Wrong time for brinkmanship politics

It’s not often that I would write a letter to the leaders of the opposition, nor to the prime minister of Canada, but after following the political wrangling of the past two weeks, I believe it is time.
It appears all four main parties are in agreement for increased wages for our soldiers, larger pensions for our elderly, more funding for universities, colleges, and their students, some tax relief for Canadians, and energy compensation for those most in need.
All four of you recognize the need for this legislation. So why play brinkmanship politics?
Why, Prime Minister, would you jeopardize this legislation to blame the three parties for a Christmas election. Is the blame game the way we should be running the country?
Why, Mr. Layton, Mr. Harper, and Mr. Duceppe, would you not want this legislation to proceed and be made available to Canadians.
To the three opposition leaders, “did Mr. Gomery tell us anything new that we didn’t know last spring?” His first report, released earlier this month, placed some blame on the Liberal party, but have we learned anything new that would be grounds to go to the polls?
So why force a non-confidence vote when the prime minister already has promised the country he will call an election following the final report of Mr. Gomery, expected in early February.
All four of you have been elected to govern and share ideas. And any election should be fought over ideas. We should be hearing from all of you what you want Canada to become.
We should hear how your policies and platforms would shape Canada into the future.
We, as Canadians, want to hear and see leadership for our country. In fact, any one of you who can show true leadership and capture the imagination and minds of Canadians will be elected along with your party.
Instead, however, we will be faced with three parties accusing the Liberals of corruption with the promise that “We won’t be as corrupt as the present governing party.”
The governing Liberal party will accuse the other three of forcing an election when one already was going to be called—and not during the Christian holiday season inconveniencing Canadians.
It will not be a positive campaign providing hope. It will be a desperate campaign, with each of you heaping scorn on each other helping to convince Canadians that none of you should be allowed to govern.
Do any of you really wish to be known as being the leader of the governing party because you are seen as the least offensive leader?
Wouldn’t it be much better to be elected as the most dynamic, positive, and progressive, and head of the best party offering the greatest opportunities for our country to grow and develop?
To the four of you, it is your choice. And you don’t have a lot of time to change your mind!

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