E-Mails Delected Who's Responsible?Sunday, April 06, 2014 by: Mac Headrick
Since the nineteenth century the first day of April has been designated as “April Fools Day”. It is a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Ontarians could be forgiven for believing April Fools Day was extended for a week this year based on the behaviour of our Queens Park politicians.
In case you missed it the following transpired. The NDP walked out of the Legislature on Monday protesting the absence of Premier Wynne. The Premier was on a visit to Sault Ste Marie. Conservative leader Tim Hudak stated that Premiere Wynne oversaw and “possibly” ordered the criminal destruction of documents (gas plant cancellation). Kathleen Wynne initially threatened to sue Mr. Hudak if he didn’t back down from these accusations. Tim didn’t and by weeks end a notion of libel was sent to him Friday afternoon. Meanwhile both the past Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the present Premier Kathleen Wynne have stated they were unaware and not responsible for the e-mail (gas-plant cancellation) deletions.
What is going on and more importantly who was responsible for the destruction of the respective e-mails? Before I discuss the above I intend to eliminate the political party’s not responsible.
There are plenty of issues that I disagree on with the Conservatives under the leadership of Tim Hudak. Also the Liberal Party since achieving power in Ontario (2003) has consistently blamed Mike Harris for a multiple of sins. Relative to the gas plant cancellation the Conservatives are in the clear.
The NDP Party ruled Ontario from 1990-95. Now that was 19 years ago. The Liberal Party in the past has also blamed them for a variety of failures. Now even though the NDP is not responsible for the gas plant cancellations they have to be careful about supporting the minority Liberal government this spring. Depending on how this issue plays out and regardless of the spring budget the NDP may have no other choice but to join the Conservatives and bring down the Liberal government.
Premier Wynne is upset that the Conservatives are referencing the deletion of e-mails under her leadership. Does it really matter who was Premier when the computers were wiped clean? Perhaps our own Liberal member David Orazietti can provide some clarification. David on a regular basis provides press releases outlining the achievements of the Liberal Party. I personally have no problem with that because taking credit for positive political news is what politicians do. While we are on this point there is one thing I feel should precede any funding announcement. David should first publicly acknowledge and thank the tax payers of Sault Ste Marie for creating the funds that his party spends.
When a funding announcement is made it invariably links the money to an ongoing commitment of the Ontario Liberal Party to support education, health care, infrastructure investments etc. It does not speak of the McGuinty or Wynne era. It doesn’t even refer to the last election. My point is that historically the Liberal Party takes credit for every positive government initiative since it was elected in 2003. Should they not also take responsibility for any scandal created? It is true that David Livingston, McGuinty’s former chief of staff, is under investigation for breach of trust. The former McGuinty deputy chief of staff Laura Miller may have provided her boyfriend with a special password to scrub the hard drives in the premier’s office. It doesn’t matter the head coach Dalton McGuinty resigned and the replacement Kathleen Wynne heads up the team.
Instead of taking responsibility the Liberal Party is defending itself by using the following two pronged approach. Premier Wynne first states the problem didn’t happen under her watch. This is quickly followed by the “I am sorry” routine and it will never happen again. Personally the begging for forgiveness gets a little tired after the tenth time. The second defensive maneuver is a long established Liberal tactic that has proven successful in the past.
Presently Ontario has an 11.3 billion dollar deficit. What does the Liberal finance minister plan to do to address this problem? Last week a budget leak indicated the Liberal Party has plans for 5.7 billion in new spending. Why not? Spending money has kept the Liberals in power for ten years. Kathleen Wynne hopes the electorate will forgive the Liberal Party for their waste and lies. You know what, she may just be right.
As I see it, it doesn’t matter when or who ordered the destruction of the gas plant cancellation e-mails. The Liberal Party is responsible. They are counting on bribing the Ontario electorate with their own money to forgive this transgression.