Freedom of choice

By Nicole Trigg

Pioneer Staff

Its fitting that this special Remembrance Day issue also happens to contain stories on local government elections both municipal and First Nations as well as some irate letters to the editor complaining about Prime Minister Stephen Harpers style of running the country. It all relates to the same concept of freedom of choice, which Remembrance Day reminds us to honour every year.

Roughly one hundred years ago, countries across the globe were pulled into four terrible years of trench warfare among other horrors. Twenty-one years later, another World War erupted with more untold trauma and human cruelty.

Today, war is still ravaging certain parts of the world. Luckily, Canadians are protected from this type of upheaval and daily violence. Thanks to men and women who have given their lives protecting our country, we live in what many consider to be a utopic democracy; albeit not perfect, but a democracy nonetheless.

There are those, like Bryan Stanchyny in his letter on page 8, who assert this is not the case. Yet our federal government was elected through a fair process. Those unhappy with Canadas changing face under the Conservative leadership forget its what many Canadians voted for when they went to the polls in the last federal election. If anything, theyre unhappy with other Canadians. Whether enough Canadians like Harpers direction or not will be revealed in next years federal election. Canadians have the power to enact change if organized, passionate and practical enough. Thats the beauty of democracy. It may not be perfect, but it always offers the freedom of choice at the fundamental level. Your chance to exercise this freedom is coming up today (for Shuswap) and November 15th (for municipal). Poppies help, but the real power is at the polls.

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