Just finished listening to Neil Desai, Provincial Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and John Tory, leader of the Ontario Conservative party on Newstalk 570's Jeff Allan Show.
Please note that I may not have quotes exactly word for word, but the context is accurate. (Also having trouble with some links.)
Jeff’s question du jour was “What's your reaction to millions of taxpayers dollars being wasted on Caledonia?”
O.K. Admittedly that’s a loaded question. However, here are a few of the more memorable moments.
Neil Desai referred to Dalton McGuinty as "Mr. Dithers Jr." with regards to the standoff with no end in sight.
Jeff remarked that the money spent so far on Caledonia would go a long way towards resolving the emergency room crises in Waterloo Region.
Neil was upset about Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Ramsey's statement that Caledonia is "going to cost what it is going to cost" - in other words, carte blanche.
I'm wondering why we can't have that same attitude with health care?
Neil also talked about how we are only making natives more dependent with all this spending both at the provincial and federal levels - that basic issues are not getting resolved.
Next John Tory was up to bat.
Jeff asked John if there shouldn't be some kind of "end date" to this dispute as in forced arbitration.
Mr. Tory replied that to have this go on indefinitely is disrespectful to taxpayers and to the rule of law. He said he is sympathetic to the land claim, but wonders why Mr. McGuinty doesn't take the stand that there will be no further negotiations until the land is vacated and then placed in trust until the dispute is settled.
He said there is no indication at this point that anyone is asking the natives to leave. Furthermore, the Province (read taxpayers) is paying the hydro.
He thought it was interesting that McGuinty had remarked earlier that an occupation into the winter would be unacceptable, but nothing seems to be happening to prevent it.
Tory said a leader can't "just sit back and hope for the best".
As Jeff touched briefly on the health care crisis in Waterloo Region, and the fact that McGuinty seems resigned to the private solution at Cambridge General, in spite of campaigning to strengthen public health care. (Try this link at the Record for background).
John Tory said that McGuinty is a man who will "say just about anything to win an election", and that he thinks people are starting to pay less attention to his promises. Tory thought the Premier should spent less time in political actions and more time trying to find real solutions; otherwise why are you running for the job?
Tory said the notion that you can just sit back and not make a decision in order to keep everyone happy is just plain irresponsible.
However, some people in Ontario do feel that we should just shut up and pay our taxes.
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm mad as h**l, and I'm not going to take it anymore!!!
Update: More at Dust My Broom (Investing other people's money in "solutions").
John Tory asks for rally to be cancelled.
Tuesday Update: Rally moves to fairgrounds.