Letters to the Editor
Addressing People’s Concerns
Generally speaking, when one meets and discusses with people about what’s going on in society, they’re a lot more advanced in identifying what the key political issues are than the representatives of the political parties in parliament, who talk all kinds of nonsense.
For example, in the articles in Renewal Update on Lac Mégantic or those about people who want us to talk about employment insurance or regional development, there’s coherent political discourse. Meanwhile, the representatives of the political elite turn all the issues into personality conflicts and other diversions. One can see that this elite is completely disconnected.
The quality of the articles in Renewal Update must be emphasized. They’re short articles which in very few words find a way to go to the heart of the matter. Can one contradict what’s being said? In the article on Lac Mégantic, we learn that the rails are not being repaired, that the situation has gotten worse and that this could end up killing people. What is it that the representatives of the political elite do not understand? They’re cut off from their base. They’re caught up in other concerns, in their privileged reality in parliament that they’re trying to preserve. Theirs is not the reality of the concerns and defence of the people.
Renewal Update is doing important work by placing people’s concerns in the forefront and by giving a voice to workers and all those fighting for their rights.
A construction worker in Montreal