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Letter: Missing Canada

The Editor:

Do you remember when people from many countries put Canadian flags on their backpacks when traveling? Everyone wanted to be seen as Canadian because being Canadian allowed safe travel all over the world.

Things have changed. Now not even Canadians are necessarily willing to plaster their luggage with the flag like we once did. Canada’s reputation on the world stage has changed significantly and we have Stephen Harper and the Conservative government to thank for that.

Do you know what thought keeps coming to mind these days when I think about this country?

I want our Canada back!

Canada used to be recognized for helping to keep the peace. Canadian troops were very good at it, and we were respected around the world for our leadership in bringing people together. Now it seems like we go to war whenever certain nations ask us to.

Not only are we putting our sons and daughters in harms way, we are compounding the problem by treating our returning soldiers very poorly. It is heartbreaking to see how the Conservative government treats our veterans.

Years ago I made the commitment that I would not complain about an issue unless I was willing to do something about it. I miss the Canada that I love and cherish, and I am concerned for its future.

I know many of you feel the same way, and with the upcoming Federal election, we are going to get the chance to do something about it.

Let’s get our Canada back.

Wayne Stetski, Cranbrook BC