Thursday, September 28, 2006

Investing other people's money in "solutions"

So far, over $55 million of taxpayers money has been spent on the Caledonia occupation and that figure is sure to keep rising:

There's a new controversy brewing over the native standoff in Caledonia.

The McGuinty Liberals have confirmed they are not only supplying electricity to the occupied land, the province is paying for it as well.

That has upset Conservative MPP Bob Runciman who is asking how the people of Caledonia can hope to see a resolution to the matter, when the government continues to display weakness and a lack of fortitude.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsay is defending the move, saying the government is investing money in solutions, not just asking questions.

Meantime, Conservative leader John Tory has written a Richmond Hill man, asking him to cancel a public rally on the occupied site next month.

Tory says the rally will only add to the tensions in the town.
HT: Paul McKeever, leader of the Freedom Party of Ontario

First the police stand around as natives in Caledonia destroy hydro lines, then the government picks up the hydro bill for the occupied site. David Ramsay wants the free stuff to keep on coming, John Tory tries to prevent "tensions" by writing a letter but remains mute on the real solution - which is to kick the insurgents off the land - and the Ontario liberals, well, apart from throwing taxpayer money at the problem, they are busy drafting legislation to protect consumers from making potentially stupid purchases. While the government is drafting bills to prevent gender-based price discrimination and designing legislation to ban expiry dates on gift cards, who is going to protect us from violent invaders and shameless looters, like the natives in Caledonia and the government?

Cross-posted at Dust my Broom

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That has upset Conservative MPP Bob Runciman who is asking how the people of Caledonia can hope to see a resolution to the matter, when the government continues to display weakness and a lack of fortitude.

Nonsense. Queens Park has been fearless and unwavering in their support of the Indians in Caledonia. One hand washes the other, you know. Plus there's an important principle at stake: the principle that one does not own property outright, but is allowed to occupy it only at the sufferance of the powerful and the connected.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Good luck trying to get the average Ontarian schmoo on your side. My Mom, who is not particularly smarter or dumber than average, believes as a matter of faith that Mike Harris killed Dudley George (which he did in his spare time in between killing OHIP, the education system, Ontario Hydro, and the Ministry of the the Environment), and that Indians are entirely correct in deciding which land they own and how to get it. What can I say? I love her, but she reads a Southam paper 7 days a week and listens to the CBC for 3 hours per day.

bill said...

I'm glad that I have the Liberals as my financial advisors. Without my money, the native insurgents wouldn't have hydro and water..and that would be very unfortunate.

I would really like to see the insurgents bring their real-life anti-civilized, pre-capitalist mentality back into practice and see if they can make it through the winter without me provided them heat and electricity.

Any bets if we stopped the funding, they would retreat from the land this winter?