Letter to the Editor
By Not Voting for the Liberals or Conservatives, Voters Can Express Their Dissatisfaction with How the Country Is Being Run
I think the option of not voting for the Liberal and the Conservatives in this election is an obvious choice. In Quebec, we’re able to vote for the Bloc to remove Liberal and Conservative MPs. In Ontario, they can vote NDP and we’ll see if they end up doing that. To not vote Liberal or Conservative is to express our dissatisfaction with the way the country is being run.
Faced with the possibility of losing the election, Trudeau is arguing in favour of strategic voting. He claims that if people don’t vote for him, it’s like handing their vote over to the Conservatives. I don’t accept that argument, even though if we vote Liberal, it can create problems for the Conservatives. It’s like telling people that they have no other choice than to leave the Liberals or the Conservatives in power. If the Liberal Party wants to prove that it’s a good party and that it should stay in power, then it must prove that it deserves to be in power. These parties make promises when they’re not in power and then renege on them when they come to power. Trudeau is talking like someone who’s in trouble and is looking for a way out at the end of the campaign. Trudeau lost his credibility by trying to make us believe he is for the environment and then buying a pipeline. In asking us to vote strategically, he’s defending his party’s power. He’s also relying on the fact that in Canada we do not have proportional representation, so we’re always being pushed to vote against someone rather than for something we hold dear to our hearts.
Scheer is like Harper. They asked him to appear a little more to the centre than Harper, but that’s just a tactic, as his positions are just as right-wing as Harper’s were. He says he’ll ensure that his party does not reopen the abortion issue, that he’ll control his MPs, but it’s not a credible argument. Women’s rights must be protected. What strikes me is that the Conservatives are doing a lot of lying. They’ve adopted Trump’s tactic that if you will tell a lie often enough, people will end up believing it’s the truth. The Conservatives say that Scheer is now being more aggressive in the campaign, however the fact is that he’s more insulting.
In our region, we had an 18-month lockout because of Alcoa and the issue of the right of workers to negotiate their conditions has not even been addressed in this election.
I think it’s a positive thing that more and more people are saying that they will not vote for the Liberals or the Conservatives. They’re not happy with the way the country is being run and they’re expressing it.
A metallurgical sector worker in Mauricie