February 26, 2004
Dear Mr. Hampton,
Please find below an open letter to Premier McGuinty which was
forwarded to his office and local media in the "City" of Kawartha Lakes
yesterday. On October 23, 2001 you read and signed the petition calling for
deamalgamation of the City of Kawartha Lakes in the legislature. On February
19th of this year, John Gerretson announced that the Liberal government would
refuse to honour the majority vote in last fall's referendum calling for the
de-amalgamation of our "city". Will you please continue your support in this
cause by questioning Mr. McGuinty on his government's
Aside from fact that it is an affront to the most
basic premise of democracy, majority rule, it also represents a complete
reversal of the very well-documented position that both men took
while in opposition. It is one more broken promise by the Liberals, and you can
hang them with their own words. (Hansard from '97 through '01 is full of some
wonderful material.) McGuinty promised (in writing) to honour the referendum
results. Now, when he actually has the power fulfill that promise, he's wringing
his hands and pointing fingers of blame instead of honouring his word. As I
Furthermore, three sitting Liberal MPP's, including the
Chief Govt. Whip and the Minister of Tourism & Recreation, also read and
signed the petition calling for deamalgamation in the legislature.
Jim Bradley also read and signed it twice (May 28 and October 23, 2001)
stating, "I affix my signature; I'm in complete agreement."
read and signed it twice (May 16 and October 11, 2001) and said, "I'm proud to
stand here with the fabulous people of Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon to read this
wonderful petition about Victoria county... I am proud to affix my name to this
petition and stand proud with the citizens of Victoria county."
you ask these gentlemen where their principles have gone?
to ensure that this hypocrisy is exposed for the embarrassment that it should
be to McGuinty government.