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Our MP must show some courage Open letter to Yukon MP Ryan Leef: I am one of your constituents. I am deeply concerned and dismayed at the lack of concern the Harper government is displaying over the numerous allegations of widespread electoral fraud dur

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Open letter to Yukon MP Ryan Leef:

I am one of your constituents. I am deeply concerned and dismayed at the lack of concern the Harper government is displaying over the numerous allegations of widespread electoral fraud during the 2011 election.

I have witnessed nothing but obfuscation, dismissal and outright laughter from members of the Conservative Party of Canada in the House of Commons during question period. This lack of a sense of integrity and decorum is embarrassing and disturbing.

But this is not a laughing matter. This is our democracy that is being undermined by the refusal of the government to initiate a public inquiry into the dirty tricks that have been alleged. Your party is the only party among five in the current Parliament that does not support a public inquiry. This smells and it smells bad. If there is nothing to hide, then I suggest the Harper government should start practising transparency and not simply talk about it. Restoring faith in our elections should be a top priority.

I would ask that in the next question period you rise and hold the government to account. Ask the leader of your party when he will show leadership and ensure that the allegations of electoral fraud in last year’s election are given full attention through an open public inquiry. And if electoral fraud has taken place, then the perpetrators should prosecuted under the Elections Act, so faith in the Canadian electoral system can be restored.

Asking Elections Canada to hold this on its own, when your party voted down a motion supporting Elections Canada, does not seem like a move that is genuine and in the best interests of this country.

Holding out any longer and keeping up the shenanigans that have been witnessed thus far in the House of Commons will only further serve to embarrass this country on the world stage.

David Blakeburn

Whitehorse /Body