Letter to the Editor – PJ Robertson of Morrisburg Ontario asks ‘Do we deserve our current government? – April 7, 2011

It’s said we have the governments we deserve.  Do we deserve our current government in Ottawa?  Should we re-elect it on May 2nd?


Here’s a checklist of its record on key issues:


  • Managing the economy:  $56 billion deficit, largest in Canadian history
  • Spending:  $30 billion planned for stealth jet fighters (for what practical purpose?); billions on mega prisons, when crime rates are dropping; $1 billion on G20
  • Human rights:  brutal police actions on innocent people at G20; treatment/neglect of Canadian citizens trapped overseas; treatment of Afghan detainees
  • Democracy:  first government in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament; suppressing information through cancellation of long-form census; ejecting bona fide students from Conservative rally, April 4th, 2011
  • International relations: losing seat on UN Security Council; Canada no longer a respected peace-keeping nation
  • Environment/climate change:  Canada annual recipient of Dinosaur award
  • Education: low priority
  • Health care:  low priority
  • Arts and culture: low priority
  • Poverty:  not a priority—corporate tax cuts, spending on jets and jails, while poverty and homelessness index rises in Canada, a leading developed nation
  • Accountability and transparency:  a bad joke, Stephen Harper’s ultimate deceit
  • Working with the civil service:  dismissal and/or character destruction of any public servant who puts Canada’s interests ahead of Mr. Harper’s
  • Nuclear safety:  dismissal of Linda Keen for putting safety first, ahead of Mr. Harper’s ideology


Do we deserve such a government, and should we re-elect it?  I believe we deserve better, far better.


The Canada that welcomed my family in 1968—the Canada of Expo 67—was riding high in the world, radiating energy and hope. In contrast, Mr. Harper’s Canada is inward looking, fearful, and sour, and losing respect in the world.  Which of these Canadas do we deserve?  It depends on how high we choose to set the bar.


I believe it is in the Canadian DNA to raise the bar way higher than Mr. Harper.  And when we do, we will have the government in Canada that Canadians and the world truly deserve.


PJ Robertson – Morrisburg  ON

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  1. Thank you, Jamie.

    I think the key point here is: Do we deserve our current government? The letter answers that question.

  2. We did get the government we deserve. A bunch of people in a bunch of ridings voted for their candidtate of choice, and all of those candidates formed a government.

    This is not the late 60’s or even late 80’s, everyone wants a handout from other peoples tax’s now and programs will suffer.

    You seem to forget the Liberals and NDP wanted an even higher deficit…..

  3. I’m sorry Eric, but we deserve better than that.

    The debate should not be about what might have happened but what did happen. From what we know (and who knows what the truth really is given the level of secrecy the Conservatives maintain, even to the point of being in contempt of parliament) the deficit is the responsibility of the government, excuse me, the Harper Government.

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