Monday, November 23, 2009

Where was the public HST debate in St.Catharines??

T. Marciniec wrote in "Our local rep is silent through the turmoil", (St. Catharines Standard, Jun.9, 2009):
"Premier Dalton McGuinty promised no tax increases - then came the health tax. Now we await the HST as a further tax grab during this recession! When this tax is introduced, we have been promised tax breaks. Tax breaks for us with auto sector bailout debt? We wait with baited breath. Ontario sold surplus hydro power to factories and the United States at a reduced rate. Residential power users aren't getting any reduced rates. Instead, we pay a debt reduction charge on each of our hydro bills because of poor administration when the government owned Ontario Hydro.

The Smart Meter was introduced as a pretense of saving power and costs. We are supposed to believe this. The government mandated we must have the Smart Meter, but it can't mandate reducing our hydro rates when there is a surplus!

A version of eHealth existed, was disbanded and has again come to life. Some of the same people in the new eHealth were in the old version, and again allegations of over-paid executives and consultants and contract controversy are rampant, as before. Is this where our health tax is going to?

All this, and silence from St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley."


The above was written in June 2009 - FIVE MONTHS ago.

Has the St. Catharines Standard yet carried out an in-depth interview with the local Liberal MPP in their own city?

There has been practically nothing but local silence from St.Catharines Liberal MPP Jim Bradley.

The local press hasn't bothered to focus on Bradley at all.

It's as if Good Ole Jimmy has nothing to do with this new HST his Liberals are ramming through! Is Jim Bradley purposefully avoiding the local press, or is no one even bothering to ask Bradley for interviews that consist of more than just a sound-bite??

Jim Richards (CFRB, Nov.23, 2009) was interviewing some Liberal hack who kept on saying that 'there has been ample debate on this issue everywhere in the public'.

Pardon? Where has this so-called debate publicly occurred in St.Catharines??

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