Dear Editor:

Surprise, surprise, the United States is not a democracy after all, its an oligarchy. Thats the result of an extensive study to be published this fall in the academic journal Perspectives on Politics.

An oligarchy is a power structure in which government is effectively controlled by a small number of wealthy powerful people. People like USAs Koch brothers, who Rolling Stone describe as oil-and-gas billionaires ready to buy any congressman, fund any lie, fight any law, bust any union, despoil any landscape, or shirk any (tax) burden to push their free-market religion and pump up their profits.

Canada calls itself a democracy, but after the last few elections, you wonder. Election wins today can be contracted out. Lamestream media hardly reported that at least 14 federal Conservative ridings utilized a well-connected Republican company, Front Porch Strategies (FPS), to develop tactics for Canadas last federal election. Attack-ads, robocalls, widespread election fraud, are all US imports. Incidentally, FPS election mechanics are the same guys that fixed both U.S. elections for village idiot G.W. Bush.Did your media properly inform you that the Harper Conservatives grossly impeded Elections Canadas robocall investigation every way they could?

Why arent these stories getting intensive Rob Ford like coverage? Could it be because Canadas media is mostly owned by a small number of wealthy powerful people?

These are the oligarchs who now lobby government to defend Canadas last voice of democracy, the publicly owned CBC to pump up their profits. A true democracy keeps its people informed! Dont let Harper defund, effectively gag, the CBClike hes gagged so many others. Call your MP (David Wilkes, 250-417-2250) and pass on to Harper: Get your grubby hands off the CBC!

Bryan Stawychny