Yesterday, August 7th, there was a protest against Ontario’s illegal eco-taxes. I have posted photos from it here and here. These are some more photos from there, along with a bit more commentary.
The protest was held outside of the Ottawa constituency office of Bob Chiarelli, the Communications Minister in Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government.
Aside from the speakers, whom you can see in part 1, there were other politician and/or would-be politicians. Even a fellow blogger Blake Batson, was also there – hopefully, he’ll blog his impressions from the protest.
The Ottawa municipal elections are coming this October. The current front-runner in the race for Mayor is Jim Watson: a former mayor of Ottawa, who left to join Dalton McGuinty in Queen’s Park just prior to the ‘amalgamation’, where the malaise which had infected tho ‘old’ City of Ottawa under Watson’s reign was imposed on all the neighbouring municipalities as they were gobbled up into one entity. Now that Bob Chiarelli became unelectable as Ottawa’s mayor, bodymaster McGuinty has swapped Bob and Jim’s roles… This has certainly
not gone unnoticed, as Shirley Mosley clearly pointed out.
It had also brought out a number of candidates running for City of Ottawa Council in the upcoming elections. (For ease of reference, here is the official list of all the declared candidates.)
This young man (right) with CFRA’s Rob Snow (left) is Leslie Saintilma, a very pleasant and intelligent guy (at least, that was the impression he left me with from the few minutes we chatted) who is running in Ward 10, Gloucester Southgate.
Interestingly enough, Ward 10, Gloucester Southgate, was represented by not one, but two candidates. I did not get to chat with Wade Wallace (he was busy helping with Lisa McLeod’s volunteers), but I did snap a pic of him as he was being interviewed by Rogers, the local community channel:
Ward 7, better known as simply Bay Ward, was represented by the very pleasant GJ Hagenaars – whose wife and really cute young son also came (though the pic I took of them did not turn out – sorry).
It is likely I have missed some candidates who were there. If I did, please, let me know and I’ll update the post with the info!
Still, the municipal candidates were not the only ones there! Here, Ade Olumide, chair of OTAG (Ottawa Taxpayers’ Advocacy Group) can be seen talking to the gold-expert John Button (OK – I only got a bit of the back of Mr. Button’s head…).
Here is a better picture of John Button, as he was speaking.
Here is a shot of MPP Lisa McLeod, as she is being interviewed.
Talking about Lisa McLeod…. She did something I quite liked.
As is the case with many ’watermelons’ (green on the outside, red on the inside) who avoid discussing the merit of initiatives by resorting to ad hominem attacks on their critics, Dalton McGuinty attacked (or, in this case, got Dr. David Suzuki to attack) Lisa McLeod. Ms. McLeod told the audience about the attack in a story in a newspaper (I didn’t catch the name of which one) which stated that her opposition to the illegal eco taxes meant that she was not ‘eco-friendly’.
Ms. McLeod turned that to her advantage, because sometimes, opposing illegal taxes only means one opposes illegal taxed (my wording). And, she proved it! She brought a re-usable eco-friendly shopping bag (with her name emblazoned on it) for each and every one there! As she spoke, a wave of volunteers began handing them out!
There were also some people wearing Lisa McLeod t-shirts who were collecting signatures on a petition against those hated eco-taxes: apparently, they collected over 350 signatures on the petition at this one protest alone!
And the protest did have impact. Not only had many more news people showed up for this one (as opposed to the July one) here are a few people who were walking by and stopped to find out about the protest.
From the young:
to vets (left):
people of all walks of life had a message for Dalton McGuinty and his government:
OK – here are some more shots:
Debbie and Shirley are planning the NEXT protest for August 28th 2010 at Dalton McGuinty’s Ottawa constituency office. If you don’t like being taxed to death – legally and illegally – I’ll see you there!
UPDATE: Blake Batson at PerspectivesOttawa has also posted photos from the protest – in the background of one of them is little old me!