In politics, no good deed goes unpunished
It is something to think about the next time you enjoy some shady park, or quiet beach, or lakeside boardwalk—or even breath in surprisingly fresh summer air. It takes politicians, and bureaucrats, with vision, shrewdness, and community support to beat back the greedy, self-interested, banal armies of the status quo.
The people of southern Ontario and parts of Quebec owe former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty a heartfelt thank you. Partly because of action his government took in 2013, namely, the closure of a large, coal-fired electricity plant on Lake Erie, this sweltering summer has featured no smog days so far.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade