Hearing the voice of the people

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Editor:

This is not the first time I have felt ashamed of the government of Prince Edward Island over matters that affect the people in this province.

I felt shocked and sad when I read the article 'Plan 'B' landowners warned: sell or face expropriation' (The Guardian, Aug. 10, 2012). It was like a slap in the face to see the words in print. If this highway was absolutely needed, I could be a bit more understanding. I had to wonder again about Canadian democracy especially since people fought long and hard to own land in P.E.I. and now the government is saying:

We do not care if you want the highway or not.

We do not care how you feel about your land.

We do not care where you have carved a life for yourself.

We do not care about the cost to these people or to taxpayers in P.E.I. We have the power to push this highway through and by this power, we are going to do it.

Politicians cannot see from their ivory towers there are so many things people need more: breakwaters to stop erosion, help to farmers and fishers, better social programs, more jobs with decent pay and pensions. There are dozens more absolute necessities in health, education, food protection, safe drinking water and finally government officials who hear the voices of the people.

Flora Jean Thompson,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

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