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Governmental oversight of the OSPCA - thwarted by Liberals
Good morning everyone
Yesterday’s outcome was disheartening but not unexpected. An excellent base was built going forward. This is what transpired.
PRESENT FOR THE DEBATE, VOTING IN FAVOUR:
Arnott, Ted (PC)
Brownell, Jim (LIB)
Clark, Steve (PC)
DiNovo, Cheri (NDP)
Hoy, Pat (LIB)
Jaczek, Helena (LIB)
Jones, Sylvia (PC)
Klees, Frank (PC)
Miller, Paul (NDP)
Munro, Julia (PC)
Ouellette, Jerry J.(PC)
Prue, Michael (NDP)
Savoline, Joyce (PC)
Witmer, Elizabeth (PC)
PRESENT FOR THE VOTE only, in some cases, VOTING AGAINST:
Albanese, Laura (LIB)
Arthurs, Wayne (LIB)
Balkissoon, Bas (LIB)
Best, Margarett (LIB)
Cansfield, Donna H.(LIB)
Colle, Mike (LIB)
Delaney, Bob (LIB)
Dhillon, Vic (LIB)
Dickson, Joe (LIB)
Fonseca, Peter (LIB)
Kular, Kuldip (LIB)
Kwinter, Monte (LIB)
Mangat, Amrit (LIB)
Moridi, Reza (LIB)
Phillips, Gerry (LIB)
Qaadri, Shafiq (LIB)
Ramal, Khalil (LIB)
Ruprecht, Tony (LIB)
Sandals, Liz (LIB)
Sergio, Mario (LIB)
Sousa, Charles (LIB)
Takhar, Harinder S.(LIB)
How few politicians from all parties were present.
11 out of 25 conservatives
3 out of 10 NDP
27 out of 102 Liberals
Members of the public were expected to remain silent, attentive and respectful. The lack of respect exhibited by politicians was surprising. NONE of us, the public, can behave in this fashion in our place of employment.
Frank Klees and Alex Roman went out of their way to make members of the public welcome. A small reception (wine, crackers & cheese) was held as many had travelled from all corners of the province to witness this historic debate and vote.
The evidence presented by Frank was so compelling it shocked even me. No one in their right mind listening to that evidence could fail to question Ontario’s current animal welfare system.
It was graciously delivered in an utterly non-confrontational manner. A verbal vote was taken in which the resolution PASSED. Then a 5 minute bell was rung calling any MPP who may wish to vote. Sure enough, Liberals scuttled in. A “recorded” vote followed. Predictably, the resolution was NOT carried. We witnessed firsthand a blatant disrespect and disregard for political process and compelling evidence provided by the people.
Had the Liberals passed the resolution, it would only have ended up in the Liberal trash at the end of this term.
Going forward we won’t be wasting our energy trying to convince Liberals to act on a resolution they had no intention of acting upon EVER.
We invest in a change of government. October 6, 2010 is just around the corner.
Frank Klees promised to all in attendance yesterday - If a conservative provincial government is elected, this review of the OSPCA will happen.
Please go to www.ontla.on.ca
get the email address and THANK everyone who voted for the resolution, yes even the two brave Liberal souls.
Then ALL OF YOU PLEASE EMAIL EVERY LIBERAL MPP WHO LISTENED TO THE EVIDENCE BELOW AND VOTED AGAINST THE RESOLUTION.
Some special words for MPP Mike Colle are in order, I think.
P.S. A total of 79 identical petitions calling for a review of the powers of the OSPCA read into the Legislature since September 13, 2010
INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS
Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I’m pleased to rise and to ask the Legislature to welcome Bette Jean Crews, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and farmers and farm groups who are here today to support the resolution to review the OSPCA, which we will be debating later this afternoon.
Mr. Frank Klees: I’d like to recognize the following visitors to the Legislature—in the west lobby and in the public galleries—for this afternoon’s debate and vote on the OSPCA resolution: Lynn Perrier from Thornhill, the founder of the Reform Advocates for Animal Welfare, a very dedicated animal rights activist; Sunny Reuter and her daughter Samantha and Danny Mihalcea from Toronto; Gord Macey from Toronto; Douglas Brown from Newmarket; Carla Davidson, who has flown in from Timmins to be with us today; Carl Noble, a former director of the OSPCA; Diane Nielson, Alana Peroff, Sue Nieves, Nasim Mansour, Sandra Lovell, Natalie Serviero, Shannon Broadfield, Katherine Chapman, Beth Linquist, Paulette Young and Leanne Tucker. Please join me in welcoming them all to the House today.
