Standing shoulder to shoulder for Canadians
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.