09.02.2011 02:58 PM

Report from Tea Bag Party rally in Barrie

“About a dozen people protesting Hudak’s supposed links to the American Tea Party Movement, a grassroots political group devoted to the original interpretation of the U.S. constitution, quietly handed out tea bags as Hudak engaged constituents.”


  1. Cam Prymak says:

    Yes and Tim looks to be pivoting off of the Tea Party incident and back onto a Criminals in your Parks program.

    From the Barrie Examiner, http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3282609

    “The tools exist to actually monitor these high-risk offenders and put a stop to them,” Hudak said. “We will use GPS technology to stop high-risk offenders — when they’re out in the public — from committing more violent crimes.”

    The winning phrase is a few paragraphs later,

    “Hudak said all high-risk offenders, identified by police departments, will be subject to wearing a bracelet and the conditions of probation and guidelines set out by the plan.”

    I feel safer already.

  2. Wannabeapiper says:

    Hey-you got something there-I love it-“The Tea Bag Party” or is it “T-Bag” as in “T-Bagging” etc…

    For what it is worth, I have commented copious times on your Musings about Criminal Community Work and from some considerable personal experience it will not work. Note that Unions will NOT approve of offenders do Union work, and the kind of work being proposed is a fantasy. It will set collective agreements on fire especially when the public service at every level of government is being reduced.

    It is a shit filled twinky idea. It looks good from the outside-until you bite into it.

  3. MCBellecourt says:

    This is just as bad or worse than the Feds shutting down the prison farms, which, rehab-wise, DID work. What is it with these guys that, when something ain’t broke, they just gotta ‘fix’ it anyway?

    Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. K and others.

    • Wannabeapiper says:

      and that is why Dalton should reopen the Prison Farms as a Provincial Program. I think that would trump Hudaks criminals in your neighbourhood policy.

      • Africon says:

        I agree – prison farms would be a better solution and for young offenders too where school work was combined with farm work – graduate and you are free to go.

    • frmr disgruntled Con, now Happy Liberal says:

      -especially if the “fix” involves making their cronies and/or friends a lot of $$$……it has ever been thus…….

      No prisoners, Mr. Kinsella!

  4. MCBelecourt says:

    Prison farms are one way. Watching Discovery on-line, there was a program featuring some American prisons with programs involving inmates socializing dogs and preparing them for training as working dogs for disabled people. Many inmates are from shattered homes and the dogs teach inmates what loving another living being and being loved by that living being is all about. These programs were touted as highly successful by the wardens who implemented them in their institutions and the recitivism rate, apparently, is very low in inmates who participate.

    There are many ways and WhoDat’s unwillingness to explore these possibilities gives the McGuinty team a wide-open door.

    Not to mention fulfilling two pressing needs: abandoned dogs that need homes and disabled people who desperately need the animal.

    • MCBellecourt says:

      …you know I’m pooped when I misspell my own name–yoiks!!

      I should also add that the inmates featured on that show where in for violent crimes. And, the program could be easily expanded to inmates fostering animals (dogs, cats, whatever), easing the burden on shelters and cutting down the need for euthanizing animals to make room. Best part? The expansion would cost next to nothing and could be shared by the shelters themselves.

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