Letters to the Editor: October 27

Democracy in Action; Thanks to Election Workers; In Appreciation

Democracy in Action

Re: ‘Democracy in Action’ letters, Thursday, Oct. 22:

Which letter did you enjoy more? The gloating one from the gentleman in Wasa or the dignified one from the gentleman in Cranbrook?

Without playing party politics the Cranbrook gentleman correctly thanked politicians on our behalf for all their hard work in “a you can’t please everyone” job.

It was great to see such a great turnout of voters exercising a right that not everyone is fortunate enough to have.

TR Byrne, Cranbrook

Thanks to election workers

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 230,000 Canadians who contributed to the successful delivery of the 42nd general election.

Once again, Canadians were willing to take time from their busy lives, making personal and professional sacrifices to work long hours to ensure their fellow citizens could exercise their democratic right to vote and receive the election results without delay following the close of the polls. I am overwhelmed by the exceptional professionalism and dedication our election workers have demonstrated in serving Canadian electors, often in very challenging circumstances.

Some three million more Canadians voted at this federal general election than at the 2011 election, resulting in the highest voter turnout in more than 20 years. There was a remarkable level of voter activity throughout the election, which in some instances resulted in wait times at both the advance polls and on election day. Our election workers provided the best service possible to their friends and neighbours in communities across our great land – for that is the true strength of our electoral process: Canadians working hard to make it possible for their fellow Canadians to choose the elected officials who will represent them in the House of Commons.

There will be time in the coming weeks and months to review our electoral procedures and consider ways they could be modernized for future elections. For now, our dedicated election workers should take great pride in their accomplishments and important contributions to our society. I know that all Canadians join me in thanking them for their excellent work in the service of democracy.

Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada

With Appreciation

Glen and Kathy Oderkirk and family would like to thank everyone who so generously donated to the Newfoundland Kitchen Party fundraiser. More than $3,000 was raised for the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Cetnre and Cranbrook Minor Hockey, thanks to:

The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, Columbia Office Solutions, Lotus Books, East West Connection, Snapd, Blue Sky Realty, Bridge Interiors, The Brick, The Key City Theatre, Wolesley Mechanical Group, Grapes and Suds, Capitol Tire, Kootenay Therapy Centre, Dewey’s Pub, Canadian Tire, the Kootenay Ice, Serena Mitchell RMT, Canada Safeway, Kal Tire, West Coast Grill, The Choice, Koko Beach, Trends n Treasures, Casey’s Greenhouse, Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay Fuel Injection, Investors Group, Don Cherry Sports Grill, Hemp 2000, Just Music, Chatters Hair Salon, Carol Gordon Art, Elizabeth Lake Lodge, MJ’s Floral, Live Wire DJ Services, New Energy Wellness Spa, Home Depot, Fran Voisin Epicure Consultant, Karen Chastain, Sweet Gestures Chocolate Shoppe, Real Deals on Home Decor, Cranbrook Kimberley Highland Dance Association, Jean Neve, Ugly Stick Making Crew, Fisher Peak Performing Artists, the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

Glen and Kathy Oderkirk and family, Cranbrook