TRAWNA (GOSH Wine News Services) The Foxy Wine News Network, watched by up to 1,000 viewers in that most highly prized 24 to 54 demographic, has just received the latest batch of WikiLeaks which concerns Ontario.
Buried within the trash of reports and emails was a gem of government concerns about the Good People of Ontario. Here's a verbatim excerpt from last year, with blocked names of individuals:
Committee Chair: "I know, but if you're the minister and you were getting 1,000 complaints a day of whatever nature about the [BLOCKED] Control of Beverages in Ontario, A Clown, er, Clone, er, Crown Corporation of A Have-Not Province Controlled by The Grate [BLOCKED], you would have told them, 'Hey, there's something going on here, people aren't happy'?"
Minister: "I can't speak for past ministers. They have to speak for themselves. But all I can tell you is, that it stands to reason that if you have a complaint about the tactics of a government agency the last place you're going to complain about that is to the government agency. You're going to complain to your duly elected local [BLOCKED}."
Committee Chair: "But then why aren't people tabling all those complaints? Because we don't have them."
Minister: "I got a letter in my question period book from an [BLOCKED} who complained to the minister about that very topic. So to say they don't exist is not true."
Committee Chair: "But they're not in the hundreds, they're not in the thousands..."
Minister: "I can't quantify. Even if there's one complaint, if it's a legitimate complaint, even if there's one complaint from a [BLOCKED] about the tactics used by a government agency we have to consider that complaint a valid question about public policy."
Committee Chair: "Sure, but we don't change public policy for one person do we?"
Minister: "Why not? If they're right."
Committee Chair: "We change public policy for one person?"
Minister: "If they're right."
More on the reaction to this particular WikiLeak as it happens