Sunday, March 2, 2008

Recent Letter - David Wilkins

This was published in the Daily Gleaner on February 20.

Distinctly un-Canadian

When U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, says our Prime Minister is the most powerful person in the world, I think we are meant to believe this is a good thing.

I, for one, am not impressed by such a statement.

Exceptional power requires exceptional responsibility. It is irresponsible and irrational to invest so much power in one person.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper received his mandate because ordinary Canadians no longer trusted the Liberals. Harper promised accountability and a more transparent government.

Now, Harper carefully manages his party to limit communication and ensure most government media relations are handled through the Prime Minister Office.

Harper runs his government with a fear-and-intimidation management style.

Non-partisan groups, such as Democracy Watch, have repeatedly pointed out Harper's failing record on accountability.

Wilkins may be correct in stating Harper is the most powerful person in the world, but many Canadians would agree this is not good for the Canadian public.

Indeed, it is distinctly un-Canadian!

Rob Moir

Clifton Royal, N.B.

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