Names on recall list shouldn’t matter

Editor, The News:

Re: Dalton checking recall list (The News, April 15).

I hope MLA Marc Dalton has a small shoe size as every time I read one of his quotes he seems to put his foot in his mouth.

The latest example is Mr. Dalton wants to obtain the lists of people who signed the recall petition.

He is quoted as saying, “I really haven’t thought through what I’d like to do.”

There can be only one reason Mr. Dalton wants the names.  He wants to see who signed the petition and does not support him. He wants to make up a “list.”

It would be great if Mr. Dalton spent less time worrying about who signed the petition and more time working for his constituents.

Mr. Dalton, here is the kind of quote people would like to read: ‘It doesn’t really matter to me who signed the recall petition, my job is to represent everybody to the best of my ability.’

Whether we support you or not. Mr. Dalton, we all pay your salary.

Mr. Dalton has also stated he doesn’t want to debate the HST as it’s too political. Hello, when one major party opposes the HST and one supports it, it is political.

Mr. Dalton, if you support the HST and you agree that it’s the best thing for the province, it’s your responsibility to debate it. It’s your job.

The provincial government is funding both sides of the issue, but Mr. Dalton won’t debate the issue because it’s too political. I can only shake my head in disbelief. Although I didn’t sign the recall petition, mainly because I don’t support the concept of recall, I can’t help but think that after Mr. Dalton reads my letter, my name will be added to the list.

Bill Elder

Maple Ridge



Editor, The News:

Re: Dalton checking recall list (The News, April 15).

Sadly, Liberal MLA Marc Dalton’s obsession with the identities of those who signed the anti-HST petition is reminiscent of the office functionary promoted to his level of incompetence who checks wastebaskets and listens at office doors in an attempt to put faces and names to the generalized disaffection he knows surrounds him.

Pat Einarson



Let’s see

Editor, The News:

Re: Dalton not done (News Views, April 15).

A man has a right to face his accusers. Why should Marc Dalton not require the same accountability from the recallers as they were trying to exact from him?

It would make us more uneasy to have our futures decided by unknown persons signing a piece of paper.

Perhaps among the 2,000-2,500 there is more than “some” with less than noble motives. Perhaps not. Let’s see.

Cherryl Katnich

Maple Ridge


Democracy lesson

Editor, The News:

Re: Dalton checking recall list (The News, April 15).

This just keeps getting better and better. Marc Dalton says many of the people that signed his recall were just to stupid to know what they were signing or we were just confused. Me, I thought I was signing up to sell girl guide cookies.

Can this man get any more insulting or creepy? Yes, he can. Now he demands to see just who dared to exercise their democratic rights. I suppose I will be getting a visit from a couple of jack-booted goons or maybe we will be required to wear some distinguishing arm band, possibly red. He can then lump us in with Mr. Dalton’s other perceived degenerate misfits, such as gays, NDP, real Liberals, Conservatives, union officials, union members – he could call them TDTDRME (The degenerates that dared to recall me).

Can you imagine this man as premier of B.C.? You can bet any recall laws or other forms of protest would be immediately extinguished, and would democracy be far behind?

All in all, it is not hard to see why he was too far to the right even for the Conservatives. Mr. Dalton needs to get some books and find out how good democracies are supposed to function, or find another country more in line with his vision of government rule.

“You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.”

Wayne Clark

Maple Ridge