A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted November 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
“It was my mistake,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told more than 800 Liberal delegates at the party’s annual general meeting in Ottawa this November 19th.
A mistake? Some bloody mistake!
Wynne was talking about province’s hydro rates that have been rocketing into the outer stratosphere under her watch Then Wynne tells the delegates this –“Standing before you today, I take responsibility as leader for not paying close enough attention to some of the daily stresses in Ontarians’ lives. Electricity prices are the prime example. … People have told me that they’ve had to choose between paying their electricity bill and buying food or paying the rent. That is unacceptable to me.”
No kidding, it is unacceptable.
How smug and out of touch with the realities facing so many everyday Ontario residents can Kathleen Wynne get?
People have been trying to tell Wynne exactly that for most of the three and a half years she has been Ontario’s premier.
Leaders of the province’s opposition parties, including PC leader Patrick Brown and his predecessor Tim Hudak, and NDP leader Andrea Horwath, have talked about the pain people are feeling paying their hydro bills so many times it has, by now, become background noise.
Whether it is soaring hydro rates or the calls for an investigation into the billion dollar, gas-fired power plant scandal or the termination of the pay-to-play party fund-raising scheme, or just about anything else that requires some serious action that doesn’t fall into whatever political agenda she’d rather pursue, it is painfully apparent that Wynne has morphed into one of those political elites who has to be smashed over the head with a blunt instrument about eight or nine thousand times before she is willing to accept some responsibility and take action.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for the call Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster and members of the public are now making on Wynne’s government to do an independent and thorough forensic audit on a Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority many of the same public members no longer trust to spend their tax dollars responsibly.
The day Donald Trump was declared the winner of the U.S. election, this same Premier Wynne was on a morning CBC current affairs program saying that Trump’s triumph shows that “we (meaning those holding people office) all have to pay very close attention to how this happened and why it happened. … “People were voting against a system that they perceived wasn’t working for them and was not fair.”
It was a rare moment of clarity for Wynne that, first and foremost, she ought to apply to herself.
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