No leadership shown during Harper’s visit

Prime Minister's photo opportunity trip a wasted opportunity for dialogue

I am disappointed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived on Vancouver Island just for a fundraising photo-op.

He didn’t have the courage to address the current concerns of the voting public, protesting just outside the front gates. It is frightening to think that a “leader” would sneak into a function through the back door.

The speech by Harper was written by professional speech writers.  The audience did not learn anything new, as questions were not permitted from the media.

His presence was no more than a fundraising commercial, paid by the Canadian taxpayer. What has happened to Canadian leadership and accountability? Is it any surprise that youths do not turn out to vote? There is no voice!

To show strong leadership, a prime minister must not be afraid to answer the tough questions.

Art Bickerton