Report from the Gallery of the Ontario Legislature

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by Linda J. Rogers
The public gallery was filled to capacity on March 8 2012 in Queens Park with residents from all across rural Ontario. They came from Amherst Island, Stayner, Ripley, Haldimand, Norfolk,  to name just a few of the communities who have become the unwilling hosts of industrial turbines. They came to witness the vote to pass a private member’s bill to evoke a moratorium against the development of wind turbines projects until third party health and environmental studies are done.

The vote was well supported by all the Conservatives present.  Only 12 MPPs from the Liberals were present for parts of the afternoon, but as the bells of parliament rang- and it came time to vote in filed Liberal and NDP taking their seats. The late comers added to the voting block against the bill brought forth by MPP Huron- Bruce, Lisa Thompson.

The vote was recorded and the people sitting in the public gallery in unison stood and silently but publically shunned these dissenting politicians by turning their backs on the Lords of the House… paused and filed out. Their voices have been once again rebuffed but the people have sent a strong message.  The people will be heard and the fight will continue until all those who are suffering without respite and relief are removed from harm.

18 thoughts on “Report from the Gallery of the Ontario Legislature

  1. Thank you for the first hand report Linda. Indeed, the fight will continue. I hope we all can keep a positive attitude like yours going forward with this fight.

  2. There’s something wrong with a system of government where not only do our members not have to attend, but those who do, do not have to listen to a discussion before they vote! What a bunch of uneducated hypocrites, those who voted against the moratorium. Had they attended the debate they may have learned something. I am a rabid tree hugger, but wind power is wrong in so many ways.

  3. It is quite obvious the amount of “disdain and contempt” that these “hand puppets” inside the Pink Building have for the “unwashed and unclean” citizens who just back in October were asked and pleaded with to “hire them” to represent them inside this “bastion of deceit and dishonesty”.
    Tabuns is probably the public face of this disgusting bunch of parasitic entities but deep down inside their black hearts live a bunch of really really mean people!

  4. I was in the Legislature during the reading which was difficult to hear when everyone on the floor who wasn’t reading a magazine or newspaper or texting was talking to their neighbour. We watched two women talk through most of the session. I passed on my disgust to some of the PCs this morining in an email; if our children behaved like this they would be chastised, I would hope. Is it any wonder they are losing respect for adults and authority? I felt very empowered when we all stood up in silence and turned our back on the Liberals. It was a show of solidarity and one that garnered the attention of the members. One MPP said it was classy and chilling.

  5. My friend and I were in attendance yesterday and also observed the same things you mentioned. Both of us were appalled by the total lack of respect to the members who were speaking. We truly believe that every citizen of Ontario should attend a session at least once in their life to see how those that we have chosen to be our elected representatives behave.

    Over that last year we have spent time in the Haldimand Council meetings, Norfolk Council meetings and Haldimand/Norfolk Health Board Meetings. Although the outcomes of all of these were not what the people were hoping for, I must admit than in all cases the meetings were run a lot more professionally and those in attendance showed far more respect for the speakers than what we witnessed yesterday in the House of Commons. At one point yesterday we were chastised for whispering to each other (we were wondering if those two women who talked through all the presentations were discussing recipes, Desperate Housewives, or their vacation schedules) and we were warned that we could be asked to leave!!!!

  6. Very happy to see you people turned your backs on the liberals.. They deserve it..There were approximately 8 NDP votes that went against the bill. If those votes had went with the Conservatives,,the outcome probably would have been a whole lot different..I never trusted the NDP either..That party, back when Bob Rae was the leader,, cost me and countless others our jobs with Ontario Hydro back in the 90’s.. That lost ground was never gained back.. So where is Bob Rae today?? That S.O. B, is still in politics, but crossed the floor to join the fiberals..An example of what the NDP is about…They can’t be trusted either..
    We have to keep the fight going, and this little episode only strengthens our resolve….Sooner, rather than later things will come to a head and the premier and his cronies are certainly not going to like it..IMHO..

  7. Just being there and meeting so many of our rural groups was heart warming. The home made signs from Amherst inspired us all. Thank you. An MPP from Simcoe North, Garfield Dunlop climbed the stairs to say hello to Mike and I in the Gallery…but I know he was really making a public display to all below, his close ties and solidarity with the people of rural ontario. It did not go unoticed. (now we know about the little spiral staircase to the floor below, should we ever need it! )

    I did not cry when we lost the vote..I know where it comes from. I cried when I heard one PC MPP after another read the motion, each time adding there own reasons of why this bill was so necessary. They told of the facts and the truth about this debacle called the Liberal Energy Policy. Due to the ignorance and bad manners of the Liberals and NDP’s who did not have the courtesy to even show up, these words were spent preaching to the choir. But do not under estimate the power of what happened yesterday. Those same MPP’s that stood up for us do not themselves want to be insulted, ignored or rebuffed. This issue is not about the price of bread in china , this issue is of monumental proportion. Our representatives will now pull harder in the collar. Their fuse has been lit! McGuinty and his ruthless and callous pawns are not prepared for the fallout. They showed the public their true colours. They presented as a mean and dirty oppressor. They showed their complete ignorance on what is now common public knowledge. They have shown their disconnect from the people and the reality. Their action yesterday will be remembered as synonymous as the infamous “Let them eat cake!” that was said by the ruling aristocracy just before the French Revolution. Feel the chill.

