Dear Editor: The following is an open letter to Premier Kathy Dunderdale.
Dear premier: I’m a Liberal. You’re a PC. We obviously disagree philosophically on how we think societies should be directed but I do not think we disagree on how societies should behave.
You were elected by an open and democratic vote with a substantial majority and until there is another vote that changes that fact you have the absolute responsibility to govern in the manner you and your team believe to be in the best interests of our society.
I trust you will use your power wisely.
The media’s responsibility is to report on what you are doing.
Perhaps we can even stretch it to a right to report on some things and not others, thereby influencing their audience.
However, I believe the line is crossed when media personalities use their platform to openly voice an opinion, capable of whipping that audience into a frenzy that is openly rude and personally hurtful.
Mr. Russell Wangersky did you and himself a disservice with his commentary on Sept. 7.
Your party gave you the job as leader and voters gave your party the job to govern. Voters will or will not take it from you. Mr. Wangersky and his ilk have an important role to play in providing voters with factual information on what actions your government is taking but unless he is a card-carrying member of the PC party it is not his job to demand your resignation.
Those who made you their party leader can certainly decide if you are the correct one to lead them in the next election but good manners suggest they have this conversation with you, in private and not play into the cat-fight tactics that plague our political system.
Stories such as the Telegram and The Western Star published on Sept. 7, contribute to the frenzied decisions we make to choose our leaders. Flash has more credibility than substance, parties pick leaders based on fear of the media. I think they should stop this cheesy downward spiral to the gutter.
Voters are swayed by media.
In my view it is time for articulate writers such as Mr. Wangersky to raise the bar. He should assume voters are intelligent enough to make their own decision on his factual reporting. Personally, I hold the media to the same standard I hold you — use your power wisely.
Don’t resign, Kathy. And on the days you wish you had never taken this job on, take some small comfort in the fact that some of us know ... it’s a tough job. You got it, you keep it until the process called democracy takes it from you.
To anyone else reading this letter, I have decided to share with the public: When you read or hear anything that reeks of the gutter, remind yourself that is not where you want your politicians to live and it should not be the place they have to go to defend their actions.
You don’t have to agree with them to be kind.
Donna Thistle, Steady Brook