People of Peterborough Riding are expressing strong opinions during this election -- many by writing Letters to the Editor of The Peterborough Examiner. Here are a few brief excerpts, just to give you a flavor of the issues being talked about in our riding. If you click on the link at the start of each letter, you can read the full text on The Peterborough Examiner website.
MP Challenge: "MP Dean Del Mastro's comment that no one will
"shove (the Little Lake project) down the community's throat" indicates
that if a sufficient number of citizens express disapproval the plan
will be scrapped. He should show his respect for our community by telling us
exactly how he will measure public support for his plan. If he
announces a shoreline referendum he will be a champion of democracy."
- John Baker, Peterborough
Del Mastro's claims don't stand up to scrutiny: "While our current member of Parliament is good at quoting numbers, they bear no resemblance to facts. He gave the following incorrect information at the all-candidates debate held by Curve Lake...." [ Related link ]
- Chadwick Cowie, Hiawatha First Nation
Del Mastro promises misleading: "Dean Del Mastro made several grand promises in the weeks leading up to the election. One of these is to build a grand party palace on the banks of Little Lake, by what appears to be a specially selected developer.....Mr. Del Mastro is tellingly silent on the essentials. All we're really getting in this process is a bunch of inch-high headline promises that are likely not even worth the price of the newsprint they're printed on. Surely Peterborough voters won't be misled by this nonsense?
- Kathy Woodcock, Knox Street
Riding needs a fresh start:
"Dean Del Mastro appears to be the most partisan politician in the
history of Peterborough riding. He not only squanders our hard-earned
tax dollars attacking other politicians...he divides our community by
pretending that his opponents oppose his rail plan."
- Helen McCarthy,
Tories waging propaganda war:
"The campaign for this election began two and a half years ago when
Steven Harper took office. The barrage of attack ads that we have seen
since goes beyond normal mud-slinging -it is propaganda, a focused
program of persuasion and manipulation. The arguments typically appeal
to emotions rather than reason. Never in the history of Canada has a
standing government made such efforts to minimize their political
opponents....Here in Peterborough, Dean Del Mastro has conducted a
similar propaganda campaign. On a biweekly basis, Mr. Del Mastro has
sent out "the pamphlets." What is interesting about these flyers is
that they are little more than name calling with absolutely no details
or substantiation. This is a classic propaganda technique. What kind of
representative would conduct such a campaign against his constituents?"
- Alan Buchkowski, Hastings
The art of hypocrisy: "Imagine my surprise on reading Dean Del Mastro's description of this
riding: after a brief mention of children playing hockey, he goes on to
tout the richness of Peterborough's arts!
... I find Mr. Del Mastro's apparent pride in the local arts scene
disturbing. I would ask him to please not use the arts like this,
unless he is willing to confront Mr. Harper on his appalling stance. It
only makes him look like a hypocrite. And I don't vote for hypocrites."
- Kate Story, Peterborough
Tory message holds: "The funny thing is, when
I began looking online for information I didn't see where any cuts have
been made, what I found was an increase in government spending....it was the cold hard facts presented to me by MP Dean Del Mastro that spoke the loudest. He
explained how hundreds of thousands of dollars had made their way to
Peterborough for projects like the Festival of Lights, Peterborough
Folk Festival and the major refurbishment to the Market Hall."
- Mike Theobald
[Please note: Link embedded in letter above provides a factual clarification re: the arts funding cuts. It also links to a lengthy discussion on other aspects of Dean Del Mastro's campaign that Mike Theobald initiated in the comments below that post earlier in the week.]
Arts funding fundamental:
"Funding for the arts should be a no brainer. It would appear that it
is Mr. Harper who is out of touch with ordinary folks and their cares."
- Dan Murphy, Peterborough
Tories will take us to dark age: "Think twice before you put an "X" beside the name of the local Harper lackie."
- Brian Bird, Peterborough
Portrait's exposure was off: "Unjust characterization of candidates detracts from the real business of elections -making decisions based on facts."
- Marilyn Tudhope, Peterborough
MP silent on pension cutback:
"Dean Del Mastro would get my vote and I'd promote him far and wide if
he would tell me why my old age security was reduced! But since he
hasn't even had the courtesy to return any of my calls regarding this
issue, this loss of income for me and likely others, I guess he loses
my vote and the vote of friends etc. when I tell them how mean the
- Lily Rosebush, Peterborough
Too tight to cell tower location: "I write this letter sitting in my garden looking at a cell tower that was brought into our neighbourhood in April of this year. Not only did our MP Dean Del Mastro not respond to our appeals
for help, the tower is now sitting on property owned by Mr. Del Mastro's mother, who is getting paid a monthly fee to host the tower. And although Mr. Del Mastro says he has nothing to do with this small piece of property that sits beside the Del Mastro car lot, he likes to park his cube van promoting the Peterborough rail line
right beside the tower on this property he says he has nothing to do with. Talk about adding insult to injury....We need the help of our federal MP to get this cell tower removed. We invite all of the candidates to visit our community, hear our story and have a conversation with us on how to move forward on this very
serious issue. Mr. Del Mastro's slogan is 'a safer, stronger, better Canada.' Well with the cell tower in my backyard on his mother's property, I know I am not safer. My neighbourhood is surely not stronger and folks,
my neighbourhood is definitely not better!
