LETTER: Time to tighten belts

I am writing this as an octogenarian-plus with some thoughts regarding our current election.

I am writing this as an octogenarian-plus with some thoughts regarding our current election. At my age, any election results will have very minimal effect on my well-being. I do worry about the results on my children, even more so on my grandchildren. Our present government may have made some mistakes but have kept the country on a steady course.

Why do I worry about my family? One reason is financial. Even our present government has had deficit budgets, but they have helped us through some tough times.

This deficit must be reduced as quickly as possible, even if it would be painful for many.

I was born during the depression of the 1930s, and do remember the lean times post-depression.

I lived on a small mixed farm where my parents raised a family of five children. We never missed a meal, and by today’s standards ate very healthy, farm raised food, with the exception of sugar, salt, syrup and bologna. Neighbours supported one another by sharing beef when butchered or surplus vegetables.

We don’t want to go back to those times, but we can learn from them.

For the sake of our future generation, now is the time to tighten our belts and start getting rid of our debt. It is up to government to set a course for the future. It is up to the Canadian population to support the government in power, to carry out this difficult task.

At present we are in a position where we can salvage our economy, but time is running out. Just considered what has happened in Greece, and could happen in many other countries.

Beware of pie-in-the-sky promises and solutions. There may have to be some sacrifices – our future generations are worth it. Don’t leave our future generations with debts impossible to pay off.

Eric Myrholm, Abbotsford