To the Editors,
Over the last several months, there has been much activity taking place in the country and region leading up to the federal election planned for October 21, 2019. This is likely to be one of the most important federal elections of the last several generations for many reasons.
Leading up to an election is the opportunity for the nation to hear from the candidates and leaders about their plans, interests, and policies on stated issues. We are a fair and open society so it must follow that the people need to be able to hear from those hoping to shape our country at this important time. One troubling aspect, however, are the rules which appear to be stacked in favour of the “old established” parties, shutting out new entries that are rising up to speak on behalf of Canadians who feel shoved aside and let down by the traditional parties. Here is an overview of our regional representation in Haldimand Norfolk over the last 110 years: Liberals had 52 years in parliament, elected 19 times with average length of stay 2.7 years; and Conservatives had 58 years, being elected 11 times with an average stay of 5.2 years.