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Letter: Time for House of Commons to put petty politics aside

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Canada, and the rest of the world for that matter, is facing one of the biggest crises since the end of the Second World War – a pandemic that just doesn’t seem to want to let up. In fact. Even this week, our medical system was being stretched to its near limit. People are still dying.

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The situation begs for solutions.

In the House of Commons, there are 338 members. Where are they?

Why hasn’t an emergency session of Parliament been called? Should it not be all hands on deck? Out of all the members, there are no doubt many who could offer assistance in battling this crisis. The prime minister should listen to them and act on them, if need be. Petty politics should be put to rest.

Critics ask where is the leader of the Official Opposition? Well, he is like the other 337 members of Parliament. The lights have been turned off in the House of Commons – which has been the case for weeks – and, after a 19-day session, have been off for months.

That means hundreds of members, including Opposition members and Liberal backbenchers have been silenced. Canadians are not being served. Our voices are not being heard

Mr. Trudeau and a handful of close advisers, some apparently not even elected, seem to think they have all the answers. That has certainly been proven to be wrong.

There are many issues that could and should be discussed, but we have already ploughed that field.

For now, there are two hot button issues.

The matter of mandatory vaccinations for those who refuse (there is anger in the streets over this).

The prime minister pushing ahead with a vaccine mandate for international truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccinations. There is already a major shortage of truckers, but this move could force 16,000 cross-border truckers off the road according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Such issues cry out for other solutions to be heard, not just one person’s.

It should be obvious to most Canadians that our democracy is being badly eroded.

And, to think, we had hoped for better things in 2022. We are still waiting.

Robert J. Sullivan

RR 3 Blenheim

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