Dear Editor: I was so disheartened and angered to see the article in Thursday’s Western Star regarding the trouble students had experienced when trying to vote in the City of Corner Brook election.
How dare anyone to question their desire to vote in a democratic society. As a candidate, I met with Chesley Noel, Nick Mercer and Matthew Brockel, part of the executive of Grenfell Student College Union. These students have real concerns, not only for students, but for all citizens of Corner Brook.
These are dedicated individuals who were integral in the setting up and presenting of the only public forum for the people of Corner Brook to get to know the candidates they were about to vote for to run our city.
The students hold a genuine concern for the amount of waste that is going to our landfills and our harbour. If not for meeting them I would never have known that Grenfell has an under-utilized industrial composter which they hoped could help, if they expanded partnerships with possible user groups in the city.
They are concerned for all low income individuals who have to pay poll tax not just students.
They are also concerned about equality and about our transit system, just to name a few others.
I believe there’s a serious fault in the system when young vibrant people, with excellent knowledge of the issues are questioned and turned away from a voting station.
The City of Corner Brook owes these citizens an enormous apology. We should be embracing these young mines and ideas. What a resource. To the Grenfell College Student Union my heartfelt thanks go out for the work and efforts you put forth in this election. I’m ashamed at the way you were treated. Do not let your enthusiasm falter and please continue to press the issues.
Congratulations to those elected. Meet with these students, they are a wealth of knowledge and ideas. To all those that voted for me, my many thanks.
Gerard Lee, Corner Brook