It might as well be admitted. I voted early. I voted liberal. There is really no choice in my Barrie riding. In a field of four candidates, there is no star. There is no strength. There is no inspiration. It is what we can expect if we ever switch to proportional voting—we will only get to vote for a party and our representatives will be nobodies, picked by the parties.
The conservative incumbent remains unchanged since the last time I saw him in in-action on Barrie city council. He was a bore then. Today, he just votes as he is told. He has nothing really positive to say for himself or his party.
Compared to the conservative candidate, the liberal is a bright star. I know she is articulate and has a brain. That helps. The fact that she was the only choice for a liberal candidate and selected by faceless party officials in Ottawa makes me wonder. She is running a very weak campaign. I almost feel sorry for her silly little signs that you have to get up close to if you want to see what they say. Luckily, it’s not as though signs mean very much in Barrie elections.
Yes, there is a new democratic candidate. There have been a few signs for her but I had to search the Internet to learn anything about her. She has been at a few candidate functions and has proved that she can quote from the NDP songbook. She is active in the arts in Barrie and this is her first attempt at politics. She is not what I had in mind in seeking out the person to vote for who best represents me.
The fourth candidate on the ballot is from Maxime Bernier’s people’s party. It will be interesting to see how many voters give this party their vote. Oddly enough, I would like to see a couple hundred votes for him. Votes for this extremist party are votes that have mostly left the conservative candidate.
In 2015 the final tally in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte showed the then conservative candidate winning by 86 votes. Who knows who might win if the people’s party guy takes enough votes from the conservative?
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