Notice: Anyone interested in staging a protest over Prorogation are asked to contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Whammy: Ontarians will be wakening to the surprise of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigning from office (I know I had a nap at 7 only to awake to it at 8 pm.). But I haven’t yet awaken from (Whammy 2)the dream that Dalton McGuinty can then run for and hope to become the next Federal Liberal Leader. Ya, I pinched myself, but I still haven’t waken. I am still caught in the Liberal insider dream. “ Liberal insider Warren Kinsella said if McGuinty ran for the federal leadership, McGuinty would win”.
Picture courteous of Sun Media
Liberal spinner Mark Holland CBC’s Political Points had to buff real hard to get down to Liberal shine after Dalton resigned in face of the Gas Plant Scandal: “What a remarkable career (Dalton) has had”. And the reason that the Premier McGuinty gave for his resignation was to make way “ the renewal of the Ontario Liberal Party, that was a great spin too. OOOHHH I’m getting dizzy.
Whammy 3:If all the afore mentioned wasn’t enough McGuinty smacks us again on the head with a political mallet. Now we are no longer allowed to merely sleep, he has to concuss us as well by proroguing of the Legislator, in his words “to allow time for the government to negotiate labour agreements with the public sector”. And now that Dalton has resigned as Premier, under whose authority is the negotiating with the public sector being done? Likewise, under whose authority is the proroguing of the Legislature maintained?
I’ve heard of throwing up smoke screens before, but the proroguing of the Legislator is really more a stone wall. Now I don’t mind political maneuvers at all, it is part of the game of politics, but it the tactic of proroguing is anti-democratic. As bad as our democratic process is, killing all debate in a governing body, and also the ability for that body to bring charges of contempt of the legislature is more a maneuver of a totalitarian state than it is of a government honestly trying to democratically represent a free people. Proroguing a government is not only an affront to the Legislature is a total disrespect to the people the Legislature represents.
For over 30 years I have been an advocate of Direct Democracy. This is a textbook reason that the Ontario people need to have Direct Democracy, and more specifically the power of Recall, so our Representatives cannot get to this extreme point of misuse of power. Premier, Dalton McGuinty has been given the power, and the trust to that power, to manage Ontarians’ collective affairs. But he has, by virtue of the unaccountable power that our form of government gives, flaunted our power (which we gave him last election) in our faces. Ontarians must realize that our politicians must be made accountable to us, and Direct Democracy is the mechanism to accountability. Now that the Premiere has stumbled and fallen, it is time we Ontarians see we aught to have Recall to take control back from politicians that mismanaged the peoples’ power.
As an afterthought, now that McGuinty has resigned, will Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak be out with his knife for the blood of Energy Minister Chis Bentley next?
- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns and prorogues legislature (calgaryherald.com)
- Dalton McGuinty Resigns (ramblingrickblog.wordpress.com)
- Dalton McGuinty’s career in photos (news.nationalpost.com)