The Globe and Mail, Letters
Wednesday, May 18, 2005, Page A20
Uxbridge, Ont. — Re Is Premier In Vanguard Of A New Politics? (May 17):
To avoid the political cost of spending cuts or tax increases, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty pleads for a $5.7-billion contribution of federal revenue to Ontario’s purse.
Such a contribution would violate Canada’s constitution; aggravate secessionist sentiments; blur the lines of political and fiscal accountability; leave Ontario’s spending crisis unaddressed; and spawn harmful copycat efforts throughout all levels of government in all provinces.
Murray Campbell opines that Ontario’s NDP and Progressive Conservative MPPs would “have to be mad” not to endorse Mr. McGuinty’s strategy. If true, the Premier had better beg for an additional, massive federal investment in psychiatric hospitals for those of us who advocate fiscal responsibility, accountability, and respect for the rule of law.
Paul McKeever, Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario
May 12, 2005
Procedural `tricks’ postponed vote
A matter of political confidence
Opinion, May 11.
It appears that Professor Errol Mendes has allowed his politics to compromise his intellectual integrity. In asserting that “votes of confidence are grave matters that should not rest on procedural tricks,” he points the finger at the Opposition. Yet, surely his assertion applies with equal force to the government, which has used “procedural tricks” to postpone a vote of no confidence. The professor’s political bias is made most obvious by his lament that, “It is also troublesome that the opposition parties will soon get the chance to make a proper confidence motion …” Troublesome indeed.
Paul McKeever, Leader, Freedom Party of Canada, London, Ont.