November 26, 2007
In a historic first, Aboriginal affairs minister Michael Bryant visited Caledonia today. After only 20 months, the Liberal party finally sent a representative to town. The only problem with this is he avoided residents like the plague.
With his arrival scheduled for 9:30am, a group of residents and interested parties gathered to meet and greet the minister only to be turned away and treated like dirt by security set up at the arena. The sight of such a horrible thing as residents wanting to speak to a government official quickly resulted in the OPP standing guard over the arena door and checking to ensure that only accredited media entered.
Mr. Bryant was late and was gracious enough to spend all of 60 seconds explaining to the crowd that he won’t be talking to them today and that they could put their name on a list with his assistant in the hopes that he will one day call them.
After quickly explaining that he would talk to people eventually, he dodged the simple question from Gary McHale of why did Dalton McGuinty recently state that nobody has been seriously injured in Caledonia (which is a slap in the face of Sam Gualtieri) and hastened his pace into the building.
Despite a request from Mayor Trainer, Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett was refused entry to the top secret meeting, but he came anyway to spend some quality time answering questions and hearing the concerns of his constituents while Bryant snuck out a side door to head for lunch with a few hand picked residents.
The new CAO of Haldimand County Donald Boyle hinted to the crowd that the Liberals may be about to start throwing money around to appease everyone, and Mayor Trainer joined Toby Barrett in speaking with her constituents.
All in all it was a showing very fitting of the McGuinty government, and it will be interesting to see if Mr. Bryant follows up on his commitment to speak with residents in the near future.
Video is available at www.caledoniawakeupcall.com. Be sure to note the OPP officer standing in the way of Toby Barrett entering the arena as it’s a very telling sign of how the re-elected Liberals intend to deal with anyone who dares to question their incompetence.Jeff Parkinson Caledonia Wakeup Call Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com