February 13, 2004
McGuinty/Mr. Charlie Angelakos:
I am responding to your letter, dated
February 4, 2004, which was a reply to my earlier request for a meeting with the
Premier. You state "unfortunately, due to scheduling constraints, the Premier is
unable to meet with you."
How do you know that his scheduling constraints
preclude a meeting with me? I made no request for a specific date or time, nor
did I indicate that my schedule was so 'constrained' that I would be unable to
meet with the Premier at a time suitable for him.
It occurs to me that
the Premier's schedule is, for all intents and purposes, closed to the the
average Ontario citizen who wishes to discuss matters with him. How important
does one have to be, for the Premier to be able to spare a few moments. How much
money must one have been acknowledged to contribute before one is blessed with
the Premier's attention? Who decides, for the Premier, that an issue is dire
enough to warrant his immediate and personal attention?
voice speaking from among 72,000 citizens of a community in limbo is not worthy.
Apparently, one issue in an ever-growing line of ignored promises is not worthy.
And, apparently, Mr. McGuinty is not interested in dealing with this issue at
all. I know for a fact that he has received dozens of letters and emails from
people demanding that his pre-Premier promises regarding the restoration of
Victoria County be honoured. We have done all the legwork over the last 4 years,
and he has only to do the right thing, the democratic thing - and rescind the
On March 4, 1997, Dalton McGuinty said "There's a fine
line between leadership and being out of touch and I suggest to the members
opposite that to ignore the clear and unequivocal results of the referenda would
not be to show leadership; it would be to ignore! the wil l of those you
And Mr. McGuinty said, on April 21, 1997, "I remember the
good old days when Mike Harris used to speak in favour of referenda. I remember
when he said the government should listen to the people it serves. But that was
then and this is now. Opposition leader Mike Harris used to listen to people.
Premier Mike Harris runs roughshod over them..."
And you have the nerve
to insult me, and the others who have, in good faith, put our trust in Premier
McGuinty to follow through on his promise to us, by denying any of us the
opportunity to speak directly with him - to explain to him, not through advisors
or ministers or bureaucrats, but he, himself, why this issue is so
It is not Mr. McGuinty's taxes that are increasing, nor is it
his services that are in rapid decline. Nor is it his communities that have been
stabbed in the heart! We are losing our volunteers, we are losing our
individuality, and we are losing our history!
"You can send a loud and
clear message that it's not okay for the Premier and a small group of
ideaologues in his office to ignore the people of Ontario and those they elected
to represent them. It's not too late, in fact it's never too late, to stand up
for real democracy instead of sledgehammer democracy..." (Dalton McGuinty, April
It is shameful that this government allows itself to be so far
removed from the people who elect it, who finance it, and who, ultimately, have
the power to remove it. Look up the word democracy in the dictionary, sir, and
then ask yourself whether democracy is being served.
responsibility on those who govern. Democracy gives the people a voice, but it
also compels those who govern to listen to that voice. Democracy isn't just
something that takes place once every four years. Democracy is what is supposed
to happen in a free society each and every day..." (Dalton McGuinty, March 4,
I wish that the Dalton McGuinty of 1997 would show his face, and
his principles, now.
Coboconk, ON K0M 1K0