"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 31 October 2015


Things are quiet this morning. Only a short exchange about mail delivery in the works. 

Boxes in my neighborhood, my son's  and my daughter's  in Newmarket are in close proximity to our homes and although I could likely qualify for home delivery once a week, I will not be making that request. 

It's worth noting NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised to restore mail delivery to homes. The  Party was not successful . Not enough posties  or associate labour organizations to benefit from that promise I guess. 

The NDP is fifty-one years old .Older if the CCF is counted. 

Yesterday's Ontario news was dominated by discussion of funneling of provincial funds into the coffers of teachers unions and of the  sale of 60% of Ontario Hydro under  short term gain with long term pain. 

NDP Provincial Leader Andrea Horvath had something to say about the latter and nothing  at all  about the former.

i suppose if a political party's base is organized labour. it behooves the party to protect it's base.

But if theory of representation is the elected  are responsible to act in the interest of the community -at-large  and  conflict develops between the interest of organized labour and the community-at -large,how should that be reconciled?

The Provincial government transferred funds from the public treasury into teachers union coffers....from management to labour.....doesn't matter why... members pay dues for the cost of negotiations.....the public pay taxes....it's not enough to be right  ...it must be seen to be right.

There  is no good excuse for the Minister of Education to be so abysmally ignorant of the rules of bargaining . 

Management and Labour have separate and distinct responsibilities.  

That the  teachers organization is a public service Union and  also politically organized  makes the situation  a hundred times worse. 

There  is no need for an investigation. 

The  facts are acknowledged

The Minister  should resign. 


Anonymous said...

I would be absolutely gob-smacked if there was a resignation.

Anonymous said...

"It's worth noting NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised to restore mail delivery to homes."

Even more noteworthy - and more importantly - our incoming Prime Minister made that same promise.

Anonymous said...

"The Minister should resign."

The Premier should set the standard and resign first. Isn't that what leadership is all about?

Anonymous said...

Ain't going to happen. There are far more important matters requiring attention.
Aurora's mail box switching is almost complete. I think the new boxes are quite spiffy,

Anonymous said...

Certainly not as spiffy as all the old boxes attached to people's homes.

Anonymous said...

She was not unaware of the rules - just felt they did not apply in this case. Seems it's bern done for so long ,it must be right.
There should be a top resignation and that would mark a strange period before the next election,

Anonymous said...

Resignations? There's been billions lost in the last term, and did anyone resign? They all got promoted with a majoriry gov't. What's a couple of more million among friends?

Anonymous said...

She won't resign. Not unless forced to do so. Not in the DNA

Anonymous said...

Interesting when John Snobelen was education minister the media and chattering class made much of his grade 12 education and how this made him unqualified to be education minister
Flash forward to today where we have a former school trustee and president of the Ontario public school boards as Minister and what a mess she has made
Shouldn't the media lead by the Toronto Star be apologizing to Snobelen?