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We must speak up for democracy

Letter to the Editor from Frank Gowing of Salmo

Has any old way the wind blows become the way we are governed?

Regarding Trudeau’s current position regarding SNC Lavalin, it is criminal for the state to interfere with our legal system (matters before the courts).

When Jody Wilson-Raybould made her decision as attorney general, she did so based on legal principle. She could only change that first decision if it erred based on legal grounds. Whim and whimsy, a bad commute to work or having a bad hair day simply do not meet the legal requirements to change her decision.

I believe Trudeau’s actions are not only wrong but they are a threat to our democracy. I believe it is our duty as citizens of this great country to speak up and to speak as loud as possible.

We don’t have to look very hard for examples of countries that have little or no respect for democracy – Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria and other Arab Spring countries and our friends on our southern border come to mind.

Is this what we want for Canada?

It took the Greeks more than 2,000 years before they got a second chance to live in a democracy.

Our courts need to step up to the plate and defend our freedoms and democracy. We cannot let the efforts of Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott be pushed aside.

In front of Parliament is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In the fields of Flanders, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, Italy, Korea and many other places lie the bodies of soldiers who have given their all for us.

We can thank them for the freedom and democracy we now love so much. I pen this letter to honour them.

Frank Gowing


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