Open letter to South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings
Is it fair to ask if it is essential that parliament build and maintain the public trust by conducting their work according to high standards of ethics?
Allow me to put that question in context by using an analogy given the recent election interference scandal.
As Chinese Communist Party interference in our elections continues to be a concern, how does it feel to be snubbed by (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau and (special rapporteur) David Johnson given your continued support for and propping up Trudeau, despite his lies?
Here we have a federal government that has failed to make Canada’s elections secure. Recently, watching (NDP Leader) Jagmeet Singh stand up and say he was concerned about firing Johnson, call for a public inquiry and call on the federal government to take action to fix this mess, it begs the question of what is the one thing he can do to get the (government) to do something?
Would pulling (NDP) support for the (government) be the answer? It’s like watching a stand-up comedy routine where someone says the elections are so untrustworthy that we have to keep the people in power who are the cause of the problem to begin with.
Imagine if (former U.S. president) Donald Trump’s political partner said they had election interference and the only way they can keep everyone safe is to just keep him in office.
Here we have a situation where you have been requested on multiple occasions to hold quarterly town-hall style meetings so you can keep up with your constituents’ concerns.
As I have said in the past, I believe communication, transparency and accountability are central to a Member of Parliament’s responsibility in serving as the federal representative of an electoral district.
If you can’t, or won’t, do that, please resign immediately.
Wayne Llewellyn, Penticton