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So Now the OPP is Investigating the Conservatives for Liberal Malfeasance?

June 18th, 2013

Here in Cambridge, our MPP Rob Leone, along with Nipissing MPP Vic Fideli, has requested the OPP investigate the Ontario Liberals for the illegal destroying of emails. hqdefaultOur local paper, a TorStar/Metroland publication, framed the story this way:

Cambridge MPP Rob Leone is at the centre of an OPP investigation into the deletion of electronic records pertaining to the cancellation of gas power plants in Mississauga and Oakville, by Ontario’s Liberals.

Wednesday afternoon, the Tory MPP met with three police officers at Queen’s Park to discuss the investigation.

That’s right, Leone is “at the centre” of the investigation, and had to meet with the OPP to “discuss the investigation.” Stop reading right there – as newspapers know most people do – and ask yourself, who’s under investigation?


In a report released earlier this month entitled Deleting Accountability: Record Management Practices of Political Staff – A Special Investigation Report, Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian confirmed senior advisors in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office, as well as other ministers’ offices, destroyed and/or took sole copies of official government documents covered under the Archives and Recordkeeping Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Three paragraphs in, and Leone’s roll is still unclear. It’s not until paragrsaph 4, we get to, “in a letter to OPP commissioner Chris Lewis that requested an investigation…”

Yes, paragraph 4 and finally Progressive Conservative MPP Rob Leone is shown to be requesting an investigation, not “at the centre,” of one.

Interestingly, in the version of the article that made it into print and landed on my doorstep this morning, there is only one paragraph after the one in which Leone is shown to be requesting an investigation. It says, simply (lamely), “they want to know if anything criminal transpired.” Nothing about a committee involved in a formal investigation, nothing about taxpayers property, nothing about sections of the criminal code. Just Leone and Fideli “wanting to know.”

Our local paper has a new editor, Richard Vivian, who is a mere three months into the job. Jeff Hurst, the previous editor, would have never let this article publish as is.  One hopes it’s a mistake, not a signal of the way our local paper is going to be slanting the news.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, My MLA…

August 19th, 2010
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Cambridge MPP Gerry Martiniuk will not introduce the private member’s bill that would have seen Victoria Day renamed Victory in Europe Day.

3297243839_9e2c381713Gerry Martiniuk is the Progressive Conservative critic for labour and seniors. It’s entirely appropriate because, like the union stewards at work, you only ever see him, or hear from him at election time.

The MPP stated he was concerned historical events such as the end of the Second World War would be forgotten with the passing of veterans and potential closure of Royal Canadian Legions.

Because when they were naming the holiday Victoria Day, they just picked the name Victoria at random out of the phone book.

I’m all in favour of doing something to remember World War Too (although you would think the critic for seniors would be aware of Remembrance Day), but the reason history gets lost is because we decide it’s a throw away commodity. Victoria Day was chosen as a holiday because it was the birthday of the longest reigning British monarch in history.

In Canada, 1837 to 1901 were big deal years. She reigned through our formative years as a country. She proclaimed us a country, signing the BNA act in March 1867. May 24 is her birthday, and so important to us we named a case of beer after her.

Simply put, you can’t cast aside history and complain history is being cast aside. Don’t take a holiday that celebrates an historical figures birthday, and change the name to something not relevant to that birthday, in the name of improving knowledge of history.

But hey, don’t blame me, I warned Tim Hudak he wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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Gloria Kovach Acclaimed in Guelph?

August 22nd, 2008
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Apparently so, according to the Cambridge Times:

But as a candidate vying for re-election, surrounded by other Conservative candidate hopefuls, including the newly elected Conservative Guelph MP, Gloria Kovach

As Gloria Kovach is the Conservative candidate in the Sept 8th Guelph by-election, the only explanation I can come up with is everybody else resigned from the election, acclaiming Kovach.

That, or the Times made a major mistake, and we all know that doesn’t happen.

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