Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Congratulatory email to the Prime Minister of Canada

I had sent the email off not necessarily expecting a response given the volume that likely occurs not including the spam they must get. In any event the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) did respond politely and it follows my email.
fromMike Murphy ,,
"Vellacott, Maurice Assistant 1">,
Jeremy Swanson>
date15 October 2008 17:43
subjectCongratulations on a stronger mandate.
October 15, 2008

My Dear Prime Minister:

Congratulations on the stronger mandate you have won. It is deserved. I lobbied hard in my community for the Conservative candidate, but the riding unfortunately re-elected the socialist incumbent. We did, however, narrow the gap considerably with only 1,141 votes separating Cameron Ross, the Conservative candidate and Tony Martin, the NDP (No Dads Party) representative. That is a major improvement over the election 2 years back. The Liberal finished 3rd which is also rare here.

I have also written supportive letters to The Saskatoon Star Phoenix on behalf of your member, Maurice Vellacott, who was being criticized by one of their columnists, Randy Burton, for wanting to have the Divorce Act changed to a presumption in law for equal and shared parenting on separation or divorce. That is near and dear to thousands upon thousands of Canadian fathers and their extended families who have been marginalized through the current adversarial system to seeing their children 14% of the time in a given month, if at all. This is creating a generation of children who do not have good solid male role models, and who are more prone to crime, truancy, drug use, emotional disorders, early pregnancy and other dysfunctions.

You have stated many times banning guns is not the answer to the use of these weapons by youth gangs in our larger cities. I believe you are right. The UK has one of the strictest gun laws in the world but still has a high useage of them by youth gangs. It is said many of these children do not have fathers in their lives. I also believe that changing the divorce act will help some of these children by keeping their fathers involved on an ongoing basis rather than on the sidelines. Please undertake these changes, which will be brought forward by Mr. Vellacott when parliament resumes.

It may also lessen the use of our courts and free them up for some of the more serious matters falling by the wayside without having to hire more Superior Court Judges. It could also lessen the divorce rate as there will be less incentive for the mother to file for divorce or leave given the incentive to do so will not be as prominent in a changed process. Rather, counselling services may be used with greater frequency to try and resolve the issues. I can say with great accuracy and experience it will change profoundly the social context of families and will be a positive force for future generations of our most valued resource - our children.

Michael Murphy
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 6J8

fromPrime Minister/Premier Ministre
toMike Murphy
date24 October 2008 14:44
subjectOffice of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre
hide details 14:44 (20 minutes ago)
Dear Mr. Murphy:

On behalf of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail correspondence.

Thank you for writing to share your views on a number of topics with the Prime Minister. He is always pleased to receive comments from Canadians on the important issues facing our nation. Please be assured that your correspondence has been given careful consideration.

S. Russell
Executive Correspondence Officer
Agent de correspondance
de la haute direction

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