We have always tried to be above-board in our battle to end Ontario's dog ownership ban. We have used only legal avenues that are available to us and have encouraged others to follow suit.
We have fact-checked, trying to be 100% accurate in everything we say, write and produce.
We have kept the discussion about the issues, not making it personal no matter how tempting that has been over the years. We have tried to remain calm and logical, focusing on facts, statistics and scientific evidence rather than "instincts" or "beliefs".
We do not lie.
We do not seek attention and have no hidden motives.
However, given the mindless vitriol emanating from the penny-dreadful press lately and the fact that Dalton McGuinty's alleged "liberal" government continues to ignore, belittle, insult and stonewall constituents, it is time to put on our scuba suits and dive into the mud with them. No more nice Canadian behaviour.
Holding my nose, here goes.
Disgraced former Ontario Attorney-General Michael J Bryant's recent public display of self-flagellation revealing his alcoholism while in office came as no surprise. Something was wrong with him. His weird ideation, strange behaviour, odd speech patterns and just plain nutty hyperbole made many of us wonder if he suffered from a psychiatric disorder during his heyday as Ontario's Torquemada. Or was he going for Napoleon?
The actual explanation was much simpler.
Bryant admits that he was loaded most of the time and that the ban was just a lawyer's game, an ego trip. He claims to feel responsible for what has happened and is happening to innocent dog owners in Ontario. Well boo-hoo. If he feels that way, he could lend us a hand out here, as we continue to clean up the bloody mess he and his henchmen in Ontario's "liberal" government created.
Maybe he could buy us a chunk of Navigator time to ease his new-found conscience. We could totally use it, even this late in the game.
In my mind, the fact that he was a drunk (and claims media knew about it but liked the infotainment he provided) and knew full well there was no danger from any shape of dog should be grounds enough for repeal of this noxious law.
Yet Dalton McGuinty, the man who can argue black is white without even blinking, still insists that the law is about 'dangerous' dogs and public safety. That is a lie and the funny thing is, pretty much everybody now knows it.
A lot of people have been hurt by this legislation; a lot of family pets - owned, loved dogs - have been seized and killed or sent out of the province for no reason other than that somebody who was unfit for public office abused that office eight years ago, insisting that the shape of a mutt dictates his behaviour.
It's hard to believe that anybody, anywhere, would buy into that.
Would anybody like to see the actual Dog Bite-Related Fatalities (DBRFs) for Canada? Count them and tell me how many kids have been killed by media darlings vs alleged "friendly" shapes.
Go ahead, take a look.
Here is a report of the death of a child, this year in Canada Both fatalities in 2012 were caused by alleged "huskies". This report is rather, um, subdued, isn't it?
And in case you doubt my stats, here is a link to a review of deaths from 1990 - 2007 published in Can Vet J.