|EDITORIAL: Time to consider recall legislation in Ontario
|Page 1 of 1|
|Author:||N_Fiddledog [ Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:18 pm ]|
|Post subject:||EDITORIAL: Time to consider recall legislation in Ontario|
On May 9, a small group known as “Liberate Queen’s Park” plans to hold a rally at the provincial legislature calling for the creation of recall legislation, similar to what already exists in California and British Columbia.
To us, the preferred form of recall is the one we have every four years — fewer in a minority government — called an election.
Much as we abhor the policies of Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, they aren’t in power because they launched a sneak attack on democracy.
There was an election on June 12, 2014, and they won.
We wish more voters had been paying attention back then.
As Dr. Phil says, the best indicator of future action is past performance and the past performance of the Liberals was abysmal.
They drowned Ontario in record deficits and debt.
They poured billions of dollars down the drain on eHealth, Ornge, cancellation of the gas plants and their reckless blunder into unreliable and expensive wind and solar power.
Before the election, the OPP were probing two Liberal scandals — Ornge and the deletion of e-mails and other electronic documents in the gas plants’ mess. (They’ve since added a third, bribery allegations in the Sudbury byelection.)
The Liberals also made clear heading into the 2014 election they planned to introduce an Ontario pension plan, funded by a new payroll tax on employees and employers, guaranteed to kill jobs.
Despite that, voters rejected former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s plan to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs and, in the end, enough voted to reward Liberal bad behaviour with a majority government.
And thus a mandate to continue their scorched earth assault on the province, which they have.
But to us, that doesn’t reach the threshold required to justify recall legislation as a way of refighting the election.
However, a separate issue arises when governments introduce major new policies post-election that, given their enormity, they must have been considering prior to the vote.
For example, selling 60% of Hydro One to the private sector, a move which polls show is enormously unpopular and which the Liberals didn’t run on in 2014.
Ditto carbon pricing, where Wynne even emphasized post election that she had no plans to introduce a carbon tax.
As it turns out, she did have a plan to introduce cap-and-trade, a carbon tax by another name.
It’s when things like this happen — when governments impose major new costs and programs post-election that they did not campaign on — that we do see a legitimate role for recall legislation, provided the trigger required for it to come into effect demands a high threshold of voter participation.
That’s a discussion we need to have in Ontario.
Given that Wynne and the Liberals aren’t going to start it, the rest of us will have to do so.
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/12/ti ... in-ontario
|Page 1 of 1||All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]|
|Powered by phpBB ©|