Perhaps it’s time for Harper to step down

My family is distraught after travelling to Mexico about a highly possible pandemic of swine flu that could harm us physically; a pandemic that might make the bankruptcy of Chrysler appear minor in its ability to destroy our economy.

My family is distraught after travelling to Mexico about a highly possible pandemic of swine flu that could harm us physically; a pandemic that might make the bankruptcy of Chrysler appear minor in its ability to destroy our economy.

Pakistan is in a civil war, just hours away from their cache of nuclear weapons.

Children are starving, the icecap is melting, women are being denied basic rights, and Canadians are being ignored in jails, prisons and embassies around the world.

Newspapers and local TV stations are on the brink of disappearing. Unemployment is steadily growing beyond all expectations.

The list goes on and on. Family stress levels are at an all-time high.

This is a time when real leaders step up to the plate and offer their visionary leadership skills. This is a time when the government needs to bring in innovations, studied responses that are non-partisan plans that will benefit all Canadians, and build optimism and confidence.

Do we have this much needed leadership? No.

Our federal government waits for the next Obama declaration, the next poll or the next meeting to play follow the leaders.

The Conservatives will be doing something on their own as early as this week.

While Canadians are being bombarded with bad news at work, with their retirement, on TV, on the radio, in the newspapers and in the mail, the Conservatives will bring out negative attack ads against Michael Ignatief, the Liberal leader.

We all hoped for different kind of politics for 2009, a more co-operative government and then crisis after crisis hit us.

We lost our jobs, our life savings, our retirement plans and we desperately pleaded with the government to put partisan politics aside and do as you were elected to do.

In January, we had cause for hope and then we started losing faith and now the dreaded dirty partisan politics begin with Conservatives running attack ads.

I wonder if they will have a puffin pooping on Ignatief like they did on Stephane Dion.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to only enjoy campaigning and not actually governing.

Maybe it is time for him to call it a day.

Garfield Marks

Red Deer

Editor’s note: The letter writer will represent the Liberals in Red Deer during the next federal election.

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