Kill the gun registry to pay for jets

As a taxpaying Central Albertan, I was very dismayed to read in our newspaper that Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party has “Vowed to cancel stealth fighter deal” — an arrangement to supply our armed forces with the latest in F-35 Lightning II jet fighters to replace our very much aging CF-18s.

As a taxpaying Central Albertan, I was very dismayed to read in our newspaper that Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party has “Vowed to cancel stealth fighter deal” — an arrangement to supply our armed forces with the latest in F-35 Lightning II jet fighters to replace our very much aging CF-18s.

The world we live in, on the global stage, can be very quick and violent. How better to be prepared for our future than with a Harper-government initiated purchase of 65 Stealth F-35s at an estimated cost of $14 billion? And yet Ignatieff politically appears to have a problem.

My memory takes me back a few months ago when we taxpaying voters were to experience an “open House of Commons” vote on the abolishment of the gun registry bill, a bill brought in by former Liberals, which of course Ignatieff must support, an ineffective program that has cost Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion or more a year.

Ignatieff “ordered” all MPs to vote by party, totally negating the “open vote” — the abolishment of the gun registry was defeated by only two votes in our parliamentary House.

The $1 billion or more of our tax dollars wasted every year on gun registry would, after 14 years, provide us with sea-to-sea protection with the Stealth Fighters at no cost!

Sorry folks, don’t quite get it.

But I do know one thing — daddy didn’t raise no fool, or even how to vote.

Bill Hollingshead

Sylvan Lake

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