Can you imagine? A politician distorting facts to further his or her own agenda? My word, it can't possibly be true! Okay, it happens all the time, and it's up to others (we the public) to shout far and wide when we see it. Today, MPP Jack MacLaren has outdone himself with respect to attempting to pass Bill 47 and push animal welfare in Ontario back a decade or two.You can catch up here.
Mr. MacLaren has updated his website to demonstrate the "mass" support he has going into the legislature on Thursday. Here's the problem : Many of the quotes featured on his site are taken COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTEXT!. What Mr. MacLaren fails to reveal is the facts that many of the quotes were written in support of MPP Klees' resolution from November 18, 2010. In addition, many of the broad comments are years old, and reflect the opinions of the authors AT THAT TIME.
Even more disturbing? Mr. MacLaren has stooped so low as to include comments from some authors who are AGAINST BILL 47! He has taken their past comments reflecting the need for provincial oversight of the OSPCA and presented them to make people believe that they support his current bill, when in fact THEY DO NOT! Clearly, Mr. MacLaren did not even bother to contact the individuals expressing their respective statements, as some would never authorize permission for said statements to be used.
Mr. MacLaren's actions are, in a word, despicable. It's one thing for the media or politicians to skewer facts or statistics to further an agenda, and it happens all the time. But this is not "tweaking" by Mr. MacLaren. It is outright LYING to the Ontario public. It goes far beyond any acceptable or moral method for a politician to further an agenda, and it is reprehensible for Mr. MacLaren to abuse Ontario voters' trust.
So there is no confusion Mr. MacLaren, I authorize you to use the above statements IN WHOLE on your website, so that animal welfare activists and Ontario voters can see for themselves the underhanded way in which you are conducting yourself. Who knows, some might still support you, but at least you will have afforded them the facts to help them make up their minds.