Political left must unite to defeat Harper government

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To the Editor:

While Stephen Harpers’ Conservative Party of Canada marches on to war, championing Jerusalem, fabled site of the rumored-to-be-imminent Armageddon, reaping $15 billion of lucrative profits from its weapons industry sales to Saudi Arabia, the left rallies to defeat this climate-change denying, fossil-fuel dependent, economically dead-end, free-market philosophy. Stripping legal rights from Canadian citizens, while granting corporations greater rights to sue Canadian citizens for protecting their resources and livelihoods is not OK.

This “reformulated” Harper Conservative Party is an aggressive lackey of the global corporate resource-stripping economic system. There is no loyalty to Canada or its citizens, nor concern for its well-being and future.

Who among us is not sick with dread that the left will sabotage our own goal to reinstate Canada’s integrity and environmental stability, with well-meaning but shortsighted idealistic reasons resulting in splitting the left vote? We left must unite in a recognized short-term co-operative effort, to defeat Harper’s government.

At the Nelson all candidates meeting (MP David Wilks absent), Liberal candidate Don Johnston suggested, “What about a tripartite system? What if we were the government?” The audience roared with approval!

Once a left party is governing, all parties can debate the merits of different approaches respectfully, and collaborate. Let’s make sure the left unifies to commit to this long process of a participatory Canadian democracy and global stability.

Wayne Stetski, Bill Green and Don Johnston of the Kootenay-Columbia riding, please rise above your differences, to unite the left!

Susan Eyre