Saying nothing

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Editorial

Politics in this country seems to get more depressing by the day.

 

In Kincardine, we have a mayor conducting business without first getting the approval of council. At the last meeting, Kraemer told council he asked Guy Anderson if he would be interested in replacing former councillor Ron Coristine.

 

Anderson, a former councillor and currently a member of the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) board and the Kincardine Tourism Table, is no doubt qualified. However, Kraemer overstepped his bounds. The matter, as councillor Maureen Couture, pointed out, should have been discussed by council before the mayor started speaking to people. The decision is council’s to make, not the mayor’s.

 

And it’s not his first faux pas. After winning the election a couple terms ago, Kraemer proceeded to have a “mayor’s office” built before he was sworn in as mayor.

 

The mayors of Toronto and Brampton are another pair who either don’t know the rules or ignore them.

 

But the natives are getting restless. Wherever I’ve gone in the past few weeks, I’ve been buttonholed by people complaining about the antics of Kincardine council.

 

This is an election year. We can only hope that come voting day there will be a slate of new, qualified people interested in working for the ratepayers of the municipality.

 

In this week’s Independent, there is a story entitled: Premier says concerns over energy rates being heard. Well, not too much. All wind farms in the pipeline will go through the approval process. Then things will change, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.

 

PC energy critic Lisa Thompson says Wynne has Band Aid solutions and there is no immediate fix because the energy file is a mess.

 

They spout lots of words, but say nothing.

 

Why, dear reader, is the energy file a mess?

 

There is a simple answer to that one – politicians playing politics with the energy file. Former Premier Dalton McGuinty promised us cleaner air so his government did away with coal-fired plants and gave us the Green Energy Act, wind farms and solar panels.

 

According to Thompson, we’ll pay $3.4 billion to renewable energy producers over the next 12 months. The value of that power on the open market is only $400 million. That has something to do with the high cost of electricity.

 

But back to politics and energy. Before McGuinty, we had PC governments, run by Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. They split up Ontario Hydro and we’re still paying for that mistake.

 

Then there was Bob Rae’s NDP government. It hired Maurice Strong to run Ontario Hydro. He was supposed to be a saviour.

 

I’d be a lot happier if the politicians told the truth. I’d like to hear the Premier say, “We don’t know what we’re doing so we will keep our fingers out of the energy file.”

 

There’s a story on the Kincardine hospital this week. That big new addition we’ve been talking about for 10 or 15 years isn’t going to happen any day soon because the province doesn’t have the money. How many hundreds and thousands have been spent on studies in that time? How many words have been written?

 

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre board is now looking at going ahead on its own – likely something it should have done years ago.

 

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After years of useless talk on reforming the Senate, the Supreme Court says it can’t be done without amending the Constitution.

 

There is a simple solution to the Senate problems. The prime minister of the day could appoint good citizens from all walks of life to the Senate.

 

Hopefully the current prime minister, Stephen Harper, will appoint no more people like Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau.