LETTERS: Denying votes undemocratic
Re: Officer’s role to remain neutral, April 29 letters.
Regarding the letter written by Paul Griffin in answer to my letter, he has misread my initial letter (Tory offensive over elections, April 15).
I did not state chief electoral officer Marc Maynard should debate issues with parliamentarians. Instead, I said Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre would prefer to bully and insult officers of Parliament than to discuss and debate issues with them.
My letter’s intent was to point out the ignorant and offensive attitude of certain members of this Conservative government.
Further, as a Canadian I have the required identification to vote. However, other people may not have the required identification. They are not idiots. They are just Canadians without the required identification. This does not mean they should be denied the right to vote.
In an open and democratic country where issues are debated openly and honestly by parliamentarians – and the use of closure of debate and the proroguing of Parliament is not the norm – the government would be encouraging and helping citizens to vote, not denying them the right to vote.
Ian Routledge, White Rock