LETTERS: Two ways to cast ballot

Editor: Re: Seven on the ballot, Nov. 22.

Editor:

Re: Seven on the ballot, Nov. 22.

In this federal byelection, should we vote primarily on local issues or national issues?

As this is a federal election, I suggest the latter, as local issues are dealt with provincially.

For a very long time the voters living in South Surrey-White Rock have been conservative-minded and voted accordingly. This is not the time to change, especially with so many on the ballot.

We have already seen too much of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He is very good at photo ops, worldwide expensive travel for business and pleasure, grandiose pronouncements, massive debt increasing spending with no end in sight, many broken promises with very little accomplished and not likely to change.

Now is not the time to abandon our conservative tendencies.

And, it is purely coincidental; I am not a relative of, nor have I ever met, current candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

Don Findlay, Surrey

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The choices for voters in the upcoming federal byelection in South Surrey-White Rock are pretty black-and-white as I see it.

If the results of the 2015 federal election can be used as a reliable guide, when Dianne Watts of the Conservatives squeaked out a narrow victory over Judy Higginbotham of the Liberals by less than 1,500 votes, the choice really comes down to Gordie Hogg or Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

Hogg was born and raised in White Rock, and has served his community for decades as a councillor, mayor, MLA, board member of numerous non-profit societies and as an avid volunteer in dozens of community causes here on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

As for Findlay, I can find no indication that she has any links to the community, or even a past history of activism here.

I realize that for some voters, the history of service to the community doesn’t really matter when selecting a member of Parliament. However, in my opinion it should, particularly in a byelection where voters are being asked to elect a new MP for the remaining half of a four-year term.

A voice in Parliament from someone who has served this community his entire life should definitely count for something, both in the short and longer term.

Greg Sewell, Surrey

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