We came upon this open letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty from a University of Guelph student Carleigh Cathcart and thought it well worth re-posting here:
Dear Premier McGuinty,
In the wake of your resignation announcement this week, I would like to thank you for providing yet another piece of evidence that our political system is only a “democracy” by name.
Though at different levels of government, the citizens of Ontario have now experienced two prorogations of Parliament within a few years. Perhaps you should consider Stephen Harper to be more of a political counterpart than an inter-party rival, seeing as you both seem to think that the functioning of the legislature is a mere option, not a mandate from the public by whom you were elected.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”? It’s as if it was penned to describe you and Harper; except you interpret “going” as “leaving because things are difficult,” not “moving forward to make positive changes.” Yes, I am aware, both provincially and nationally, that we are facing many “crises,” including (but certainly not limited to) high unemployment rates, billion-dollar debts, environment destruction, and union/negotiation troubles. But you have been elected leader by us, the public, and by proroguing your “office” you have failed in delivering to us that role.