Some voters out of touch with reality

There's a minority of ill-informed people who carry prejudices about the political system in Canada

Almost a year ago, I was canvassing in downtown Hope for Gwen O’Mahony, your NDP candidate.

I came up to a house where an older man answered the door.

As soon as he realized that I was there on behalf of the NDP, he screamed at me and uttered several comments.

He first said that he had worked hard all his life and had personally built his house. He then went on to claim that “I” was a welfare bum, who had never worked a day in my life. He claimed that “all NDPers” were useless bums who only wanted to perpetuate the welfare mentality for my “fellow bums.”

I told him that he knew nothing about me and his comments could not be further from the truth. I had also worked hard all my life and had never in my 68 years asked for one penny from welfare. He of course did not want to hear anything I said and I left, not wanting to waste one more minute of my time with him.

This man is indicative of the minority of ill-informed people who carry prejudices about the political system in Canada that are simply very wrong. It amazes me that a person can live a full life and still be so ignorant of what really is going on in Canada.

Fortunately, as far as Hope is concerned, this man is in the very small minority. We all know that Gwen swept every single poll in Hope and will probably do so again.

This poor man needs to examine the realities and come to a better examination of what is truly going on in Hope and the rest of the Fraser Valley.

Dick Harrington,

Chilliwack, B.C.

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