Give Conservatives a chance to govern

I have just come from the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce all candidates debate and felt called to put pen to paper in,” The way we see it” … it was a good debate and thank you to our Chamber.

All spoke well and earnestly in their individual point of view. I was impressed by the organization energy and preparedness of Stephen Hill with his hard work on his five point job creation plan, and being a major player in getting the midway mills running again. Well done, Stephen! Alex did well for all of us on the passport issue, but he is very limited in what he can do by not being in the party in office.

The only way I see to brake this expensive and frustrating impasse of repeated elections and wasting millions of dollars is to get enough Conservative candidates into office and let them demonstrate how they can really care for Canada well and move ahead. They have already demonstrated their ability to do so in this minority situation.

We have seen and are now enjoying the many good things done during the last term and will do better when in majority with cooperation of the other parties even though they kept up their negative partisan attacks all through the house sittings instead of seeking to create, and present good legislation to be co-operatively negotiated.

Our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper is scrupulously honest and keeps his word, if at all possible, in the minority situation; for instance he promised to end the long gun registration and tried, but was blocked by the parties fighting him rather than trying to negotiate the best for our people. He kept his word even at the expense of losing his seat on the UN Security Council. Integrity was more important to our Prime Minister than recognition and power for power sake (which I fear is a goal of the untried worry some liberal leader?).

Our Prime Minister is a serious man, but carries himself and looks like a Prime Minister should, to bring respect to our Nation. He is able to remain calm in trying situations and the verbal attacks of the other parties and media. We need to do all we can to give Stephen Harper and our Conservative Party opportunity to really show how well they can govern our Nation in a full majority mandate and get away from these costly repeated elections. We need to have our own person in our majority party. Voting for Stephen Hill for this term and allowing our Alex to retire knowing he has done the best he could seems to me to be our only and best option.  Let us try the Conservatives for 1 full term.

Bob Sahlstrom

Castlegar

Just Posted

Photo: Trail Times
Trail RCMP start June by nabbing impaired drivers

Latest brief from the Trail and Greater District police

“This is very costly to replace and it seems that Rossland is getting more and more theft and vandalism happening, which is really unfortunate,” says the commission’s Michelle Fairbanks. Photo: Submitted
Two plaques stolen from Rossland heritage square

The plaques were located at Washington and Columbia by the Olaus statue

No matter your age, the city’s two skate park hosts Jaryd Justice-Moote (left) and Brenden Wright can help you roll into a new pastime this “Summer at the Skatepark.” Photo: City of Trail
Free coaching at the Trail Sk8Park begins next month

The city is rolling into a summer of inclusive recreation by, for… Continue reading

Pastor Tom Kline
‘Why I became a Christian’ with Pastor Tom Kline

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also… Continue reading

Protestors blocking Columbia Avenue Saturday evening. Photo: Betsy Kline
Old growth protesters begin 24-hour blockade of Castlegar’s main street

Members of Extinction Rebellion plan to stay overnight

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read