Enough of the Bullshit (August/September 2017)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

By now most readers know that I have lost faith in the promises that Patrick Brown made to
the Landowners when he was soliciting our support to become the leader of the PC party. When Patrick Brown sat across the kitchen table in my home, in front of 27 of the finest people that I have ever met and looked us in the eyes and made his pitch and many promises, most of the people in the room believed that he would at least try to live up to his word.

He promised that he would rebuild the PC party from the ground up, without the influence of the old boys club in the backroom, he promised free and open nominations in every riding, he promised to scrap the Green Energy Act, he promised that there wouldn’t be whipped votes except in budget and extremely sensitive cases, he promised to revisit the sex-ed curriculum and let parents have proper time for input. What could go wrong? Well, as anyone who follows any news outlet will know…everything went wrong.

The first sign that Brown was not going to live up to his word was at the PC AGM when he announced he would be supporting a carbon tax. The betrayal in the room was punctuated with gasps of dismay from all over the room. When you endorse the Carbon Tax in any way, you obviously can’t then scrap the Green Energy Act – they go hand in hand and there is no such thing as a ‘neutral tax’.

Brown often referred to his approach to legislation as “pragmatic” saying that if he felt legislation presented in the house was good for Ontario, he would support it, no matter what party brought it forward. The problem is that he seemed to like most of the Liberal bills because he either voted for them or else he didn’t show up for the vote.

Flip fops on promises became the norm with Brown. First promising a second look at the sex-ed curriculum and then siding with Wynne saying everything was OK by him. Promising policy from the ground up, with a policy conference with voting delegates in the fall of 2017, was exchanged for – you send us your ideas on policy and we will have our backroom board to decide the policy for the party. Promises of open and free nominations in every riding without party interference quickly evolved into the most blatant abuse of democracy with cries of ‘foul play’ from more than 20 ridings.

My conclusion is that we trusted Patrick Brown to restructure the PC party into something that we could support, and he either couldn’t or wouldn’t stand up to the backroom to get that done. That left no choice for us and thus we joined the Trillium Party of Ontario, a small group of people, led by Bob Yaciuk who had come to the same conclusion back in 2014. Many people fear that we will split the vote and let the Liberals back in. That is a possibility! However, we know how bad the Liberals are, we don’t know how bad the PC’s under Brown will be. The quest for power is a powerful addiction and when power becomes the goal instead of the good of the province, then our future is in the hands of that addiction.

Please consider voting for a good Trillium candidate in your riding, or perhaps taking a stab at the political arena yourself. In any event, the hope is that we force a minority government where neither of these parties have the power to create more intrusive and devastating legislation, without a proper democratic scrutiny, from a Party that will not whip the vote so as to force individual MPPs to vote the party line. Take a chance and give the Trillium Party of Ontario, a solid block of seats that can hold these parties to account for the citizens of Ontario. It worked in Saskatchewan. It can work here.

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Enough of the Bullshit (August/September 2017)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

By now most readers know that I have lost faith in the promises that Patrick Brown made to
the Landowners when he was soliciting our support to become the leader of the PC party. When Patrick Brown sat across the kitchen table in my home, in front of 27 of the finest people that I have ever met and looked us in the eyes and made his pitch and many promises, most of the people in the room believed that he would at least try to live up to his word.

He promised that he would rebuild the PC party from the ground up, without the influence of the old boys club in the backroom, he promised free and open nominations in every riding, he promised to scrap the Green Energy Act, he promised that there wouldn’t be whipped votes except in budget and extremely sensitive cases, he promised to revisit the sex-ed curriculum and let parents have proper time for input. What could go wrong? Well, as anyone who follows any news outlet will know…everything went wrong.

The first sign that Brown was not going to live up to his word was at the PC AGM when he announced he would be supporting a carbon tax. The betrayal in the room was punctuated with gasps of dismay from all over the room. When you endorse the Carbon Tax in any way, you obviously can’t then scrap the Green Energy Act – they go hand in hand and there is no such thing as a ‘neutral tax’.

Brown often referred to his approach to legislation as “pragmatic” saying that if he felt legislation presented in the house was good for Ontario, he would support it, no matter what party brought it forward. The problem is that he seemed to like most of the Liberal bills because he either voted for them or else he didn’t show up for the vote.

Flip fops on promises became the norm with Brown. First promising a second look at the sex-ed curriculum and then siding with Wynne saying everything was OK by him. Promising policy from the ground up, with a policy conference with voting delegates in the fall of 2017, was exchanged for – you send us your ideas on policy and we will have our backroom board to decide the policy for the party. Promises of open and free nominations in every riding without party interference quickly evolved into the most blatant abuse of democracy with cries of ‘foul play’ from more than 20 ridings.

My conclusion is that we trusted Patrick Brown to restructure the PC party into something that we could support, and he either couldn’t or wouldn’t stand up to the backroom to get that done. That left no choice for us and thus we joined the Trillium Party of Ontario, a small group of people, led by Bob Yaciuk who had come to the same conclusion back in 2014. Many people fear that we will split the vote and let the Liberals back in. That is a possibility! However, we know how bad the Liberals are, we don’t know how bad the PC’s under Brown will be. The quest for power is a powerful addiction and when power becomes the goal instead of the good of the province, then our future is in the hands of that addiction.

Please consider voting for a good Trillium candidate in your riding, or perhaps taking a stab at the political arena yourself. In any event, the hope is that we force a minority government where neither of these parties have the power to create more intrusive and devastating legislation, without a proper democratic scrutiny, from a Party that will not whip the vote so as to force individual MPPs to vote the party line. Take a chance and give the Trillium Party of Ontario, a solid block of seats that can hold these parties to account for the citizens of Ontario. It worked in Saskatchewan. It can work here.

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