Choose your MP with care

With the federal election only a matter of weeks away it would be a wise move for voters to pay close attention to what the candidates are saying (and not saying in some cases).

Some of the common threads in the comments made by the hopefuls are family, childcare and health care. These are universal issues present at every election. Nothing new there. The other local issues addressed are preservation of Avatar Grove and The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, resources and the fishing and logging industry. Are these your top issues?

Troy DeSouza is all about the McKenzie overpass as this affects all residents living in the fringes. Is this a priority for people in Sooke? In some ways perhaps, as traffic congestion is a problem. Sooke people have a more serious issue with Sooke Road and access in and out of the town when the road is shut down. Perhaps our new MP, from whatever party, will put some pressure on the federal government to cough up some cash for another route to and from Sooke. Every promise costs money and it comes out of your own pocket.

Read what the candidates have to say with a critical mind because, as with most elections, there are plenty of promises made. One has to remember that what a candidate says is not what they can necessarily do. Party lines and policies are bigger than an MP’s wants.

“Unclaimed promises are like uncashed cheques; they will keep us from bankruptcy, but not from want.” Havergal.

The most important thing to remember is to get out and vote. The youth vote is one of the most important as they will have to live with the consequences a lot longer than the older folks. Make a decision based on who you believe would be the best representative, after all, you wouldn’t let your grandparents choose who you date, then why let them choose your government?

Voting really should be mandatory, then we would have true democratic representation.

Just Posted

UVic students return from Hong Kong amidst growing tension

All eight University of Victoria exchange students have returned to Canada

Mainly sunny skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at the weekend’s forecast

British Columbians pay more for goods and services than most other Canadians

Year-to-year inflation rate up 2.2 per cent in October second-highest rate in Canada

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

Canucks erupt with 5 power-play goals in win over Nashville

Vancouver ends three-game slide with 6-3 triumph over Predators

Nanaimo man caught with more than 200,000 child porn images to be sentenced

Crown says Aaron Macrae recorded video of children on buses and at his workplace

Vancouver Island hunters may have harvested deer in area known for chronic wasting disease

Conservation officers make urgent request to public for any information

B.C. widow suing health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed her husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Changes to B.C. building code address secondary suites, energy efficiency

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the changes will help create more affordable housing

Security guard at Kamloops music festival gets three years for sexually assaulting concertgoer

Shawn Christopher Gray walked the woman home after she became seperated from her friends, court heard

Most Read