Mrs. Julia Munro: I, too, would like to recognize the following visitors in the House today who have come for this afternoon’s debate on the OSPCA resolution: Andrea Goulding, Steve Straub, Lesley Campbell, Linda Reid, David Honey, Pamela Pitney, Helen Pilicoski, Lisa Gorecki, Daniel Belanger, Laura Hobbs and Michael Franklin. Please join me in welcoming them today.
Mr. Steve Clark: I would also like to recognize the following visitors in the House today who have come for this afternoon’s debate on the OSPCA resolution: William Massey, who is from Brockville; Trudy Booth; Jack Alexandere Amaral; Maureen Johnston; Fran Coughlin; Elizabeth Marshall; Jim Wilson; Janice Henry; Ron Jordan; Ted and Joan Sheppard; Glenn Carter; Elisabeth Jimmink; and Claudia Vecchio. Please join me in welcoming them today.
Mr. Ted Arnott: I would like to recognize the following visitors in the House today who have come for this afternoon’s debate on the OSPCA resolution: Shannon Broadfield; Jim Moyer; Corinne Thaw; Leanne Tucker; Stanley Burns; Angie Laurusaitis; Wendy Reist; Lynn Pitney; Carol Tovell; and Ariel Lang. Please join me in welcoming them here today.
Mr. Randy Hillier: I would like the House to recognize and welcome a number of visitors who are here today for the debate on the OSPCA resolution: Henry Vandenbrock; Dean Stewart; Liz Marshall; Deb Madill; Sunny Reuter; Jack Maclaren; Karen Bainbridge; the Probst family; Wayne and Jenny Ireland; and Joan and Ted Sheppard.
Mr. Ted Arnott: I want to welcome Sarah Ker-Hornell from FilmOntario, who has joined us this afternoon as well. Welcome.
FOR THE PREVENTION
OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Ms. Helena Jaczek: Today, Ontarians who are concerned about the authority of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the OSPCA, will be joining us in the gallery to demonstrate their support for ballot item 51, which asks the government of Ontario to review the powers and authority granted to the OSPCA under Bill 50, the Provincial Animal Welfare Act of 2008.
Many of these individuals live in my riding of Oak Ridges–Markham, and I believe it is important for their concerns to be heard. They would like to see legislative changes to ensure that there is a clearly defined and effective provincial oversight of all animal shelter services in Ontario, as well as to having inspection and enforcement powers of the OSPCA separated from its charitable animal shelter.
In 2008, many public hearings on Bill 50 took place, and certainly there was a divergence of views at that time. However, since proclamation of the act, an event in my riding has galvanized concerned individuals to ask for a review of its provisions. An outbreak of ringworm at the OSPCA shelter in my riding resulted in a plan to euthanize all the animals there. Although this plan was halted after 99 animals were killed and an independent review has been ordered, I believe further debate in this House is required and I will be listening intently this afternoon to the discussion.
FOR THE PREVENTION
OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Mr. Frank Klees: I have a petition addressed to the Legislature of Ontario. This adds literally hundreds more petitions to the many thousands we’ve received in this Legislature relating to oversight of the OSPCA. The petition read as follows:
“Whereas the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) recently and unilaterally announced that it would euthanize all animals in its care at its Newmarket shelter, citing a ringworm outbreak as justification;
“Whereas the euthanasia plan was stopped in the face of repeated calls for a stay in the Legislature and by the public, but not until 99 animals had been killed;
“Whereas the Premier and Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci refused to act, claiming the provincial government has no jurisdiction over the OSPCA;
“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Parliament of Ontario to immediately implement the resolution tabled at Queen’s Park ... on June 1, 2010, which reads as follows:
“‘That, in the opinion of this House, the Ontario Legislature call on the government of Ontario to review the powers and authority granted to the OSPCA under the OSPCA Act and to make the necessary legislative changes to bring those powers under the authority of the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to ensure that there is a clearly defined and effective provincial oversight of all animal shelter services in the province, and to separate the inspection and enforcement powers of the OSPCA from its functions as a charity providing animal shelter services.’”
I’m pleased to affix my signature in support. We will be debating this resolution later on this afternoon, and we look forward to the government and all members supporting that resolution ...
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