A letter by Brendon Johnson in Thursday’s paper (Voting for change while ignoring policies is not wise, Aug. 20) suggests that voters are seeking political change for its own sake, without considering matters of policy. I believe this is not the case at all; people are not ignoring policies, they are demanding they be changed.
In fact it is precisely the consideration of issues like those mentioned – integrity in government, economic management, and international relations – that is driving this demand for change. To this list I would add other serious concerns, such as environmental policy, democratic rights and freedoms, transparency, and accountability, to name a few.
I agree that a thoughtful, considered decision is best for Canada. However, unlike the letter’s author, I believe most voters will indeed cast their votes for politicians capable of providing effective, reliable government. That is why they will vote for change.