NDP MLA would help Kootenay-Columbia reputation

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To the Editor:

I attended the all candidates forum in Creston on April 15 and was pleased with Mark Shmigelsky’s showing. It is reassuring to hear a candidate who has the knowledge and attitude to represent Canadians internationally.

The NDP is proposing policies that will guide us in the future and keep Canada from becoming mired in the economic and political policies that have jeopardized the economies of some European countries, as well as our neighbours to the south. Our historic banking system has saved us so far, but can’t perform miracles.

Jack Layton is demonstrating his maturity to represent us internationally and be creative about correcting the mistakes that have led so many developed countries to the verge of bankruptcy, and is even slowly brining separatists to reconsider the advantages of being Canadian.

Mark played hockey in his early years and worked as a lumber grader at the same time he was elected to Invermere city council. His three terms as a councillor and three terms as mayor and as a director on the board of the Regional District of East Kootenay when he was involved in the international conference on the value of wetlands held in the Columbia Valley have obviously given him the know-how and presence to be an effective representative for his constituents, as well as an effective representative for Canada. He would regain our international reputation.

Peter Ross