We’d expect and perhaps even accept this quality of dialogue on a schoolyard playground…
Hon Ms Pupatello: “I find it galling that the last government dares to stand in the House today to talk to us about discriminatory policies in welfare.”
Hon Mr Watson: “It's a little rich to hear the NDP talking about protecting consumers, because it was that party in particular that was stalling and dragging its feet on Bill 70, a piece of consumer protection legislation.”
Hon Gerard Kennedy (Minister of Education): “…However, he was a member and part of a previous government that supported Bill 160, which reached into every collective bargaining agreement in this province after it had been arrived at, as did the social contract.”
The Speaker (Hon Alvin Curling): “Order. Members who are not even in their seats at the front here are heckling.”
All quotes from Hansard as recorded: LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO Wednesday 15 December 2004
Every one of the buffoons slurping at the provincial trough take home in excess of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR!
Is it reasonable to expect these “Honourable Members” to comport themselves in an age-appropriate manner? Of course Ontarians have learned that we can ‘expect’ integrity, honesty and appropriateness, however politicians (based on the track-record provided by Hansard and other sources) feel free to ignore and dismiss anything and everything citizens “expect” of their elected representatives….
So be it.
The unfortunate reality is that Canadians seem to forget when election times roll around that the contempt held by their elected representatives for each other in our houses of government is second only to the contempt they all embrace for the citizens of Canada.
Word Games Lies of Omission, Broken Promises Scurrilous efforts at misdirection….
Raising taxes on tobacco: After scooping the lion’s share of the cost of cigarettes as taxes for year after year after year….
Hon George Smitherman (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care):
“A July 1995 study by federal health authorities estimated that the annual deaths attributable to smoking in Canada at more than 45,000. This is 11% higher than previous estimates, as a result of improved statistical methods.”
“Let me take a moment to tell you what it does not do. It doesn't deal with smoking in the home. I look forward to the day when nobody smokes anywhere in Ontario, but I'm someone who believes that the state has no place in the bedrooms or in the rec rooms of the nation.”
“In addition to the human toll, tobacco also takes a horrible economic toll. Ontario spends more than $1.7 billion a year treating tobacco-related illnesses.”
(end of direct quotes from this buffoon)
“Today, the CMPA sits on a defence fund now flush with a $2.3 billion reserve.” (CMPA-Canadian Medical Protective Association)
“While the overall cost of court awards climbs, so have legal costs. In 2004, for example, the CMPA paid lawyers $115 million to defend Canadian doctors in legal matters.”
“In an agreement stretching back 20 years, the provinces and territories have subsidized doctors' malpractice premiums by as much as 95 per cent. The arrangement between the Ontario government, the CMPA and the province's 24,000 doctors is an acknowledged cost of public health care, recognition that doctors would be crippled by malpractice insurance premiums in a system in which the government caps their fees for treating patients.
"This is a way of ensuring all physicians have coverage at a reasonable price," said OMA president Dr. Gregory Flynn. "If we were to eliminate the subsidy program there would be some groups of physicians whose insurance would rise so dramatically they would have to consider giving up their practice."
But the premiums, which are set by and paid to the CMPA, have risen sharply. In 1986, the province's taxpayers paid $12 million. This year the figure is $185 million and next year it will be $210 million — while each doctor's premium contribution remains fixed at the 1986 rate. The accumulated costs to Ontario taxpayers over the past 10 years is more than $1 billion, according to Ministry of Health figures, and the province accounts for almost half the CMPA's premiums from across the country.”
Fri. Jun. 23, 2006
“25 PER CENT OF CANADIANS ARE AT ONE TIME THE VICTIM OF A MEDICAL ERROR. ERRORS THAT MAY CAUSE UP TO 24-THOUSAND DEATHS A YEAR IN THIS COUNTRY ALONE.”
Does the Honourable Member’s citation (Smitherman) exclude the costs of malpractice insurance paid by taxpayers? Does the Honourable Member feel satisfied given the estimate that 24,000 people die in Canada as the result of “medical errors” that the greater portion of those 45,000 deaths he attributes to smoking have received quality diagnosis and care at the hands of Canadian medical practitioners?
Does the Honourable Member really think that Canadians are so gullible as to believe that the escalating costs of tobacco products isn’t directly interfering in the “bedrooms or in the rec rooms of the nation”?
We can add a new dimension to the old saw: “Lies Damned Lies and Statistics….” called Canadian Politik-Speak…
With this only cursory glance (malfeasance and corruption thrive at the very heart of Canadian politics) it’s not difficult at all to understand why Canada and its political “culture” provides comic-relief on the international stage.