Harper neglecting issues at home

I have been very upset with some of the developments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Dear Editor:

I have been very upset with some of the developments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

I know he loves flitting around the world as a leader-figure, but he is seriously neglecting things in Canada.

It was noble of him to chide Sri Lanka regarding human rights, but we in Canada have dire needs regarding Aboriginal/First Nations treatment.

The poverty, terrible living conditions and high suicide rates bespeak of a huge neglect of some of our citizens. Indian women have always been given second-class treatment. The police have a very sorry record of this.

Where are the scientists to oversee and do research on water, fishery and environmental needs? It is truly disgusting to spend $1 billion on a new “secret” building and not be able to fund valuable and needed research.

Fracking uses large amounts of water and pollutes it all. Do we have people to check what the mining companies are doing to purify the water which, untreated, is poison to all life? This is an enormous concern.

The new navigation rules, conveniently hidden in the omnibus budget, will cause changes over the whole country. Why not be honest and debate such topics openly and separately?

Get rid of sleazy senators like Mike Duffy and such. Where is the promise of an elected senate?

Defence spending is wacky — $22 million for designs? The coast helicopters must be replaced. It is criminal to have pilots fly the old ones.

Have you seen Minister Clement’s “lake?” That kind of extravagance has no place in a properly run government.

How much is spent on unnecessary limos, security and other perks?

Prime Minister Harper’s personal security and travel costs must be enough to fund several scientists, or do you know the cost?

Trades training should be funded for a longer term, with provincial and company cooperation.

Parliament should meet with longer time lines.

Proroguing has become a way of life for the Prime Minister.

It is undemocratic and reflects badly on his whole attitude.

Sheila White

Summerland