I am writing in response to a letter by A. Foster in the Feb. 2 edition of the Record, titled McRae’s seat not his …
I have to totally disagree with Foster’s assertion. When we elect a person to represent us, we (the majority) choose someone who best represents our values.
Often, the candidate is chosen because of the party he/she is running for, and that party best represents our values.
Once a person is elected, that seat is his/hers. If we don’t like what that person does in representing us, then at the next election we can replace that person.
We cannot micro-manage every decision that person makes while in office. If that’s what the riding wants, then it should elect a committee, not an MLA.
The only time recall should be used is if the member in question is convicted of a crime or is no longer capable of performing his/her duties.
Now to the question of the HST, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has recently come out with a statement declaring the HST an improvement over the dual tax system of PST and GST.
So what is the problem?
The vocal minority (25 per cent according to Comox Valley recall proponent Kathryn Askew) seem hell-bent on rerunning the last election based on the HST.
The silent majority better start speaking up or we could end up taking two (or more) steps backwards.