Deb Matthews’ Garden Party (with a rural Ontario flavour)


IMG_0416Yesterday afternoon we protested in London with a whole FIVE people at Health Minister/Deputy Premier Deb Matthews’ swanky garden party. I suppose if it were a meek five it would have been rather boring… was far from that though.

We chanted, educated, made the Liberals cringe for about an hour and a half on that hot afternoon. Deb stayed in the centre of the yard, surrounded by ‘her people’.

IMG_0418Her aide came out early on (before we got going vocally) and said he was glad to see were “respectful” and not like some of those people you see (ahem…) chanting and yelling on TV against turbines (I know, don’t laugh too hard – we were in dresses- he didn’t recognize us!).

I looked him in the eye and said, “You see those people on the front of the paper protesting wind turbines?”

“Yeah…?” he says, glancing up.

IMG_0397“That’s us.” (I tried not to let a smile spread a cross my face, as his noticeably dropped.)

“Oh well, then, let’s see if we can keep this protest quiet and if you can do that than maybe Deb will come out and speak to you.”

I said, “That would be nice, she has refused to meet with us so many times.”

Just then two of the others start up the first chant at the other end of the sidewalk. Panic is all over this young man’s face. I raise my eyebrows and say, “Uh-oh, you better go get Deb quick…”.IMG_0395

He quickly stammers, “OK, you go and try to keep them quiet, and I’ll see what I can do to get Deb to speak to you.”

”That’s a deal – you get Deb, I’ll ask them to keep quiet for a bit, but if she doesn’t come, it’s going to get worse because I have noooo control over them.”

She didn’t come, so out came the megaphone. That sucker can drown out any “My, My Miss American Pie” that they tried to crank up on their stereo system.

IMG_0410Then up the sidewalk trots Chris Bentley’s aide, whom we had got to know quite well in his dying days as Energy Minister. She didn’t look all that perky anymore – very anxious, and recognized us immediately (doing better than Deb’s aide on that one). We asked her why our 300 letters didn’t get responded to as promised.

Her response was, “You got what you wanted, didn’t you??”.


“Chris is gone now and that’s what you wanted, wasn’t it? So you should be happy.”

We had to explain to her that actually, in case she missed it after all our meetings, and letters, and visits to his office, we really just wanted the wind turbines gone…who cares about Chris.

IMG_0398“Well, we’re all out of a job now”, she says, with tears welling up in her eyes. (OK, so we didn’t exactly exude sympathy to this).

She turns on her heel and walks on up the path, into the land of Liberals.

But M wasn’t done, she says to the back of the little red dress walking up the garden path, “Maybe if you guys would have DONE YOU JOB you would still have one!!”.IMG_0414

On an up note, you wouldn’t believe how educated the young men with tattoos, long hair, skateboards and bikes are in London. I’m am dead serious! They were unpolished city boys but we had about 5 or so of them stop in that short period of time and talk for a good length  – they knew about the repetitive noise, the red lights, the lies and deceit – they CARED!!! They supported us! Even helped take a picture for us, and another loaned us a sharpie marker (-;

And the fancy suited snobs drinking up their $350 tickets inside the garden gate chose not to learn nor care. One even went so far as to say, “I never think about you guys, and I never will”. (Don’t worry though, he was verbally creamed by the other angry M as he scurried off the down the street – that was priceless – and I think now he WILL remember us, and think of us now!).

34 thoughts on “Deb Matthews’ Garden Party (with a rural Ontario flavour)

  1. Brava! Congrats! Wish I could have been there, but my wife wouldn’t let me borrow any of her dresses. 🙂

    • do what I do – go to Goodwill and get your own. You get a better fit and a colour that goes with your complexion. I can’t decide between red to match my eyes or grey to match my beard.

  2. Can we do it at the premier wind innaugural gay pride parade this weekend?….can we get it some good coverage? Smitherman should be there too…..

  3. You sure could have fooled me in those Garden Party dresses! I’d have thought you were invited guests (well, 3 of you anyway) of Deb Matthews. We’re proud of you all!

  4. “I have noooo control over them.” (and I bet you said it with a straight face.)
    That’s right! MLWAG can’t be controlled. Not too big on respect, either..

  5. Hey! Another Lib MPP just quit. MAYBE this garden party was Matthews swan song?? Maybe she’s going to be the next one to jump ship?? HUH??? And that little weenie…”I don’t think about you guys and I never WILL!!!!!” Talk about your petulant little spoiled brat 4 year old. Geez!!! I hope his ears are still ringing. Good on you guys Esther!

  6. Brilliant-
    All those champagne socialists looking down on the little people suggesting they should all eat cake. Just saw Frank Klees on Sun News. He’s like a cougar on a crippled chicken when it comes to the ORNGE scandal. Four pilots including a training pilot have quit in light of the recent crash and the lack of safety of the aircraft. He’s suggesting that documents in the Health Ministry have met the same fate as the gas plant documents. It stands to reason that McGuinty could draft such confusing archive legislation so ALL senior staffs in ALL ministries could bury the bodies and claim stupidity. The mob could take lessons from these criminals.

  7. Thanks so much for reminding Deb that we are all still thinking of her, she’s in the back of our throats while we wait for the government to represent victims in the ERT hearings, not fight our own citizens to protect our health!!!

      • Specialties of the house from mountain ridges, woodlands, wet lands, and farm fields.
        Carrion Collectors Delight in bringing you the true Green Dream Foods:
        Thighs only available if aged well and stinking with rot making it “Gang Green” Supreme,
        or perhaps some Windfall Fowl would be your first choice? Or a delicate Barotrauma Bat? (Hurry 3 bat species out of 8 in Ontario are facing imminent extinction from White Nose Syndrome, so get them before the spinning blades hasten their demise)
        Saving our world one spin at a time. Support locally flung foods from the Cuisinarts of the sky. Just one of the added benefits from the bird and bat blenders.
        We stand on guard for thee. Good things used to grow in Ontario.

        Excuse me I feel nauseous for some reason must be that nasty NOCEBO effect. Does anyone have Dr Chapman’s office number? I think I need some serious intervention.
        (Good thing I didn’t go to the garden party Esther and the Wind Wraiths would have needed to put me on a time out)

  8. THANKS to you gals for ” STANDING ON GUARD ” for our rural Ontario. Our council has now incorporated singing, ” O Canada ” at the start of the council meetings. BUT who is really standing on guard for Ontario or Canada for that matter? Guess the answer is obvious.

  9. So, the secret is out:

    It was “Little Esther” and her henchwomen who took down the arrogant Cris Bentley and his incompetent staff. Well boo hoo, too bad, so sad and all of that …

    May I suggest that the Windwhacker Gang take a look at this list that I have: John Gerretsen, Bob Chiarelli, Jim Bradley, Brad Duguid …

  10. Just read this article at the National Review Online. Found it very inspiring. James O’Keefe says that many would rather lose their lives than their reputations. I think it takes an incredibly strong willed person and a moral compass to stand up and keep on walking into the eye of the storm. Esther and Co. you are awesome powerful. Thanks for all that you do.

  11. Lets give the Liberals the boot next election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we cannot afford them in power any longer!!!!!!!!

  12. Hey Ladies!
    Municipality – smackdown – next;
    afterall, ‘all politics are local politics’;
    and the provincial Liberals (planet savers) – know it.

    Lawyer-to-lawyer smackdown goes viral

    ‘[excerpt] It’s being called possibly the best response to a cease-and-desist letter ever.

    Stephen B. Kaplitt is as close to a folk hero as there is in legal circles after the scathingly funny letter he sent this week to the attorney of West Orange, N.J., went viral.

    Here is the Storify account and reaction on Twitter.

    Kaplitt told the Star he is surprised by the worldwide response, but he understands he has tapped into something people around the world feel at some point.

    “I think people feel that at one time or another, they are kind of getting steamrolled by their government or lawyers,” he said. “It was just an opportunity to laugh at the system. This was so ludicrous and bizarre, I just didn’t know any other way to respond to it.”

    He laughed off the comments calling him a folk hero.

    “I’m not,” he said. “The real heroes are the lawyers who are out there toiling away for civil rights or the poor. I was just having fun. I was basically a legal standup comic for one day.”’

  13. Liberals – don’t care – believe it.
    ‘[excerpt] And the fancy suited snobs drinking up their $350 tickets inside the garden gate chose not to learn nor care. One even went so far as to say, “I never think about you guys, and I never will”.

    Ontario citizens know – there’s plenty of evidence.

    • I agree the Liberals do NOT care!! – they are so self serving it is hard to believe that they can hold their heads up in public!! that is what is scary!!!!

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