Less than halfway through the mandated four-year term between elections, an arrogant and self-centred decision was made by our current federal government to call an expensive (est. $500 -$700 million) election. We, as taxpayers and voters, must ensure it does not result in a majority government.
There must be a viable opposition where MPs can stop the ruling party leader from making foolhardy decisions and spending our money excessively. Imagine what those millions of dollars could have done for reconciliation, clean water systems, housing and health care in our country. Parliament should not be a place where a leader's main goal is to bolster their own ego and pander to the demands of big corporations.
We have seen leaders who think they are the only intelligent people in Parliament. With a big majority in 1968, Pierre Trudeau was said to have made a remark about opposition MPs being nobodies and I've discovered during my years of involvement with politics that a majority government has proven to be basically a dictatorship with a crew of trained seals.
Now his son wants to lead a majority government so he can have more power and control. We've already seen he believes conflict of interest rules do not apply to him and he definitely does not believe in keeping election promises, such as electoral reform. Those who disagree with him are fired from caucus. Remember our former Attorney General Jodi Wilson-Raybould, who wanted the criminal prosecution of SNC Lavelin to proceed then immediately afterward the brilliant Jane Philpott, Treasury President, who resigned in disgust over the whole political interference controversy?
He speaks of concern for the environment while flying back and forth across the country using up non renewable energy and spewing pollution into the environment. It is our responsibility as voters to research and choose our MPs carefully. Once elected, we must monitor them and voice our concerns to keep them accountable.