I attended the Communities and Coal information and all-candidates meeting on June 24 (Coal foes hear from hopefuls, June 26).
I’m glad I was there. The event was well-organized and the speakers were excellent. The candidates who spoke, Joy Davies of the Liberal Party and Pixie Hobby from the NDP, were articulate and presented excellent information.
Conservative candidate Dianne Watts did not deign to appear, using the lame excuse that the writ had not yet been dropped. The old Dianne Watts, whom I respected as a consensus builder, would have been there, but now that she is a Harperite, sadly, she has been muzzled.
I remember similar meetings at the Ocean Park Hall where MP Russ Hiebert was the only candidate who failed to appear.
It seems the Harper Conservatives don’t want to talk to the people, they only want to talk to the industrialists. Well, if they don’t want to talk to us, then they don’t deserve to represent us in Parliament.
It’s too bad that Watts wasn’t there. She might have learned something.
Harvey Ostroff, Surrey