To the editor:
Here we go again. Yet, another federal election. Once again, I hear all kinds of strange logic used to justify people’s voting choices. One of the strangest I hear from supporters of the Conservatives goes like this: I vote Conservative because I don’t want the free-spending Liberals (or NDP) in government.
If anyone bothers to check the facts (not that facts have ever interfered with politics) they would see that the so-called Conservative governments have been the most extravagant spenders of any party elected to govern.
If you think this election is costly (and it is) then think about this before casting your precious vote: This election is costing roughly as much as two F-35 fighter jets that the ‘careful’ Conservative party wants to buy squadrons of.
As a democracy, we must have periodic elections. As a ‘peace-loving’ democracy, why the heck do we need ultra-expensive jet fighter aircraft? Don’t tell me it’s for defense. We haven’t defended our territory since 1812. Those offensive, over-elaborate fighter airplanes are used for attacking people on the ground—a function that can be done in far less costly manner—if we have to be attacking anyone, which is highly dubious.
Make no mistake: if you vote Conservative it is not about conserving money. Today’s Conservatives are not the Progressive Conservatives of former times. They are really the Canadian branch of the American Republican party. Is that what you want?