Russ 'Powerless' Powers
Russ Powers has lost all his power, and is no longer my M.P.
Yesterday was national "Eat Your Ballot Day" for many people. This year the ballots were marinated in a tasty sauce, tempting all of Canada to eat them instead of voting, but somehow a few thousand resisted.
Suz and I were two people who resisted. We voted at the church next door to our old house. That house was a fun place to live - sometimes.
The result of the vote was that the corrupt* Liberals lost their foothold in our riding, as well as nationally. Russ Powers is gone, along with Mr. Martin.
I called Russ Powers' office a few days before the election to inquire about why my letters went unanswered. (Read my letter here.) The pleasant girl who answered the phone informed me that all letters receive a reply, sometimes from the E.A., and sometimes from Russ himself. She couldn't explain why my 4-month-old letters were ignored, nor could she explain the Caramilk secret.
Mr. Powers' E.A. was the next to address my concerns. I wanted to know why my letters were not acknowledged. I asked if it was because I sent my letters during the busy campaign season. The E.A. said that was not the case, as they weren't busy with campaigning in October or November. He quickly pointed out that generally, the workload is "awful", with 55 new cases each day that Russ has to deal with. The majority of the cases were Passport and Caramilk secret-related.
The E.A. asked what my letter was about so that he could look for any records of it, as they keep absolutely everything. After I described the contents of my letter, he quickly reassured me that environmentally-friendly vehicles were an important issue with Mr. Powers, stating "Russ would love to drive an electric car."
This lead to a very nice discussion about sustainable resources and the Ford Motor Company. In the end he assured me that he'd get to the bottom of things and he or Russ would call me back.
Election day came and went with no phone call. If Mr. Powers cared about his constituents, he would have acknowledged my letters. If Mr. Powers wanted my vote, he would have acknowledged my letters. But Russ Powers wasn't doing his job . And because of yesterday's election results, now he's got no job at all.
Good Job Russ!
*According to Judge Gomery and half of Canada.