Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Election 2015

Why Vote?

Some reasons for change

Myrtle Macdonald, MA

 

avid Suzuki posted the following comment recently and then Myrtle Macdonald, responded with ideas to vote.

 

"It's time for new Canadians to vote for the environment, exercising our democratic rights to vote for a better environment is the first step because we have now learned that without a vibrant environment, our economy, stability and jobs suffer."

 

I agree with Suzuki, especially his last paragraph: "As our population and industrial activities increase, more pressure is placed on the environment that sustains us. We must elect leaders who will ensure that development does not come at the expense of nature. As people who have survived extreme poor air quality daily and contaminated food sources, new Canadians should be the first to call for solutions to environmental degradation and climate change. Many pundits tell us this election is all about the economy, stability and jobs. Exercising our democratic rights to vote for a better environment is the first step because we have now learned that without a vibrant environment, our economy, stability and jobs suffer.

I want 1). Universal Pharmacare; 2). no tax on health food products; 3). openness, labelling and control of genetic modification;

 

I want rapid transfer to focus on Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy and other forms of Alternate Energy. I want people to realize that jobs producing and transporting fossil fuels are short sighted and destructive to our economy and health. I want no concessions to oil companies and no fracking.

 

The Health and Food divisions in our federal Government must stop silencing whistle blowers, and must stop being deceived by fake research by vested interests, of oil companies and other multinationals. Research in universities is less likely to be influenced by corporations.

The Multinationals and the banks have long been been exploiters, pretending to be benefactors, but keeping the interest they raise for themselves and their shareholders. In the financial crisis of three years ago the US government rescued a few financial institutions that were failing and that appeared to end the crisis. This untrue. President Roosevelt did better and for longer with the New Deal in 1930. Then World War II began and he set the financial institutions and industrialists free to become wealthy oppressors again. We need a government to bring in a lasting new deal.

Dear friends and family, our Creator appointed us to be stewards (caretakers) of the earth. Instead we have neglected and ruined it especially in the last 50 years. There is still much we can do to reverse the devastation. Vote carefully and do volunteer service and advocacy.

 

 

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