"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday 8 June 2013

A Cacaphony.

It's hard to focus when the noise is coming at you from a hundred, it seems, different directions. 

The  news  on  Canada's  western satellites includes  news  from the East. News  in  the East  doesn't have the  same  element of  the west but generally, we're not missing much ,no matter where we are
tuned in. 

It's easy to listen to all of it and react   Not so easy to focus on a particular issue and respond.

The Ontario issue of the cancelled power generation plants have taken what I thought from the beginning  would be an inevitable turn . 

At the time it was made, the decision was unbelievable. 

Not only were the contracts signed  and sealed ,  the projects were up and out of the ground. 

Legally there was no turning back at that point without horrendous penalties. And I mean legal  liabilities. 

That the decision, made on the eve of an election, removed it from any other possibility than political was without question. 

Only one individual could have made it. It had to be the Premier. No-one else came close to having  authority. Even  that is questionable. 

But  it means only one  can be held accountable

Premier Kathleen Wynne offers the explanation the wrong decision was made on  location of  the plants.

If it was , why were contracts signed and  stamped with the Official  Seal.?

Why was construction well under way and the decision not changed  until it appeared the Liberal Party might not win a governing majority.?

At what point is the public interest wholly subservient to political expediency?

Why did  staff in  the Premier's office take  it upon themselves to delete the e-mail trail  on  the  contract cancellations?

How could there be such ignorance of  the importance of the public recordz?

The questions are endless . As it seems is the tally of the cost of the cancellation decision.

The figure is  now up to $849 million .

How can ithat be explained?  rationalized ?  justified ? excused or accounted for? 

I think the story is  only half -told. 

And police involvement  is a politician's worst nightmare ?



Anonymous said...

But, Evelyn, he claims he did not know about all the shredding of papers. It was his ship but he was not in charge. So far, there does not seem to be anything that could bring retribution through possible legal action or the courts. Not even a financial penalty. But there does seem to be more to come. It would be nice to see responsibility accepted for a change. Fat chance.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering which mess you would select. So many from which to chose.

Anonymous said...

Off topic
Margaret Wente had a good article on why journalists should not become senators. I would have liked to read the comments but there were none allowed. The Globe has done this with several articles, one about Mayor Ford. Are they worried about being sued ?