Don Davies: NDP offers leadership you can trust

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      Canadians are going to the polls in May, and one of the key issues in this election will be trust. Who do you trust to respect democracy and be accountable? Who do you trust to work cooperatively with other parties to make good policies? Who do you trust to make life more affordable for your family?

      This is an appropriate theme for an election that was triggered by a question of trust. Specifically, we are having an election because of the three Cs of the Conservative government—corruption, contempt for Parliament, and cynicism—an approach to politics that places division and fear above unity and hope.

      In Vancouver Kingsway, voters are all too familiar with politicians breaking their trust. David Emerson’s floor-crossing from Liberal to Conservative sparked a public outcry. It showed the priority that Canadians place on integrity and honesty, and illustrated the power and willingness of voters to enforce these concepts.

      Voters across B.C. felt the same betrayal when the Liberals conspired with the Conservatives to impose the HST. B.C. families were ambushed with this new tax weeks after an election when they were promised the opposite. Like the voters of Vancouver Kingsway, British Columbians said no. Hundreds of thousands signed petitions opposing the HST.

      In June, British Columbians will have a provincial referendum on the HST. But the May 2 federal election is also an opportunity to pass judgement on the federal government that imposed it. In Ottawa, both Liberals and Conservatives voted for the HST, even though they had no mandate from the people to do so. They did this even though polls showed that 80 percent of British Columbians opposed the HST.

      Standing alone for British Columbians, only New Democrats voted against this regressive and ill-timed tax.

      However, the HST is just one reason why B.C. voters trust New Democrats.

      Over the past seven years of minority governments in Canada, the NDP has worked cooperatively with other parties to get things done. In 2005, we re-wrote the budget to secure unprecedented investments in education, public transit, and environmental programs. Two years ago, we pressured the Conservatives to invest $1 billion in extended employment insurance at the height of the recession. Recently we passed our national affordable housing plan and climate change bill through Parliament.

      In this election, we are continuing to propose practical and affordable solutions to help Canadians.

      New Democrats will cap exorbitant credit card fees that are bad for small businesses and consumers alike. We will train thousands of new family doctors and nurses for people who don’t have access to this basic health care. We will make targeted investments in small businesses that create good jobs and sustain a strong local economy. We will end massive subsidies for the tar sands, and re-invest in green technology to lower emissions and energy costs. We will increase retirement security by boosting public pensions, and raise the GIS to lift every senior out of poverty. New Democrats believe that we must devote more resources to crime prevention, community policing, and addressing the root causes of crime: poverty, mental illness, and addictions.

      In a time of increased voter cynicism and plummeting turnout, politicians of all stripes have a duty to restore the trust of voters. Campaigns should be about issues and ideas, not divisive politics. We in the NDP are proud to contribute positive policies that will make life better for all Canadians.

      Serving the people of Vancouver Kingsway, we have worked hard to reverse the democratic deficit in our community. I introduced legislation to ban floor-crossing, published my MP expenses, and regularly disclosed my voting record to be accountable to, and transparent with, our constituents.

      Canadians deserve representatives they can trust. If Canadians are looking for leadership they can trust to work cooperatively in Ottawa on their behalf, they have a clear choice in this election: elect more New Democrat members of Parliament.

      Don Davies is seeking re-election as the NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway.

      Comments

      14 Comments

      Miranda Lee

      Apr 5, 2011 at 6:56pm

      As a resident of Vancouver Kingsway for over 15 years and as a 1st generation Canadian, I can firmly say that Don Davies understands and listens to the needs of his constituency. I applaud Don for his candid nature in addressing real issues facing our community. Great article Don, you can count on my vote!

      David Akerson

      Apr 5, 2011 at 7:16pm

      Great article, nothing but truth.

      Bruno15

      Apr 5, 2011 at 11:15pm

      The federal NDP voted against the reduction in the GST rates from 7%to 5% and is now opposing the HST as an increase in consumption taxes. Huh? The NDP can bellow all it likes because it will never have the responsibility of forming government. To do that one needs to be concerned about not only how Canada redistributes wealth, but also how Canada creates wealth. The latter is just not something the NDP feels it needs to burden itself with.

      Elizabeth Rosenau

      Apr 5, 2011 at 11:33pm

      Although I'm not from Don's riding, I am a huge fan. My family was greatly affected by the G20 security fiasco and unlike my Conservative MP, Don genuinely cared about our plight. Vancouver Kingsway people are very lucky indeed to have Don to represent them.

      Tracey

      Apr 6, 2011 at 12:22am

      Don's a stand-up guy, extremely hard-working and very competent. I got his voting report in the mail. It's refreshing to have an MP who believes in transparency and democracy! I like what Don's doing and I want to see more of it.
      There is no better choice for Vancouver Kingsway than Don Davies.

      Taxpayers R Us

      Apr 6, 2011 at 1:40am

      NDP = trust?

      ?

      LOL

      Second Nation

      Apr 6, 2011 at 7:08am

      I walk a lot in Vancouver Kingsway. I've seen Don a number of times, including out riding his bike. Last year I recognized him as he was cycling up my street. I waved and said hello. He stopped and asked me how things were going, what I thought about the community, about the economy, about federal politics.

      He's a breath of fresh air.

      kaur

      Apr 6, 2011 at 7:26am

      Hey Don, I live in your riding and the Liberal people have already called me and knocked on my door. I voted for you last time (I rarely ever vote for NDP), but this time I'm a little worried about the competition...
      I think you need more exposure in the Little Chinatown area on Victoria Drive...

      John K

      Apr 6, 2011 at 12:26pm

      I just don’t get it.

      NDP voted against to reduce GST from 7% to 5%, and today they are pretending again HST. What’s it? Splitting personalities?

      NDP was a party of principle; today it’s a party of the opportunists under Jack Layton.

      No Name

      Apr 6, 2011 at 12:35pm

      I am wondering how Don Davies feel about Carbon Tax now that his provincial NDP cousins had a change of hearts.