John Gleeson’s article (“Federal riding suddenly wide open,” May 10) stated that MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones was “not a heavy hitter” in Parliament. We could take issue with that all-embracing comment. However, to the extent she was not a heavy hitter, that may be because the Prime Minister for some inexplicable reason (known to God alone) continually passed over her in appointing people to the cabinet who did not have her superior experience, knowledge, talent, and intellect. In her pre-parliamentary role as a successful mayor of West Vancouver, she was used to giving orders, but did not have that opportunity as an MP.
The same with retired and highly decorated Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie. We are sure that their being overlooked by the PM for more influential positions played a large part in these one-term highly qualified MPs calling it quits.
George and Terry Goulet, Sechelt