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The Donald, Margaret and Kathleen are all “bigly”

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:52 -- Chris Cooke

I’m not sure where to start.

The whackos are running everything.

South of the border a school-yard bully who hasn’t the slightest idea about where the money comes from and has the mental temperament of a five year old, is running the place.

In Ontario an old lady who’s popularity is in the toilet and runs a government with a $312 billion debt and sells power at usury levels suddenly emerges with free pharmaceuticals and a balanced budget.

God, please give me strength.

And locally a City Manager whose mediocre performance garnered a $25,000 raise has a new title and what will ultimately lead to a bigger pay cheque. It is almost like this City Council is drugged and can’t see the obvious.

There isn’t any plausible explanation for a Council that turns a blind eye to the antics of Margaret Misek–Evan’s administration.

An integrity commissioner, an harassment lawyer, a financially troubled electronic voting company, a request for proposals to sell Sarnia General Hospital that went to a Toronto area real estate company are just a few of the missteps.

And yet Misek-Evans not only stays employed, she gets a bigger title. The City Manager is now the Chief Administrative Officer.

Her four-year tenure at Sarnia City Hall has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. If she worked for me she would be gone by noon.

But fortunately for her she doesn’t. She works for us and we are paying “bigly” (a Donald Trump word) for questionable performance.

And then there is the desperation of Kathleen Wynne, a lady whose administration has doubled the debt in a decade and has shoved it to power users with great disregard.

It wasn’t until her approval-rating fell to near single digits that she suddenly awoke from the fog at Queen’s Park to the prospect of unemployment.

Now, she pulls a rabbit out of the hat and produces a balanced budget, cuts power rates (temporarily) by 25 per cent and offers young people free prescription pharmaceuticals.

Clearly, the whackos are in charge.

Will Ontarians march to polls like Zombies next year and re-elect her and the inept administration that clings to her?

Common sense says no but we have a camera shot of how well common sense is working at Sarnia City Hall. The Zombies are alive and well.

Which brings me to Donald Trump and the North American Free Trade Agreement. If you listen to Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh Trump’s threats, actually tweets while on the toilet at 5am are designed to rattle Canada and Mexico into giving him what he wants. And what the Donald wants is fewer subsidies and less protectionism on dairy products and softwood lumber.

As for energy I’m not sure where the school–yard bully is going. But I suspect someone in Washington needs to alert him to the fact that Canada provides 30 per cent of US oil.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a “bigly” project designed to run oil from Alberta to Houston. It may be “bigly” but it may be empty depending on how free trade talks go.

Excuse me I feel a headache coming on.

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