A bitter legacy

A bitter legacy Open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Thank you for visiting once again. I regret that I can't make your "meet at the old Shell gas station" public meeting, to say this to your face. Your past visits to the Yukon have been quite d

Open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

Thank you for visiting once again. I regret that I can’t make your “meet at the old Shell gas station” public meeting, to say this to your face.

Your past visits to the Yukon have been quite disappointing.

Many Yukon people recall you ATVing on the Carcross desert, mowing down sensitive plants. This prepared us for your successive omnibus budget bills which decimated Parks Canada, the Fisheries Act and many environmental laws.

Yukon people remember the visits when you rejoiced in the Mayo B Hydro Enhancement Project. You gave Yukon Energy $71 million out of the questionable Green Infrastructure Fund for Mayo B, but the project was rushed through the regulatory process. Now we are saddled with a $100 million debt, a measly 10 megawatts and a flooding problem in Mayo.

This could be your last visit north as prime minister because, with the Senate scandal nipping at your heels, I think a spring 2015 election will be in order.

Now that the electorate are wise to robo-calls and becoming more and more aware of the need for electoral reform, I view this moment in Canadian history as the dying days of your neoliberal, future-eating, dictatorship.

I just want you to know that I and many others across this country are fed up with how your leadership has destroyed all I hold sacred and honourable about Canada.

All the values of nature, peace and justice have been eroded under your watch.

The depth and breadth of your government’s legacy will be a bitter one.

One day your children will be old enough to realize that they can’t eat gold, drink oil, breathe methane and they trust no one. Then you’ll have some explaining to do.

Sally Wright

Kluane Lake

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