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LETTER: 'Erosion of democracy' concerns Barrie resident

'It's a waste of time to vote for a candidate or party without knowing their real agenda,' says letter writer
Premier Doug Ford speaks to supporters at an event in Barrie in this file photo. | Kevin Lamb for BarrieToday

BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your full name, daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is from Barrie resident Janet Sauve in regards to Bill 23. 

What has bothered me with the Conservatives lately is the erosion of democracy, because we don't know what we're voting for.

Conservatives run on one platform and then immediately do the opposite. Andrew Scheer and Erin O'Toole were key examples of it. 

An example of this mysterious hidden power within the Conservative ranks was the removal of Patrick Brown as leader of the party in Ontario and the placement of Doug Ford in that position. It was done very quietly and fast.

Was Brown's removal and replacement by Ford really a democratic process? I doubt it. To me, it looked more like power was exercised "somewhere" by "someone." I keep wondering who that someone or those people are.

I have little faith in socialism or in equity, and even less in globalism and in world government, but I want a democracy wherein we know what we're voting for. 

I don't know much about politics, but I know enough to want my vote to matter; otherwise I'll join those who don't bother to vote. Without our knowing what we're voting for, there's no democracy at all, only a tyrant who changes the rules to suit himself or to accommodate a hidden agenda. 

No one should get away with what Ford did, which was to promise voters one thing and immediately to do another, or to make drastic changes in the way the province is run at the drop of a hat, without any approval from the voters of the area. That's not a democratic government. 

Our councils, our cities and our institutions should be respected under a democracy. There should be some sense of majority agreement with the changes before they take place.

As I have said also, Canada and the province have become so unpredictable with these tyrants and their sudden little revolutions that no sane business would invest here. I wouldn't anyway.

Under the Conservatives, democracy is not working — it's a behind-the-scenes power grab going on, one for which the public is unprepared. 

That is not democracy and so I'll vote for the party which sticks to democratic government to restore our eroded system where voting became a total waste of time. 

It's a waste of time to vote for a candidate or party without knowing their real agenda.

Janet Sauve