TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - We didn't want to count the turkeys before they'd
been awarded but for the fourth week in a row, Dalton McGuinty has received
the Ottawa Citizen's Turkey Award.
It's no wonder, really, considering the week Dalton McGuinty had.
Dogged by claims that he's campaigning in a bubble and avoiding talking
to real people, Dalton McGuinty said he met with Mike Brady, a cancer patient
from Ottawa. That "meeting" consisted of Dalton McGuinty saying that Mr. Brady
wasn't telling the truth and walking past him without slowing down.
Dalton McGuinty said he'd met with people at the International Plowing
Match. But here's what the National Farmers' Union had to say about Dalton
McGuinty's trip to the IPM:
"It was unusual that Premier McGuinty did not set aside time to talk with
farm leaders as he and past Premiers have done, so it is difficult to say
whether he has begun to understand rural issues yet." ("Plowing through the
rhetoric," September 25, 2007)
He walked past another voter in Kitchener who tried to talk to him during
a campaign stop. (ottawacitizen.com, October 3, 2007)
Dalton McGuinty was also forced to defend his government's shameful
record when it comes to improving the quality of life for seniors living in
long term care homes. In 2003, Dalton McGuinty guaranteed that seniors would
be treated with respect and dignity. He promised "high standards."
But it turns out that, four years later, legislation that would do just
that is sitting on the books unenforceable because Dalton McGuinty refuses to
Meanwhile, the Toronto Star is writing stories about seniors being left
to sit in soiled diapers while staff at long term care homes are given pizza
parties. (October 4, 2007)
Then there is the bizarre case of Bluewater Health in Sarnia.
Nearly a year ago, Dalton McGuinty put the hospital construction project
out to tender and George Smitherman called it "essential." Construction was
supposed to begin six months ago.
But the project was delayed on no fewer than five separate occasions -
and the cost has more than doubled.
In 2006, the cost of the project was pegged at $140 million. But by
August 14, 2007, the reported cost had nearly doubled to $276 million.
Desperate to limit the damage, George Smitherman traveled to Sarnia and
"guaranteed" the price tag of the project was $214 million - still $74 million
more than the original cost.
But less than twenty-four hours after Smitherman guaranteed the price of
the project at $214 million, the Sarnia Observer is reporting that Ministry of
Health documents show the actual price to be $319 million. (October 6, 2007)
Finally, Dalton McGuinty had this exchange with Richard Madden on City TV
"I love...uh...music videos. I've got 1,100 songs on my iPod. I've
got...," said Dalton.
"What's your favourite music video?" he was asked.
"Uhh...well my...um...I...I'm a big fan of uh...of um...what's that one
honey? From uh...we used to like it when the kids were really
young...uh...no...not the seven-up...it's half cartoon half-realistic...uh...I
forgot...uh...it's European, yeah."
For the record, a-ha's "Take on Me" looks like it could fit the
description but with Dalton McGuinty you can never be too sure.
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