Dear Kathleen, welcome home to Wind Turbine Watford

wynne bootsDear Kathleen,
It just hit me- tonight is the final public meeting for the Suncor Cedar Point Wind Project in Watford. You know where Watford is – it’s where your rural roots are (right?). You always say it’s where your dad spent his summers, so you have inherited those, ah, ‘roots’… I guess. Or maybe just the boots.

In any case I thought I should at least tell you, you have missed almost all the community consultations for many a wind project in your dad’s old stomping grounds – I know, the notification sucks, that’s why most of us don’t know about the projects until they are practically built, so if you are unable to attend, I completely understand. You can always write the wind developer and complain that you weren’t properly notified. It wouldn’t change anything, but at least you can FEEL you’ve been part of the ‘process’, of being ignored.

Since you haven’t been to one of these meetings, and probably won’t get to the one tonight,  I’ll tell you what it’s like. Actually, come to think of it, the meetings aren’t much different than the meetings we have had with you.

On a frosty Saturday morning in January, right before the Liberal leadership convention, you zipped into Strathroy (probably sped quickly through Watford to get there) to meet with your followers, and whoever else registered to speak with you. I registered, with 3 others. We had sat down at the Gardenia Restaurant to have lunch and tea and wait for your arrival. We didn’t introduce or announce ourselves to anyone, and the restaurant was full of regular customers who had no interest in you attendance.

A young ‘handler’ of yours slipped up beside us as we were pouring our tea and asked if we would be willing to meet with you on your bus, instead of in the restaurant. We hesitated, as our food was sure to get cold, but then accepted the invite. We walked out to the parking lot, where you met us, in the cold. No warm bus for us rural grubbies, or whatever labels we had been given. You pretended to listen, but avoided the questions that mattered like the plague. All I got out of our ‘meeting’ was that you did not believe that people were suffering ill health effects from wind turbines.

My last question was whether you would look to change the Environmental Review Tribunal process, so that it was run by a third party, like Sandra Pupatello had promised when she came to town. You said that that was Sandra’s platform, not yours. So I guess we don’t get the third party benefit, lucky us. And we get to meet you in the parking lot.

Your handlers hurried you back in the restaurant to meet the ‘good’ people. We followed and found our food was cold, our tea was luke warm. You shook the warm hands of the people who matter to you – the only Liberals left in town. You see, in rural Ontario you invite people into your house to discuss issues, you don’t tell them to meet you in the parking lot – this is why I am highly suspicious of your ‘rural roots’, as you don’t seem to have the basic manners of a rural resident.

We ran into you one more time recently, in Clinton. This time you had the red boots so that was a sign to the media that you were one of us, in case they thought otherwise. Before you had arrived one of your ‘handlers’ (again) hurried out to a group of concerned residents, told them to stand by the far doorway, write all their questions out, and Kathleen will come over and answer them for them. That did not happen. You slipped in the other door before anyone hardly knew you arrived.

Dragged us out to the parking lot, sent us in the wrong direction, slammed the door in our face. You are a phony ruralite Kathleen. All tactics and no substance.

But you are welcome to come to Watford tonight. You don’t need the red Wellingtons, unless you feel you must slip in and out the muddy back door.

Yours truly,
Esther Wrightman

9 thoughts on “Dear Kathleen, welcome home to Wind Turbine Watford

  1. Wow!…………nice “impression” Wynne is making on Rural Ontario!………….your using the right words here.”slipping in and out”………what other creature “slips and slithers” around?……………….

    • oh I know, I know pick me pick me….

      the answer is a…..Liberal! its a horrid beast they should all be exterminated. we should ask the MOE to create a permit to harm harass and kill these useless things.

      just a thought.

  2. excellent letter hope you mail it to her every half hour! Lets extend our invite as well,

    if she comes WE should be the ones wearing boots, as anything she says tends to get pretty deep around the ankles if ya know what I mean.

    OTOH she should come, she’s our fearless ag. leader don’t cha know too bad she’s invisible!

    I think this is a conflict of interest being both the one opinioned GEA cheerleader being wined and dined by big wind, and on the other hand the so called concerned AG. minister that speaks for us……we should all write the OMBUDSMAN to tell them about this conflict.

    election please….

  3. Unless we, the public, are able to “wine, dine, and in essance “buy off”, politicians – we the public haven’t much say — except with protests, and with letters to the editors and trying to get some more following. Off course the person doesn’t believe there is any health problems the Wind Companies and National Association says it isn’t so…. so they can’t be wrong and they wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t so… they of course don’t have a vested interest, ha 🙂

  4. If she does not believe there is any health problems, perhaps she would be willing to live in one of the deserted homes, for the duration of her portfolio as agriculture minister. Anything less is a slap in the face to rural Ontario. Do not call us liars and hypochondriacs, till you have walked a mile in our shoes. To listen to the lies of an industry that has shown nothing less than contempt for rural dwellers since day one, is an abomination. A complete disregard for the people she is supposed to represent. Wind weasels look out for only themselves, and she is a disgusting creature for siding with them.

  5. If this elitist Toronto politician had any sense whatever, she would ditch her red rubber boots and concentrate on listening to what rural people are saying. No more turbines here, next door, or anywhere else in Ont. There is no welcoming host community, try introducing them to Don Valley.
    Dressing up/down for rural voters is guaranteed to be a losing proposition.

  6. well she didn’t show, she must have forgotten where Whatfor was, I mean Watford.

    town of her old stomping grounds yup….

  7. will have to check out the count for these meetings, I hear they were doing the same old as Next error in using the good old clicking gadget. re clicking the same people over and over.

    mean while like 5 outsiders actually went in. wait for the news it will be like 300 people came out. and Dianne did her bobble head speech not listening but nodding anyway, that too will be posted as a major success and public consultation had. you heard it here first, watch their papers.

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