Letter to the editor 2, Dec. 10, 2015

Open letter to Liberal MP Peter Schiefke

I am a constituent in your federal riding, having lived in St. Lazare for over 14 years. As my new federal Member of Parliament, welcome to the neighbourhood.

Please note that as a concerned Canadian taxpayer, I will challenge you when you fail in your task of watching out for my best interests. My definition of corruption is simple: Any politician who is not constantly railing against the size and cost of government is corrupt. Period. There are certain prescribed, legitimate functions of government; politicians who venture beyond these limits are unethical.

I'm sure you agree with me that civilized debate is the very cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. Let's work together to ensure that I do not join the growing number of Canadians who have become victims of a rampant crime called taxation without representation. The average Canadian family spends more on government than on food, clothing and shelter combined.

Surely you agree that this is a travesty.

It needs to be corrected, and I trust that you will dedicate yourself to this goal.

Thank you.

Barry Jackson

St. Lazare

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