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Opinion: Why Canadians don’t trust election promises

So why don’t we believe these promises? In every instance, they conflict with real action. Politicians and policy maker’s methodology is to isolate and contain rather than connect the issues.
Federal election 2021
A federal election has been called for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

Previous comments I made in letters when the election was called; “here we go again, break out the planes, trains and buses to meet with premiers to promise billions of dollars to deal with provincial problems, and when we are in full swing, Canadians can look forward to promises to deal with chronic decades old problems, like healthcare, housing, cost of living, unaffordable education, etc.”

So why don’t we believe these promises? In every instance, they conflict with real action. Politicians and policy maker’s methodology is to isolate and contain rather than connect the issues.

So while Canada commits every year to take 140,000 new immigrants and refugees, the federal government will not “stop” foreign ownership of housing while they make promises the private sector will add millions of new affordable houses, add thousands of new doctors (from where?), rebuild the economy through job creation (private sector commitment), and now they are “promising” taxing the wealthy and banks to the tune of three per cent while cost of living is up 3.7 per cent.

When you add 140-150 thousand new citizens, how do you address the shortage of housing when thousands of Canadians live on our streets?

Governments have allowed the private sector to look after our most vulnerable citizens for profit: seniors; daycares; mentally ill; the addicted and those who aged out of government care or whose parents have passed.

When you ignored our eroding health system, how do you add 75,000 doctors and hundreds of thousands of employees in health care? This will takes years so it is an empty promise

Our education systems are in trouble across the country and Canada has shutout Canadians and filled those seats with foreigners. At one time it was just universities but now this includes high schools.

Why do we continue to enroll students from China in our universities and colleges and high schools while the Michaels are held in custody?

While China holds those two Canadians, the Prime Minister refuses to cancel a government ship being built for China or tax exponentially the wheats and grains they shipped from Canada from farms owned by China.

These chronic growing problems have existed and will grow until every party leader looks at these connected issues.

Promises to build-build transportation corridors and expansions and build millions of new houses ignores our food security while land is claimed by urbanization.

So where and how do you address climate change? All these issues have existed on government run reserves for over 150 years and are not even close to resolving. Why should Canadians trust government to slow or fix these decades old social problems? The Conservative and Liberal have consistently failed.

Jo-Anne Berezanski

Elder, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation

Victoria