If I found Norman Keller’s letter of June 9 offensive in its biting sarcasm, I was even more troubled to see him equate the NDP’s policies with those of countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya and China. Surely Mr. Keller knows the ideologies of these regimes are diametrically opposed to those of socially responsible parties such as the NDP.
Since the Conservatives were voted into power by approximately 40 per cent of the population, Mr. Keller should not assume that Canadians as a whole share his point of view. I was also a fairly amused when he referred to the NDP as elitist. What a strange thing to say when it is precisely the NDP that has traditionally put the concerns of Mainstreet Canada ahead of those on Baystreet which, in effect, could be considered an elitist group.
As to Mr. Keller’s suggestion that the Canadian lives lost in the two world wars led to our freedom to choose, it would perhaps be useful to heed Maj.Gen. Butler’s warning that “War is a racket. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”