In one of his letters he is quoted as saying that “he had met with Vic Fedeli twice and at no time did he (Fedeli) ask to stop the divestment of the ONTC.”
Mr. Fedeli is quoted at a later date saying, “that Mr. Bartolucci failed to mention that at the outset of each meeting he stated that if I was there to talk about not divesting that the meeting was over.”
No wonder politicians are viewed with such disdain.
Here we have the Minister of Northern Development and Mines orchestrating the closure and dismantling of one of the most important drivers of the Northern Ontario economy and an essential part of the social fabric of the north.
Some quibble as to whether he should retire or be forced to resign for his utter lack of support for the ONTC and the loss of the social and economic benefits that the ONTC provides for Northern Ontario.
He shouldn’t be allowed to retire; he should be fired for not standing up for the people who elected him.
Mr. Bartolucci, however, is only part of Ontario’s problem.
The closing of ONTC without any plan or intelligent effort to do the best for the citizens affected by the closure is not the only example of recent moves by the Liberal party of Ontario to reduce cost on the backs of Ontario’s citizens.
The closures of jails in Owen Sound, Walkerton and Sarnia not only had the obvious economic effects on the communities involved but the social ramifications of losing local drug programs and the option of weekend sentencing were not considered.
Nor was the cost of having no local jail and the cost of transporting prisoners at all hours of the day.
The same fate was handed to the horse racing industry. The industry was thriving under a subsidy from race track slots. There was no plan, no effort to minimize the social economic effects on the horse racing industry. The Liberals just ended the program.
The list of fiascos goes on.
Caledonia (don’t you wish you lived there?), a ballooning $257.5 billion debt and $16 billion deficit, the loss of the mill in Timmins and the Caterpillar factory in London, 96 different statutes and environmentally-sensitive pieces of legislation amended in the Omnibus bill 55 without the required EBR consultation or even discussion in the legislature, a green energy program that guarantees $.84/kwh to producers while we consumers are paying $.08/kwh, which ensures skyrocketing hydro costs, and the FIT and global adjustment fees, which are crippling Ontario’s industry.
My list of Liberal fiascos goes on and on. Mr. Hudak and Ms. Horwath, do what is best for this beleaguered province, and stick a stake in the McGuinty Liberals.