Monday, August 27, 2012
We're Not Robots
Open letter to
MP Mark Strahl regaring electoral boundary adjustments
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
criterion of "Federal electoral districts are redrawn to ensure that each
riding has approximately the same population" I feel strongly, is wrong. The
people in a constituency should have some common interest and natural
crossroads of commerce and cultural activities.
Arbitrary divisions of boundaries means that strangers whom we never have
any reason to see, are included with us, while colleagues a mile away are
lumped in with strangers most or whom live 50 or 100 miles away. Distance is
especially difficult now that gas prices have risen and train and bus
services are almost nil.
The priority of "density of population" skews almost all services. There are
fewer social workers, teachers, schools, forestry workers, doctors, buses,
firemen, police and almost every kind of service the farther you get from
Vancouver. There is no sense of equity.
There is much sense of helplessness. There is no way to communicate. Our
voices cannot be heard. Our opinions are asked by mail, but the questions
tend to contain more than one variable, so it is misleading to say either
yes or no, and there is no space to address the matters clearly. This always
happened in the past also, with Chuck Strahl's mail surveys. They were
designed in Ottawa. There was no space to say why the questions were too
complex to answer, but not once did they improve. I sometimes replied with
"Yes, if . . , and No, if . . ." Superficially the answer might be yes. It
is very frustrating to be treated as robots.
The MP should be our representative in Ottawa, not the other way around, the
one who reports decisions made in Ottawa to us.
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