To the Editor,
Your cartoon of May 5 showing an empty Conservative cage with the lock removed was entertaining – but I believe completely erroneous in its implications. The suggestion of the cartoon, of course, was that with a clear majority, all prior restraints on the Conservative Party of Canada were removed and a potentially harmful caged animal was released to prey upon the public.
I strongly believe otherwise, and, obviously, many millions agree since during the just-concluded federal election, the Conservatives clearly out-polled the NDP, Liberals and Bloc, thus acquiring that majority.
What I expect to develop is a clear improvement in national prosperity combined with an enhancement of our individual liberty as the previously-enunciated philosophic leanings of the prime minister and his party begin to be reflected in the national agenda.
Among these leanings are diminished governmental interference with commerce, diminished complexity of regulations, reductions in the number, size and power of federal bureaucracies – all combined with lowering the complexity and impositions of national taxation.
If I was an advocate of either the federal Liberals or NDP, I would be fearful that the Conservative Party of Canada will indeed succeed in improving both freedom and prosperity and, therefore, the ‘saleability’ of my party would become increasingly difficult as conditions markedly improved for the majority of Canadians.
In my opinion, shared by millions of others, what has been ‘uncaged’ is not a fearful creature, but rather the opportunity to finally reduce the power and reach of the myriad of virtually uncountable, omnipotent bureaucracies that have been increasingly inflicted upon the Canadian public for the past half-century.
Leonard M. Melman