‘No more delays’

Dear Editor:

I think most of us are well aware of how complex governing at the federal level must be.

I realize I don’t even know a fraction of what it takes to be prime minister, to be a part of a caucus or a huge bureaucracy. What appears to me to be a “no brainer” is filled with “what ifs” in Ottawa.

What I do know is our responsibility to help those who have helped us. Maybe most Canadians didn’t approve of our participation in Afghanistan, but we did participate. Although our country withdrew several years ago, the legacy of our time there lives on.

I would like to add my voice to those who have been imploring the federal government to act swiftly to rescue those in Afghanistan who have worked with the Canadian government and to bring them here immediately. No more delays. No more “what ifs.”

Omicron is not the only health crisis. Starvation and malnutrition spread rapidly when there is no money for your labour and no money for food. Safe places for hiding because you have worked for the Canadian government and military are only “safe” for so long. Bureaucracy moving slowly is not a luxury for those whose lives are at risk. They do not have the privilege of time off for the holidays.

All governments in democracies listen to the public. So please contact your MP on this issue so it will make it up the ladder and land on the desk of the prime minister.

Janet Calderwood,