Well folks, it’s Tuesday, the day we would normally bring you our new “Seniors for Seniors column. Seniors for Seniors has been temporarily prorogued in order that we may discuss the unexpected resignation of Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty.
In a press conference Monday evening the fifty seven year old Ontario Premier announced he is stepping down. He also announced plans to prorogue parliament while another provincial Liberal leader is chosen.
“Okay”, you are thinking, but this is a dog blog why are we discussing politics? Well now, normally I wouldn’t discuss politics, but McGuinty’s resignation and the proroguing of parliament will likely kill Bill 16 before it comes up for third reading in the house. Bill 16 is the bill that would see an end to the pit bull ban in Ontario. Once parliament is prorogued all bills currently before the legislature will die on the floor.
What does this mean for “pit bull” owners in the province of Ontario? It means that we will have to go back to the beginning and start all over again. We will now have to reintroduce the bill and start the process all over again if Parliament is prorogued.
This is what MPP Randy Hillier had to say on the matter:
Exit Stage Left –Randy Hillier MPP Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox, & Addington
While most of us are glad to see the back of McGuinty as he walks away, none of us want to have to begin the fight all over again, but none of us are willing to give up either, our dogs mean too much to us to ever give up the fight. So where does that leave us? No one is sure yet, but it is a safe bet that the fight against BSL in Ontario WILL continue, we pibble owners are a determined bunch.
Whether or not McGuinty’s resignation leads to an election remains to be seen. The Liberals are a minority government in Ontario, and it is possible that the opposition could take this opportunity to lobby for a provincial election. After all, “pit bull” supporters are not the only Ontarians that McGuinty has pissed off lately, he has been making enemies right left and center for months now. I somehow doubt that given a chance at electing a new Premier Ontarians will keep the Liberals in power. McGuinty’s resignation has opened the flood gates and the provincial Liberal party is drowning in the backlash like a child without a flotation device.
All we can do right now is wait. Wait until we can determine our next move, wait until we know for sure that Bill 16 has died on the floor. Wait and hope, that a change in Premier could be what Ontario needs to see an end to the “pit bull” ban.
This fight will continue. We who love our dogs are not so easily discouraged. We will not back down and we will not go away! We will continue to raise our voices loud and clear for those who can not speak for themselves, we will stand by the “pit bulls” of Ontario and bring about an end to this draconian law!
While this setback is frustrating to say the least, it could be the change that tips the balance in our favor. So onward and upward! Can we see an end to BSL in Ontario?
Say it with me; “YES WE CAN!”
I leave you with this video, which I have posted before, it illustrates (satirically) the ridiculousness of a law based on looks alone.;
Remember, should we go to election, it will give each and every one of us a chance to change things for the better. If it does come to an election vote WISELY, make sure your candidate supports any bill put before provincial parliament that supports a repeal of the pit bull ban in Ontario!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love, & Freedom for Pit Bulls!
P.S: Next Tuesday we will return to our regularly scheduled “Seniors for Seniors” column.