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Let’s get on with the job of governing

April 2007
Re the Toronto Sun editorial “Time to focus on agenda, not election”: although as a conservative I would certainly like to see a majority Stephen Harper’s government, an election right now would spell disaster for who ever provokes it, both for the party and its leader. Plus, more that likely, for the low cost of more than $200 million, we would still have a minority government. Canadians are sick and tired of elections; we’ve had four elections in the past 10 years (1997, 2000, 2004, 2006).

I know that the Conservatives and their supporters would like a majority government, myself included. Many feel that the Stephen Harper won’t be able to pass the legislation that they really want to without a majority, both the good and the bad, depending what side of the political spectrum you fall on. However, having a majority is no guarantee of political peace either, as Jean Chretien so cynically proved by calling unnecessary elections in 1997 & 2000. If someone really wants to spend $200 million, spend it by giving us a tax cut. Let’s worry about majority governments, either Liberal or Conservative, later.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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