Stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der for Cana­di­ans


Dear edi­tor,

Re­cently I watched a photo op of Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper stand­ing shoul­der-to-shoul­der with Premier Danny Wil­liams.

They were view­ing some of the dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Hur­ri­cane Igor and dis­cussing re­con­struc­tion of crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture. It was heart­en­ing to see two men set aside their politi­cotestos­terone-driven per­sonal an­i­mos­ity for the good of fel­low Cana­di­ans.

It was heart­en­ing be­cause I want to be­lieve Mr. Harper might — some­day — re­al­ize that putting aside his rigid ide­o­log­i­cal agenda and work­ing with peo­ple who hold dif­fer­ent points of view can be more re­ward­ing than try­ing to win ev­ery ar­gu­ment with petty games­man­ship.

If Mr. Harper could only demon­strate a gen­uine in­ter­est in ris­ing above his cur­rent di­vi­sive style of lead­er­ship, then he might con­vince enough Cana­di­ans that he is wor­thy of lead­ing a ma­jor­ity govern­ment.

In the mean­time, I would en­cour­age him to di­rect fed­eral govern­ment agen­cies to gen­er­ously sup­port the good peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador in their time of need. Lloyd Atkins Ver­non, B.C.

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