Opinion Editorial

Bisson must vote against budget

Thomas Perry

By Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)

MPP Gilles Bisson (NDP — Timmins-James Bay) turned his back on this riding in 2012.

 

He and his colleagues at Queen’s Park had an opportunity to force then premier Dalton McGuinty to revise the Endangered Species Act and cancel plans to divest the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, or turf the Liberals from power.

 

Bisson and the NDP, under the leadership of Andrea Horwath, opted instead to accept a few trinkets and bobbles in exchange for helping to prop up the Liberals, however.

 

The logic (?) at the time suggested that Ontario voters did not want to go back to the polls so soon after a provincial election.

 

Fast foward one year and Bisson and Horwath find themselves in a very similar situation, albeit with a new premier in office.

 

Admittedly the provincial Liberals’ first budget under new Premier Kathleen Wynne is a lot more Northern Ontario friendly than the one Bisson and Horwath allowed to pass a year ago.

 

The additional funds for infrastructure projects in the North, for example, would be welcome news for a part of the province where potholes are far more common than woodland caribou.

 

This proposed provincial budget, however, does not contain revisions to the Far North Act that will allow forestry companies access to much-needed wood in areas set aside for non-existant woodland caribou.

 

And it also does not contain provisions to end the divestment of the ONTC and reverse the moves that have already been made.

 

Until those two areas are addressed Bisson must vote against this budget and urge his NDP colleagues to do so, as well.

 

And this time around Bisson and Horwath shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not Ontarians are ready to go back to the polls so soon after an election.

 

After all we are another 12 months removed from the last campaign.

 

And given the billions of dollars the Liberals wasted on not building gas plants in southern Ontario, voters in this province are likely quite anxious to show the Liberals just what they think of their inability to manage our hard-earned tax dollars.


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