- Jill N. Jones, Ware Street
Train talk is premature:
"....we did have a little problem recently in the south end, a cell
phone tower on Del Mastro property on Lansdowne Street. We collected
probably as many signatures opposing the tower as Mr. Del
Mastro got in favour of the mythical railway. But we got no enraged
outburst for our petition, not even an acknowledgement that we exist
with a tower in our back yards. Mr. Del Mastro, get it down and you get
- Pat Power, Ware Street
Better transit solutions than a train:
"A Peterborough train would be nice, but the practical and affordable
solution for improved transportation between Toronto and Peterborough
is to get out a bucket of paint and give our buses a lane that will
enable them to get in and out of the Big Smoke without getting stalled
in traffic. HOV lanes aren't just greener, they are more financially
responsible, because they make more efficient use of the transportation
infrastructure we already have."
- Clifford Maynes, Peterborough
Bus is the ticket:
"Peterborough wake up. We don't need a MP pushing for the wealthy, we
need someone who cares about the less fortunate and those struggling to
make ends meet and our seniors. That's who will get my vote."
- Margaret Nold, Peterborough
Harper, Conservatives have abandoned environment:
"Less than two years ago, it seemed that Canadians had finally woken up
to the reality of climate change and were ready to support tough
government action. However, looking at voting intentions in this
election, it's clear we have slipped back into complacency.... Stephen
Harper is hoping to convince us it can be business as usual and that
now is not the time to bring in change. The subliminal message seems to
be that the warnings of scientists don't really need to be heeded. The
lack of a viable program on the part of the Conservatives is profoundly
destructive. It sabotages any claims to environmental leadership that
Canada may still have in the world and, on a more personal level,
simply destroys hope in the future."
- Drew Monkman, Peterborough
Cost of growth is too great: "It is well past time for this community to recognize that there are and must be limits to growth if we are to survive. "Empty" land is generally either agricultural fields, which we are foolishly allowing to be covered with subdivisions, or wetlands crucial to flood control and waterfowl habitat, or forests, which supply oxygen we need to breathe. Shoreline is particularly critical as the cradle of aquatic
- Joan Reeves, Peterborough
Clear discussion of issues needed: "As citizens we must not value low taxes over services we need,
especially for our children. We can't skimp on education and health
services for them and then put our failures into expensive prisons and
- Betty Borg, Gifford Drive
Not so nice guy: "Does a leader have to bully you and lie to you for you to think him a fit leader?"
- Catherine Kaye, Fraserville
Harper's Teflon mystery: "Stephen Harper is Teflon man; nothing sticks to him. Can someone
explain why? Experts condemn his policies, but Harper just promises
more of the same. First, there is global warming....Second, there is his policy on youth crime....Third, Harper espouses laissez-faire economics at a time when the
financial system in the United States is near collapse because of the
absence of adequate regulation. Fourth, Harper justifies cuts to arts funding....What am I missing?"- Alan Slavin, Peterborough
Tory path to US: "A vote for the Conservative Party will result in a deterioration of
Canada that we have not as yet experienced, similar to where the United
States is today."
- George Kerr, Peterborough
Health care on death bed: "If voters search the Fraser Institute website they'll easily find an article titled 'Kill the Canada Health Act.'....Harper's Conservative cabinet is full of former Mike Harris
ministers....Get ready to take out a mortgage to pay for major surgery.
....Our tax cutting Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, has taken too
much out of the government revenue stream to allow us to weather the
gathering economic storm and properly maintain important programs like
Voting Conservative will be a grave mistake for all Canadians who care about our universal health care system."
- Scott Cisco, Hastings
Harper claims, Liberals do: "When Mr. Harper came to power Canada had a strong economy, a healthy
government surplus, and we were paying down the debt. Now, the
surpluses are gone so we can't afford as much debt reduction and the
North American economy is a mess. And, lo and behold, the Conservative
government has been outspending Paul Martin's Liberals, who Tories love
to portray as tax and spend types"
- John Hoffman, Morrow Street
World is in peril and Harper is shovelling quicksand: "This election has a fundamental theme that
underlies all of the political rhetoric: individualism versus community
values. The difference is huge: the global climate and worldwide poverty demand government intervention if our children's children are to survive. Instead, Stephen Harper's Conservatives ask us to choose lower taxes, appealing to our self-interest. They refuse to include the environmental and social costs of meeting individual needs. The remaining parties -Green, Liberal, NDP -understand that we have to maintain or raise taxes to combat the most serious environmental, economic and social threats ever to face the country."
- Linda Slavin, Peterborough
Non-vote is a vote for winner:
"If you don't vote or if you spoil your ballot you have just voted for
the party with the highest number of votes, no matter which party wins."
- Len Colp, Bailieboro
Vote with my heart or with my head?:
"This is a difficult election. For the first time in my life, I am an
undecided voter. I have a Liberal sign on my lawn and an NDP sign and
if the Greens call I'll take a Green sign too. I'll draw the line at
the blue sign or the Bloc, but that's as far as I can go."
Slavin, Lake Street
Vote for a better future: "If you care about the future of the country and our children and
grandchildren please vote for a candidate who cares about the
environment and the economy, which are closely linked issues."
- Vivian Heinmiller, Peterborough
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