of Parliament, Mr. Ron Cannon in the near future.

So, this is a sincere thank you to those of you who give countless hours to public service. That applies to firefighters, police officers, and, yes, even politicians. You need to know you are appreciated by most of us.

Gertrude Sawatzky,