This is a letter that I wrote to my MP after the Omnibus vote in the Commons. My MP voted in tow with the Party Line and not in what I precieve as the best interests of his constituents. I include this letter, to be an example of how I, as a voter, should contact my representative to tell him/her what I feel. This is part of the democratic process. My MP needs to get feedback from his constituents, and to hold him to account for the times when we believe he screws up.
Politicians talk about them being accountable to us, that we can “kick them out” at the next election. But this is ridiculous when the next election is 4 years away and most peoples’ memories are about 2 days long, it is ridiculous accountability as well when you can kick them out next election and you only to give the other scoundrel party a feeding at the trough. We must contact our representatives or they will think they act in invisibility.
I know it is very frustrating but I believe that with enough constituents contacting our members we may exert enough pressure (the fear of not getting re-elected is their Achilles Heal) to get our members to stand up to the pressures of the Party Whip. Imagine if our member of Parliament had a thousand people as his/her constituency door every time he/she did something that was against the interest of the constituents. They would know that they will never get re-elected. And maybe then they would change.
Here is my letter to Ed Holder, MP for London Ontario.
Dear Ed Holden MP:
You are my MP, so when I heard you speaking on CBC (The House) my ears perked up and listened to what you had to say. As you know the topic was about how Conservative backbenchers seemed a bit intimidated by speaking up to Conservative Party Cabinet Ministers.
Inasmuch as I believe in true Democracy and believe that our representatives should directly reflect the voice of his/her constituents, I was thrilled to hear you say on The House that you are not at all timid in walking up to the Prime Minister and speaking to him……. Only, I went to your office to see how you voted on the Omnibus bill. It appears that although you are not afraid to speak to our PM on your constituents concerns, you are afraid to stand up and vote against a piece of legislation that sneaks in other pieces of legislation in that aught not be in an economic budget i.e. the environment, old age pension.
So that I was not just speaking behind your back, when I heard that you have voted against e v e r y amendment and along with the Party Line, in frustration I told your staffer, “ I know, the whip is harsh against one’s back”.
Next time I hear you gloat about you walking up to Stephan Harper (to give him a piece of your mind) I’ll know that you are likely complimenting him on his dazzling tie.
Here is a picture of my MP, Ed Holder, Fighter for His Constituents.