LETTER TO EDITOR The importance of political rhetoric
Dear Editor and neighbours, The reason for my letter today is because I received Mr. Guy Lauzon’s recent campaign newsletter. It would be thoroughly appreciated by myself, as well as many others I am sure, if the type of name calling and gossipy rhetoric used to slander other parties was kept to a tasteful minimum. While I appreciate receiving these newsletters, and would like to hear what Mr. Lauzon is actually doing, I am uninterested in becoming infuriated with the lack of responsibility taken for the actions of all parties within the government.
To assume that any party would not incur debt, is to assume that one is God. Debt is a common factor in every election, for every leading party, and in some ways can be used to alleviate future debts. Consider the debt students get into so that they can potentially get a job that would pay well, so that they can ensure a future good standard of living.
Contrary to popular belief, I rather enjoy paying my taxes. I like having social services available to those who need it. I like having police, paramedics, doctors and nurses who are able to live good home lives. I like to drive down my gravel road knowing that while I’d prefer a paved road other people who live on busier streets get to enjoy that instead. I do believe that incomes should inflate alongside the cost of goods. Investing in social services like OSAP, childcare, and providing free medication to the public so they can be in a position to pay more taxes in the future is a good thing. I fear that a rhetoric of dislike towards taxes is brandished about without proper consideration of the great benefits.
As for the use of a quotation by Justin Trudeau, “rising gas prices are “exactly what he wants” - rising gas prices suggests a greater demand than is available, and considering climate change and investments in bio-fuels, as well as the rise in availability of electric cars, is it not a good thing to discourage a necessarily bad thing?
Change cannot happen over night, it must be gradual, it must be planned and it must be encouraged. Rather than energy spent pointing fingers at each other, I’d like to see my municipal, provincial and federal governments come together to use their political ideologies and individual abilities such that good, progressive, and productive decisions are made in such a way that they reflect democracy.
To conclude, I am very grateful, Mr. Lauzon, for the hard work you do and the personal sacrifices you make every day to lead our district.
Thank you for your time.