September 11, 2008
With a Federal election just 5 weeks away, I received what I presume to be the first campaign literature from Diane Finley this week. 2 flyers arrived asking me to reply to 2 questions. Who is on the right track on child care, and who is on the right track on the long gun registry? I’m given the choice of Stephane Dion, Stephen Harper, Jack Layton, or Elizabeth May, but I’m told to reply to a big smiling picture of the Minister of Immigration Diane Finley.
The slogan “Real Action, Real Results” then appears underneath Finley which forces me to wonder aloud, what action has she taken for Haldimand or Norfolk since becoming our federal representative, and what results has she achieved for us?
During the last federal election, I actively campaigned for Finley and on Election Day I scrutineered on her behalf, then celebrated at her victory party. In fact I clearly remember a conversation I had with her that night in which I told her “I know you’ll make us proud”. I’m not afraid to admit that I was very wrong.
In the early days of the Caledonia crisis, Finley seemed as though she was going to work to provide a voice to her constituents as they were under attack, and on May 19, 2006 she made a memorable posting on her website. “From here on in, I will be sending out updates such as this every week until this situation’s resolved, so that you can be kept as informed as possible. As you deserve to be.”
Those updates never materialized which leaves me wondering what happened. Did she lose track of time for 28 months? Did we become less deserving of being informed within a week of that statement? Did the lives of the thousands of constituents being affected by the terrorism in Caledonia become less important to her in that time? Or was she simply lying through her teeth when she made the promise to keep us updated?
If she was lying about keeping us informed, what else has she lied about? A big part of her campaign was law and order but she’s yet to make an appearance at a place where thousands of crimes have been committed while the police stand by and watch. She promised to help the tobacco farmers who have suffered under her watchful eye until it became clear that an election was on the horizon. Now at the last possible minute she has promised to start throwing money at them, but of course they only get the money if she is re elected. Could that be a coincidence? Why was it acceptable for these people to suffer for almost 3 years, but suddenly they deserve her attention?
After it became extremely clear to everyone including Diane Finley that the people in Caledonia were infuriated by her refusal to acknowledge their plight, she chose to continue to ignore them and does so to this day. She’s done nothing to help the children of Sixth Line who have no policing, she made no effort to visit Sam Gualtieri or his family after the vicious attack that nearly cost him his life, and she has attended none of the events that have been held by various groups over the past 2 ½ years.
On November 25, 2005 she wrote a column on her website stating “As individuals, we are all accountable for what we do. Each of us in our everyday lives has responsibilities that we must live up to and people to whom we are accountable. If we don’t hold up our end of the deal, we suffer the consequences.”
Well Diane it’s your turn to be held accountable for what you’ve done, and it’s time to ask yourself if you have lived up to your responsibilities, and if those of us you are accountable to have been given a single reason to ever again trust your word, and if we can’t do that how can we possibly cast a vote in your favor?Jeff Parkinson Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com