First Update to Politicians
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Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 07:54:53 -0600
From: Ryan Walker <email@example.com>
To: Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca, email@example.com
I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I
have had with my inquiries. It’s been a month and a half now. I have
contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and
(for some of you) on Fukushima.
Here are the results:
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”
As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful.
I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not
ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY,
we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on
this.” Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and
absolutely no commitment to action. Nothing of substance from my MLA.
Nothing of substance from my MP. No luck with a cabinet minister.
Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party. Nobody.
This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues,
especially with Fukushima. In case you all missed it, we are now seeing
bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as
cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from
Fukushima.) Very real effects are starting to be seen from this
disaster and they are showing up on our shores. And yet, we do
From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences
with you guys, and approach the NDP. If I receive a poor response from
them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay it
on Justin Trudeau. He seems willing to take big political risks. If I
put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done
absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might
be too big a gift to pass up. Not only could he stand up and LEAD on
the issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians),
he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence,
on the part of his political opponents. Seems like a hell of a gift,
I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this. If you do
not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me
know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails. If you
do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or
Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get
on these issues. But at this point, based on your previous responses, I
expect nothing further from any of you and will work through other
channels to try and get results.