Politicians need to ‘remember when’

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Editor: I write this letter to all the men and women who have put their name forward to get elected in the wonderful world of politics.

I have a fair amount of experience in the political world as a city councillor, a school trustee and as a person who worked to get my political party elected. My experience was awesome and at the same time disappointing.

By this, I mean being able to get things done without egos and political interference getting in the way and disappointment when those who were elected, played political games to stop progress for all the wrong reasons.

Over the years I have seen so many men and women who have forgotten why they got into politics in the first place and it is sad and frustrating.

I believe that most people who get into politics do so to try to make things better. When a person first gets elected, they are full of excitement and ambition because they have been selected by the voters to represent them.

However, sadly many of these elected people “forget” who put them there and get swallowed up by the political systems that are usually controlled by non-elected officials and by politicians who are driven by egos and the pursuit of higher positions within their organization.

I would encourage all these men and women, who have been elected, to examine where are they now with their morals and ethics? I would encourage them to take a look and see if that fire still burning.

I know that there will be people who, after reading this letter, will say “there goes that crazy Bruce MacIsaac again” but I challenge those people to prove me wrong and I encourage our elected Islanders to “remember when.”

J. Bruce MacIsaac,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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