“Democracy in Ontario slipping away”?……..Democracy “left the room” a long time ago!!!!!!!!!

Posted: October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

The following story may very well be indicative of the majority of Ontarian’s belief that “Ontario is still a Democratic Province”.

That may be the most worthwhile effect of it but the reality of Democracy in Ontario is much harder to find today than it was back 3/12 years ago!

Ask any school child if Ontario is a Democracy or a Dictatorship?

I can assume that 95% of the children would say Democracy! Because that’s what they are taught.

In fact, carry this further up the age ladder and I would guess that probably 75% of middle age Ontarians would also say “Democracy”.

Here is the REALITY of how bad off Ontario really is:

On May 14th 2009 the McGuinty Liberals along with members of the NDP voted together to remove the Democratic Rights of every Municipality in Ontario from having any say in where Renewable Energy Developments were to be built or when within their boundaries!

It was called Bill 150 The Green Energy Act.

That was the day that Democracy Died in Ontario!

Reading the following may suggest to you that there is still a small amount of Democratic rule left in this Province under Dalton McGuinty but you would be wrong!

Only an arrogant and total dictatorial person who has no interest in operating in a Democratic Society would have pulled the stunt of shutting down Government and carrying on without any oversight like Dalton McGuinty did last Monday!

Our Forefathers and Mothers would be ashamed they gave their lives in the last two World Wars to ensure Democracy was safe in our country when people like we have ruling us now make such a mockery of their efforts!


Is democracy in decline?

October 19, 2012 Jim Coyle feature writer

Queen’s Park, empty: Legislatures are too often the place where idealists become cynics. MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS FILE PHOTO

“Democracies as we know them are sleepwalking their way into deep trouble.”

— John Keane, The Life and Death of Democracy, 2009.

There’s a kind of Clintonian simplicity behind Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision, as he announced his leave-taking from provincial politics this week, to indefinitely shutter the Ontario legislature.

He probably did it, as the former U.S. president explained during grubbier circumstances, because he could.

Few who pay attention to public affairs, including some in McGuinty’s own cabinet, are happy about the prorogation decision. But just why the premier calculated that he could act so egregiously with relative impunity is where the discussion needs to move.

McGuinty surely did so because the institution of parliament has been so diminished, discredited and debased in recent decades — by all political parties, at all levels, in all parts of the country; by news media and by the electorate — that he figured another indignity would scarcely be noticed.

Recent history would have encouraged such a conclusion.

Parliament and provincial legislatures are too frequently the mothers of all disillusionment, the place where well-intentioned idealists grow sad and cynical.

“I had tremendous expectations for my first week as an elected Member of the Provincial Parliament,” former PC leader John Tory wrote in an opinion piece for the Star in 2005.

The sentiment could have been echoed by most anyone ever to walk awestruck into the Pink Palace’s legislative chamber and claim one of the seats therein.

In short order, it becomes obvious that real influence and authority has left the precincts — drifting inexorably over recent decades into first ministerial offices, where cabals of unelected appointees make most decisions that matter and tell elected members what to say and how to vote.

Luminaries such as economist Don Drummond have far more access to premiers, and far more sway over public affairs, than any mere MPP.

In exit interviews of federal members, conducted in 2011 by the Samara democracy research organization, MPs characterized themselves as “potted plants” and “clapping seals.”

Their greatest frustrations, they said, usually came from the arbitrary demands and punishments of their own parties. Many admitted to voting for bills or measures with which they did not agree.

They said the politics most commonly seen by the public “did little to advance anything constructive.” The most useful work by MPs was done away from the spotlight, they said, in caucus or in the less-partisan environment of committees not much covered by journalists. What is showcased, instead, is theatre, posturing, stonewalling and, too often, vicious personal attacks.

Such a portrait of political life is hardly likely to win public respect. Yet it rings familiar to anyone who has spent much time in any legislature in the country.

At Queen’s Park, one of the most compelling, if little-noticed, documents ever produced was a paper written in 2000 by former Liberal MPP Richard Patten.

“What if our democracy started slipping away in front of us and we did not even take notice?” he asked in Democracy in Ontario.



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