Politics and its Discontents: The Incorrigible Deb Matthews

That Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, who presided over the Ornge scandal, remains in her portfolio in the new Wynne government is unfathomable to me. A woman of breathtaking incompetence who steadfastly refused all calls for her resignation as each sordid detail of corruption and sybaritic spending within the air ambulance was revealed, Matthews continues ...

Politics and its Discontents: McGuiny Brings Out The Worst In Me

I readily admit to being a bit childish today. Contempt of premier brings out the worst in me. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Dalton McGuinty and the Ornge Scandal

As I recently observed in a post, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty has refused to testify before the legislative committee investigating the Ornge air ambulance scandal. Rather than try to help ferret out the wrongdoing that has cost Ontario taxpayers untold millions, enriched the accounts of high-placed Ornge executives, and engendered widespread doubts about the competence ...

Politics and its Discontents: One May Smile And Smile And Be A Villain

The above title, a quotation from my favorite Shakespearean play, Hamlet, is, I suppose, something of a truism in today’s age of cynical politics. Yet it was the line that immediately occurred to me as I read this story from today’s Star that reveals Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s refusal to testify before the committee looking ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Award For The Star

Despite my general disaffection with the mainstream media, I continue to be heartened by one of the few bright spots on the journalistic landscape, The Toronto Star. Awarded a Citation of Merit on Tuesday evening at Rideau Hall for the work done by investigative reporter Kevin Donovan that uncovered the Ornge air ambulance scandal, president ...