29 August 2008

Oh, man... that's just spooky

So, Charlie... what you're saying is... the Inspectors at Maple Leaf Foods... were totally unqualified alcoholics who got their jobs because their dad was the boss?

-- OTTAWA -- The Mayor of Walkerton, Ont. is calling for a public inquiry into the outbreak of listeria, saying he cannot believe lessons failed to be learned from the tainted water tragedy that killed seven people in May 2000.

Mayor Charlie Bagnato released a statement today decrying the current outbreak as “outrageous” and noting that some of the cabinet ministers who were in the Ontario government in 2000 are now in the federal cabinet.
Sorry Charlie... your buddy Stephane already stepped in this one.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:

And Charlie... you're blaming "cabinet ministers" for the seven fatalities in Walkerton?

Seriously?
"Mayor Bagnato knows a lot about the importance of a trustworthy and reliable operator. In 2000, contaminated water killed seven people and sickened more than 2,300."

"After the tragedy, Walkerton disbanded its public utilities commission, shed the dishonest and inept Koebel brothers and handed operations over to Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), the Crown-owned agency that operates water or wastewater facilities for more than 200 municipalities across the province."
And yeah, Chuckles... while we're here, let's just take a closer look at who's responsible for what.

(h/t jag in comments)

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LAST WORD: Speaking of cabinet ministers
-- MONTREAL -- A Montreal newspaper is reporting that a former cabinet minister in charge of the federal program linked to the sponsorship scandal has bought a vineyard in Quebec's Eastern Townships with a government loan of more than $500,000.

Montreal La Presse reports today that the purchase of the Dunham vineyard was registered last Friday in the Quebec Land Registry for $733,687. The loan from Farm Credit Canada, a federal crown corporation, was for $550,000.
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good ol' Mayor Charlie has a lot of faith in the public system of inspections.

Neo Conservative said...

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thx for the link... main post updated.

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JA Goneaux said...

Cabinet ministers? You mean like George Smitherman:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070228/cdifficile_mississauga_outbreak_070228/20070228?hub=TopStories

And he didn't last too long in the portfolio after this:

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/454176

Are the Liberals this dumb, or just desperate?

Neo Conservative said...

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"jag says... You mean like George Smitherman"

i love it.

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JA Goneaux said...

The first rule of politics, is don't try to get someone who has more on you than you do on them. Nixon never learned...I doubt Dion will, either.

I've left a note over at the lying jackal's blog. Doubt he'll publish it (although, whoever is vetting the comment while he is away is letting most of them go, so who knows.)

C diff has killed 50 times more people than the listeria hysteria. And 200 times the propane explosion, both of which have already had lawsuits launched. But the Liberals won't even think about an inquiry.

HYPOCRITES.

Anonymous said...

Bagnato should listen to the people who live in his town before he opens his mouth. They have buried their loved ones, gotten on with their lives and don't want to be reminded of the tragedy that affected their small community. I know it was Dion that started this one up, but what a way to get some attention!

Powell lucas said...

Where is all this brain-dead commentary on the Listeriosis outbreak coming from? Do people really think Maple Leaf Foods intentionally let this bug slip through the system?
Now, I have no love for MLF who I believe hire people on the basis of who will work the cheapest and will toe the corporate line while keeping their mouths shut, but I don't think it is corporate policy to bankrupt their firm. By the time the smoke clears on this disaster MLF will be sold off at bargain basement prices; probably to some overseas corporation whose idea of sanitation is that you don't spit in the processing vats. And, when the next outbreak of some deadly bacterial contamination occurs the new owners will simply fold their tent and beat a hasty retreat back to their third world home country while they leave Canadians to pick up the pieces.
It was an accident. Serious and deadly, but an accident, and this finger pointing by union leaders and all levels of government will not correct the problem.

Neo Conservative said...

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i think james has called this one... "C diff has killed 50 times more people than the listeria hysteria."

and not only did the mcslippery government just look away... so did the mainstream media.

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Anonymous said...

I think you'll find the reasoning behind Bagnato's 'announcement' in the followng link. It was posted in the Hanover Post 16 days ago. I think it says it all... http://www.thepost.on.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1157075.