March 30, 2007

Voting without knowledge or understanding

Don't know how I missed this before.

The Ontario committee hearings on the Dog Owners' Liability Act were a constant flow of politicians (members of provincial parliament), with no one day containing the same nine members of the committee. I really don't know how they managed to vote intelligently without personally hearing (or reading) all of the evidence.

I also happen to know that the answers to all the committee's requests for more information arrived at the desks of the individual committee members THE NIGHT BEFORE they were to vote on the Bill. Two large boxes of presentations, CD's, research papers, and summaries were deposited at each of the members' offices.

It would not have been possible for them to read the answers to their own questions before being required to vote the next day!

That's not even the worst part.

Two Liberal MPP's (Kuldip Kular and John Wilkinson) did not attend ANY of the committee hearings, yet were two of the five Liberal members to vote on the amendments, pretending that they even had a clue what was going on without having heard a single word of any of the presentations.

Kuldip Kular is the MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale and can be contacted here.

John Wilkinson is the MPP for Perth-Middlesex and can be contacted here.

Feel free to let them know how you feel.

If you want to find out for yourself who attended the hearings each day and who voted later, you can visit the following links:

Committee (Toronto) - January 24 2006

Committee (Barrie) - January 27 2006

Committee (Brantford) - February 2 2006

Committee (Toronto) - February 3 2006

Committee (Voting) - February 10 2006

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Caveat said...

Beauty! Keep the heat on! I linked to this one.

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