Opinion Editorial

MPP lost right to criticize premier after budget vote

Thomas Perry

By Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)

So, MPP Gilles Bisson (NDP — Timmins-James Bay) feels it’s clear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was one of the decision-makers who created the gas-plant fiasco.

 

That statement was made in a story earlier this week by Sun Media Queen’s Park Columnist Sue-Ann Levy regarding the cancellation of two gas-fired power plants in southern Ontario.

 

Another Northern Ontario MPP, Vic Fedeli (Conservative — Nipissing), is also quoted in the same article questioning the premier’s involvement.

 

He says recent developments clearly show Wynne has “been involved all along” and that she already knows what it cost to cancel construction of the Oakville and Mississauga plants.

 

“It’s trying to keep the truth out of the public hands until after the (Aug. 1) byelections,” he said, pegging the $3.5-million bill to retrieve e-mails as yet another Liberal “stall tactic.”

 

Both MPPs are simply voicing what’s on the minds of the people who elected them.

 

The difference between the two, however, is that one — Bisson — supported Wynne’s government when he and his NDP colleagues had the opportunity to turf the Liberals from office, while the other — Fedeli — voted against the provincial budget.

 

Therefore, only one of them, in our books, has the right to criticize Wynne and her Liberal colleagues on this issue that was in the news long before the budget was passed.

 

Bisson lost that right when he supported a provincial budget that failed to address the divestment of the ONTC, instead of bring down a government mired in scandal and forcing an election.

 

He and his NDP colleagues had an opportunity, not once but twice, to make the Liberals pay for costing Ontario taxpayers millions of dollars over the cancellation of these gas plants, but they dropped the ball on both occasions.

 

As a result, voters in only five ridings will have an opportunity to express their displeasure with the Liberals during byelections on Aug. 1.

 

We wonder what Timmins-James Bay voters will be thinking when they eventually get an opportunity to go to the polls.


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