Are there any dif­fer­ences in pol­i­tics?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I’m won­der­ing if other peo­ple feel as I do about fed­eral/pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics?

I’m not alone say­ing I have be­come cyn­i­cal of the ac­tions of our politi­cians. I think of Ghiz with a de­gree of hor­ror, and when I look at our present pre­mier I shud­der. The scan­dals, pay­offs, back­han­ders, round­abouts, PNP, Geo Sweep, no trans­parency, bro­ken prom­ises — and the list goes on and on.

The over­whelm­ing ques­tion: what can we do about it, how can we stop it? Just re­cently we had a fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship race, and have a new leader. An­drew Scheer smiles and makes prom­ises to change the way gov­ern­ment is do­ing busi­ness.

Provin­cially, a young politi­cian is seek­ing the lead­er­ship of the PC party, Brad Trivers. I know Brad well and I’m sure he means what he says, how­ever it’s what the back room boys want that counts.

It doesn’t mat­ter who wins, we are go­ing to be sub­jected to the same bro­ken prom­ises. Noth­ing changes un­less the vot­ers change it. We can­not con­tinue vot­ing in the same red or blue par­ties be­cause there is no way to dis­tin­guish be­tween them. All that changes when a party changes power is the pa­tron­age goes to new peo­ple.

The Lib­eral party pres­i­dent and the Con­ser­va­tive party pres­i­dent are work col­leagues in the same law firm. How is that for be­ing dif­fer­ent? Can any­one see a dis­tinct dif­fer­ence?

F. Ben Rodgers, Abram Vil­lage

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