LETTER: Under Tories, Watts is not same politician you voted for as mayor in Surrey

South Surrey-White Rock: A vote for Dianne Watts is a vote for Harper himself, not one to destroy the “jihadists in your bedroom.”

The Editor,

In the run-up to the election, it is clearly evident that Dianne Watts, former City of Surrey mayor, is not Dianne Watts, Conservative Party MP candidate for South Surrey-White Rock.

Those contemplating voting for her should not be fooled. Some examples:

  • Mayor Watts made herself available at every opportunity to talk to the media. When the “Jihadist in your bedroom” flyer was distributed, MP candidate Watts was nowhere to be found, declining both press and radio requests for comment until she received her script from Conservative HQ.
  • Mayor Watts attended all public events to get media coverage and engage with her community. MP candidate Watts has carefully selected which all-candidate meetings to attend, seemingly attending only those that suit Stephen Harper’s agenda.
  • Mayor Watts set her own agenda, messaging and strategy for the city. MP candidate Watts has already shown herself to be a puppet of the Harper government, as is every Harper MP. Don’t tow the party line and you’re relegated to the obscure back benches never to be seen or heard of again, carrying no influence.

There is ample evidence of Harper behaving more and more like a dictator the longer he has been prime minister. Do we really want more of this?

The biggest irony for me in this election is that the day after Harper disbanded parliament to announce the election, he rolled out a long list of rhetoric his party would deliver on if re-elected.

Mr. Harper, might I remind you that for the past four years you have run a majority government, so why then could you not have already delivered on all these promises during your current term?

Is this the kind of government we want in South Surrey-White Rock?

A vote for Dianne Watts is a vote for Harper himself, not one to destroy the “jihadists in your bedroom.”

Bernard Abelson, Surrey

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