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Foote responds to letter questioning loyalty


Dear Editor: I read with some interest and I might add, more than a little amusement, a letter that appeared in the Western Star, the Coaster and the Southern Gazette from Brian Beckett of Nepean, ON.

Dear Editor:
I read with some interest and I might add, more than a little amusement, a letter that appeared in the Western Star, the Coaster and the Southern Gazette from Brian Beckett of Nepean, ON.
Mr. Beckett took issue with a mailing I sent to the area in which he lives, Ottawa West Nepean. The mailing was sent using a method used by all parties in the House of Commons to communicate with Canadians no matter where they live. In fact I recently received three letters from the leader of the federal NDP in my mailbox slamming the Harper government for cutting pay to the RCMP.
I wonder if Mr. Beckett received them and felt upset enough to write to the local newspaper in Jack Layton`s riding insulting Mr. Layton for telling the truth?
In my mailing I took the Conservatives to task for not providing adequate daycare for children in the country. This is certainly an issue in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in the rest of Canada.
It was when I read a letter from the same Mr. Beckett in the Ottawa Citizen that I became amused and realized this man was on a mission, that mission being to defend the Conservative government.
In his letter to the Ottawa Citizen he went to great pains to portray the leader of the federal Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff, as weak for not taking the Liberal MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador to task for voting against the Conservative budget.
There can be no doubt that Mr. Beckett is a member of the Conservative Party although he chose not to admit it. Otherwise, why would he take issue with a Liberal MP pointing out a significant issue in the country on which the Conservative government has failed to deliver, despite promises to do so.
Besides anyone, other than a Conservative, would have appreciated Mr. Ignatieff`s understanding of why it was important for the MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador to vote against the Conservative budget, which we did.
While I appreciate Mr. Beckett`s feigned concern for my constituents, my commitment to the people of Random-Burin-St. George's, who made it possible for me to have the privilege of serving as a Member of Parliament, involves more time and commitment than it took to prepare one mailing.
If that is the extent by which he measures performance, obviously Mr. Beckett isn`t difficult to please. Of course that becomes obvious when he is prepared to attack an individual for standing up for Canadians because the government that he obviously supports doesn't.

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