Letters to the Editor
February 27, 2004
Re: Lindsay This Week Editorial
Cindy Woods begins her February 23 editorial, "It was high time Municipal
Affairs Minister John Gerretsen put the kibosh to any thoughts of the City
of Kawartha Lakes returning to 16 municipalities." Perhaps Ms. Woods wants
to live in a country where the government is allowed to arbitrarily dismiss
the will of the majority of its citizens. If so, there are lots of
countries in the world she can move to. But it scares the hell out of me
that the press, who should be our most vigilent guardians of democracy,
would sanction it happening in this country.
Are you too short-sighted to see the bigger issue? A referendum was held in
which a majority of the voters in this municpality expressed their will
regarding our future. Whether or not you personally agree with it
immaterial... the majority spoke and the most basic tenet of democracy is
that the "majority rule".
Are you so smug over this decision siding with your personal opinion that
you'll ignore the fact that it represents another broken promise by McGuinty
and spit in the face of democracy? No surprise, I suppose. I've long since
decided that "jouranlistic integrity" is an oxymoron. I just wonder how
your editorials would have read in 1938 Germany or Stalinist Russia. There
were lots of opportunities in both eras to offer support for governments
where the "minority" ruled and democratic principles were trashed.
One final question. Turn this situation around and ask yourself how loudly
you'd be screaming these same arguments if the referendum had been 51% in
favour of keeping the city and McGuinty had called for its deamalgamation
against the wishes of the majority. Frankly, I find your position not only
frightening but sickening.