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Dear Editor,

I would like to correct the errors that appeared in the December 18th edition of the Rainy River Record in the article 'MPP's clash over legislation'.

Contrary to Rick Bartolucci's statement, his private members bill remains very much alive, as does every other piece of legislation that was before the House when it recessed on December 14th. The NDP Caucus fully supported a motion to carry over all bills to the next session of the legislature.

As well, our only goal is to improve and broaden Mr. Bartollucci's bill. He wants to honour slain police officers by naming highway bridges after them.

We agree. But we say make the bill better by also including firefighters and others who were killed on the job in the service of others.

Equally important here is the need for thorough scrutiny and proper debate of proposed laws. On that last night of the session, in the span of six minutes, MPPs were asked to vote, without any debate, on 13 bills.

The NDP Caucus was not prepared to rush through important legislation without some discussion. That's why we made it clear that we were willing to return to the Legislature for the week of December 18th and again in January to deal with any unfinished business.

Ramming through a bushel basket of laws without debate is not good government. Could you imagine the reaction if your municipal government decided one night to pass 13 by-laws while forbidding any discussion or debate? You would take the same position we did.


Howard Hampton, MPP

Kenora-Rainy River