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LETTER: There's 'nothing wrong' with party coalitions, reader says

Letter writer upset at comments from interim leader of Conservative Party, saying they 'fail the mark of serious political critique'
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The Liberals and New Democrats have reached a tentative deal to keep the Liberal minority government in power through to 2025, media reports say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter is response to a March 22 story titled 'Liberals, NDP reach tentative deal to keep government in power until 2025.'

Dear Editor,

(Conservative Party Interim Leader) Candice Bergen’s comments fail the mark of serious political critique. Throwing loose words around like coalition, socialism, and polarizing is meaningless.

There is nothing wrong with forming coalitions in a parliamentary democracy. The U.K. and several other multi-party countries could seldom form a government without them.

In this case the NDP members who would join the Liberals are duly elected members who represent a valid part of Canadian society. To have their values as a negotiated part of government policy seems to me a healthy thing and the very opposite of polarizing.

Canadians elected all these people and have given them a five-year mandate. Let’s wish them wisdom to serve the country well.

Bill Dykstra
Severn Bridge