Mr Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe
North): I'm pleased to rise this afternoon
to comment on the latest Liberal embarrassment
concerning law and order. On June 11, 2003,
the Tory cabinet approved a total of $700,000
allocated over three years, $242,000 in 2003-04,
$325,000 in 2004-05 and $137,000 in 2005-06.
The funds were to be drawn from the victims'
justice fund. The $700,000 was to be used as
a pilot project for the Toronto Police Service,
to help the service closely monitor an estimated
800 registered offenders living in the Toronto
The $700,000 was allocated for
a reason: to help protect our young people from
sexual predators. It was with disbelief when
we learned yesterday that the new McGuinty government
has, for over seven months, refused to flow
the funding to the Toronto Police Service.
The Liberals suggested that they
would replace the program with a possible national
program. We now learn that the Liberals have
been humiliated and embarrassed into suggesting
that the program, announced and approved last
summer by the Tory government, will be in fact
Each and every day, a Liberal trial
balloon or a Liberal broken promise is uncovered
and identified in our province. The Premier,
who likes to have photo opportunities in the
classroom, has little or no concern with the
monitoring of sexual predators, the people who
can and will harm the children of our province.
The ultimate flip-flop this week is an embarrassment
to the Liberal government and a wake-up call
to once again brand Liberals as soft on criminals.