Monday, December 14, 2015

Citizen claims political dialogue is being stifled

Cornell Van Ryk, letter to the Editor

Thanks to electronic media, we are fortunate to be able to communicate constantly with our elected representatives. They can keep us informed and we can offer our opinions and hopefully influence their decisions and direction. This is a good step forward in our democratic process.

In Southern Alberta, however, one of our elected has chosen to not participate in this open communication. You can go to the Facebook and Web pages of John Barlow, Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Brian Jean and read ALL comments, both pro and against. They do not (unless commenters are profane or threatening) delete comments or block the electorate from accessing their site. Don’t take my word for it, go to their pages and see for yourself.

Pat Stier, however, has chosen an alternate path. He is very active in re-publishing every negative news article regarding the government (PC and now NDP), and in publishing comments that agree with his position. Dissenting opinions, however, are soon erased and the authors blocked from further comment.

I am very disappointed that we have an elected representative that is so unsure of his own position that he is willing to stifle dissenting comment. I need to communicate my disappointment in the Voice as I am currently blocked from commenting on any of Pat Stier’s communication sites.

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