My thoughts on the article below, and I’m glad to see there is a robust discussion on this travesty.  As long as Canadians can openly express their dismay, or doubts about the integrity of governing officials, all is not lost.

Has destroying government emails that pertain to major projects, costing taxpayers up into the billion-dollar range, somehow become ‘legal’ in the minds of Ontario Liberals? Something so big, and no one knows who did it, and seemingly no one wants to find out? This should be a full-out police investigation, because it looks like major government corruption and cover-up. But can the OPP take this seriously when their union bosses boast about using their clout, and police union money to ensure Kathleen Wynne got into the Premier’s chair? When publicly-funded law enforcement officers bring their might to bear on who gets elected, democracy is in mortal danger. Ontario citizens need to become far more engaged in the process of overseeing election results, in the future.

National Post:  March 31/15

There’s a distinct whiff of majority-government hubris in the air at the Ontario legislature. The province’s Liberal government recently reintroduced a bill that would crack down on “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” or SLAPPs — a praiseworthy measure designed to protect freedom of expression in matters of public interest. The idea is that individuals should not be bullied into silence by the threat of a lengthy or expensive lawsuit. So far, so good.

TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says if the Progressive Conservatives want her to drop a lawsuit against two of their members, all they have to do is apologize.

Wynne launched a suit last April against then PC leader Tim Hudak and MPP Lisa MacLeod for saying she oversaw and possibly ordered the destruction of documents on cancelled gas plants.

MacLeod says Wynne filed the suit to quash legitimate opposition criticism, and accuses the Liberals of killing legislation the very next day that would have allowed her and Hudak to challenge the lawsuit.

But here’s the catch: When the Liberals reintroduced the bill, which died on the order paper when last year’s spring election was called, they removed a clause that would have made the bill applicable to both new and existing cases. Sean Craig, a reporter for the Canadaland website/podcast, noted the change is of particular convenience to Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is in the midst of a $2-million libel suit against former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and MPP Lisa MacLeod — exactly the sort of shut-your-mouth lawfare the bill was intended to prevent.

During the spring election campaign, Mr. Hudak and Ms. MacLeod had suggested, without evidence, that Ms. Wynne oversaw and possibly ordered the destruction of emails during the gas plant scandal. This is the kind of incendiary allegation parties routinely lob at one another during campaigns, even if this one was a little offside. But instead of responding in kind, Ms. Wynne sued.

Ms. Wynne’s people insist the removal of the retroactive clause in the bill had nothing to do with her lawsuit. Rather, the bill was amended out of a concern for fairness for those who are currently in the midst of legal proceedings (and who are not the premier of the province), as well as a desire to avoid creating a “distraction from the important public interest purpose of the legislation” — although why that would matter is unclear, since there is zero risk of the bill not passing. It is supported by all parties in the legislature, and in any case the Liberals have a majority.

All of this legal nastiness would just go away, Ms. Wynne said Monday, if Mr. Hudak and Ms. MacLeod would just say they were sorry. Blackmail is an ugly word — say, rather, that the premier offered them a choice: apologize for a campaign remark that had no evident impact on her reputation or political fortunes, or face a $2-million lawsuit. The premier, to her credit, refrained from placing her thumbs to her temples and wiggling her fingers at the losing team. But that same restraint didn’t seem to be in play when Liberals tinkered with legislation to the premier’s obvious political gain. What’s the fun of a majority if you don’t use it, after all?