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Vancouver woman's letter to Stephen Harper goes viral

Last Updated Oct 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm PST

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The post has been shared over 30 thousand times

Vancouver woman details reasons not to vote for the Tories in a social media post that has since gone viral

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An open letter to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper posted onto Facebook by a Vancouver woman appears to be resonating with voters. It has been shared more than 30,000 times.

In the post, Mary Cleaver details why her family will not be supporting a vote for the Tories in the upcoming federal election.

“I don’t want to wake up Tuesday morning and still have the same government. I don’t feel like it represents most Canadians, certainly almost no one that I know. And the numbers bear that out, if 36 per cent of the vote can get a majority than it doesn’t necessarily reflect all of us and I don’t feel like he governs for all of us.”

She had no idea her letter would get that kind of response. “I just watched [the post] over the days and then it just turned into thousands. As of now, it is at over 30,000. I have scrolled through some of the shares and the things that people respond to, and about 99.9 per cent [of people are in] agreement. There are probably two people who had something negative to say about it.”

She says she was politically inspired by this latest election, and wanted to do everything within her power to ensure a new government is voted into office.

 

Open Letter to Stephen Harper:

Dear Mr. Harper,

I live in BC with my husband and two little girls. I grew up in Calgary and have many friends and family members there. I’m white and in my early 40s. One of us is a stay at home parent, so we benefit 100% from the direct deposits in lieu of a National Childcare Program. We also benefit 100% from income splitting. And we can afford to take advantage of the increased allowance in our TFSAs.

In other words, we’re the picture of the family who benefits the most from your economic policies.

But we’re not voting Conservative on October 19th.

You see, you’ve misjudged us. We enjoy our standard of living, we work hard for it but it’s not the only thing that matters to us.

You assume we don’t care about our First Nations neighbours, or Canadians trying to bring their family members here from war torn countries. That we don’t care about less fortunate Canadians, our veterans, or scientists. You think we don’t mind that to save a few bucks and balance the books we axed the census, dumped decades of research from our libraries, cut funding to CBC, under-spent our budgets in important departments and closed coast guard stations. You figure we no longer want our lakes and rivers protected and that we don’t understand that climate change is a far greater risk to our way of life than Barbaric Cultural Practices.

You’ve underestimated us.

On October 19, we’re not voting for our bank balance. We’re voting for change because we want the caring Canada of our youth back. The Canada that supported our single mothers that gave us the opportunity to succeed in the first place.

Mary Cleaver