  8. OH PEGGY YOU NAILED IT, THATS WHAT MY FAMILY AND I WERE SAYING THIS MORNING!

    “There’s something wrong with a system of government where not only do our members not have to attend, but those who do, do not have to listen to a discussion before they vote! ”

    THIS IS A BLOODY OUTRAGE! AND YET THESE ARE THE 40 PLUS PEOPLE THAT GET TO MAKE ALL THE RULES FOR US. WE ARE EDUCATED BEYOND THEIR TINY BRAINS CAN HOLD! AND THEY DON’T EVEN NEED TO BE WITNESS TO ANY INFO GIVEN ON THE SUBJECT. I PLAN TO VOICE MY OPINIONS TO QUEENS PARK THAT THIS IS TRUELY A BREAKDOWN OF OUR HUMAN RIGHTS. THERE IT IS RURAL ONTARIANS,! COFFEE BREAKS ARE WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU!

    I CANT EVEN BELEIVE THAT THERE WAS NOT ONE SHOT OF THE PROTEST GROUP THAT SHOWED UP. THE MEDIA WHERE ARE YOU??? YOU MUST ALL BE LIBERAL!

    • The MSM are protecting the huge amounts of money that are or will be spent on IWTs. A few in the MSM may also be eco-nuts who believe that anything labled green is the greatest thing on planet earth.

  9. And my big question,
    Where in the heck was any media??? I saw none of the supporters and thier numbers in or out of the building! Shame on them for also hiding this scam!

    • The MSM does not want to publish anything negative about IWTs in case their reports would be picked up say for example by the New York papers. Reports of trouble with Ontario IWT installations could result in investors around the world looking elswhere to invest. Could also cause renewable energy stock prices to fall and investors to lose money.

    • The media is complicit in all scams. In fact, anything you’re not supposed to know, the media is there to pull the wool over your eyes.

  10. Bob Delaney Liberal incumbent in Mississauga-Streetsville, Peter Tabuns NDP Toronto Danforth and the Liberal “Physicist” who spoke first mentioning the word COAL at least 30 times all gave me the chills. To witness those creeps spew forth their lies in the flesh only deepened my convictions of this polarised issue and gave me hope that they are digging their own graves. You are either payed opinion with an obvious agenda, morally blind and desparately clinging to the denial propoganda or you recognise that industrialising our rural paradise with 550m setbacks is a crime. Perpetuating the fraudulant GEA will be their demise. Read Hansard and throw their feeble arguments back at them, they are skating on thin ice and on the brink of hypothermia. We are a political force to be reckoned with.

  11. I watched the Hansard video and when comparing it to last time I was at Queens Park for Bill Murdoch’s wind turbine moratorium motion it is apparent that the political proponents of wind turbines have lost their energy and enthusiasm. They still repeat the same old tired mantras, the same crazy fantasies, the same head in the sand denials but their heart and mind aren’t in it anymore. Except for the wild eyed ideologues and the corrupt opportunists, most politicians know that it is only matter of time before the whole charade collapses spectacularly. Only pride, power and the protection of entrenched personal fortunes is delaying the certain collapse of the greatest con that Canada has ever seen.

    • To keep and attract the millions of dollars needed for IWTs protection for these investments must be provided for the investors. The government has to protect these investments and so it dosen’t matter what kinds of problems/damages IWTs cause rural Ontarians or the environment.
      The government can’t invite investors in and then let their investments go down the drain.

    • Doesn’t that Rob Delaney, the unhonourable member from Mississauga-Streetsville, take the cake?

      He’s going on about centuries old Dutch windmills, industrial wind turbines and small-scale wind projects as if they’re all the same thing. This guy is the most ridiculous MPP I’ve ever seen … and I’ve seen more than a few.

      At least Peter Tabuns, as ill informed as he is, tries to put together some kind of logical (in his mind) arguement.

      • He should be sent the information about trying to use IWTs in Scotland in 1708 and what a failure that was. Its been known for more than 300 years that IWTs are no good for industrial use for the same reasons they are of no use today.
        The laws of physics have not changed.

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