Hi. I recently posted this pre-election ramble on Facebook. Please send this to all your contacts, and in particular to anyone who is "on the fence" or considering voting Conservative. We are capable of so much better.
Robert C Dickson, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Calgary, AB T3A 2M7
It is unbelievable that Canadians would still vote for this tightly controlled, aggressive, outright nasty, top down, reclusive and dishonest party. From trashing the environment; lack of accountability; excessive patronage appointments; scandals in Senate and other departments; muzzling of our scientists and researchers; embarrassing us internationally in the climate change realm and at the UN; tax breaks for their wealthy friends and supporting companies; mediocre management of the economy; refusal to develop a national energy policy; denial of environmental problems and climate change for many years; disdain for the poor; cutting valuable social programs; cutting good foreign aid programs; secrecy and lack of transparency; firing anyone who dares to speak against them or bring truth to light; lying about major contracts such as the F 35 scandal; pushing international trade deals that are detrimental to so many Canadians; harassing good NGO's that disagree with their hard fisted policies; dismal refugee and immigration policies; defunding refugee health care; abysmal treatment of many indigenous peoples; poor water management policies; blatant election fraud; creating barriers to vote for marginalized Canadians; attacking unions; promoting polluting extractive industries rather than clean technologies; attacking and slandering free speech advocates; nasty attack ads long before election call; refusal to attend important meetings nationally and internationally; myriads of broken and unfulfilled promises; purposefully missing national and international deadlines; openly smearing concerned citizens as radicals; using CRA audits to intimidate critics; silencing contrary views; decreasing and eliminating public voice and input; shutting down public forums; tearing down barriers to fossil fuel development; accelerating approval processes for suspect projects; dismantling environmental regulations; pushing through huge dysfunctional Omnibus bills; fighting aggressively First nations legal challenges; ramming through Bill C51 over the protest of scores of human rights organizations; unilaterally increasing powers of national security agencies; making it harder for individuals to hold government to account; lack of action on national poverty reduction; stopping funding to the National Council on Welfare; promoting tough on crime policies that have failed in the US; failure to invest in science; information restriction; anti-science stance and actions; cutting R&D funding; sidelining scientific integrity; jailing tens of thousands of migrants without charges; indefinite detention; impairing watchdog agencies; prorogueing parliament; public harrassment and firing of many prominent dissenters; continued cutting of corporate taxes; decreased funding of social programs, job training and infrastructure; allowing billions of dollars to leave our country untaxed every year; huge budget cuts disproportionate to departments serving the most needy (homeless, literacy, disabled, veterans, youth); promoting income inequality; undermining civil society organizations; increasing gender inequalities; huge increases in federal prison costs; increasing incarceration of minorites and aboriginals; increased self-regulation of corporations; dangerous deregulation (private profit over public safety e.g. Lac-Megantic); and scores of other "death by 1,000 cuts" policies foisted on us by a secretive, bullying, aggressive and misaligned government.
Some might ask how I REALLY feel--I could go on and on. However, the abbreviated list above should suffice to sway any "on the fence" voters and perhaps cause those inclined to vote Conservative to take a reality check. Please spread far and wide, and VOTE ON OCTOBER 19! Thanks. drbob