With the prospect of more covid to cure, there are those less enthusiastic about the year ahead. For a political junkie though, this is going to be an exciting year in Ontario. The political parade will be fascinating. The first, that all Canadians will be watching, is the provincial election in Ontario slated for June 2. That will be the date when Ontario decides what to do about Doug Ford and his bombast. We will round out the year in Ontario with our municipal elections in October.
What fascinates me are the Ontario voters who are committed conservatives. Most appear to be convinced that Doug Ford will get a second term. I expect that they feel this way as he has done such a rotten job in the first four years that they want him to have a second chance.
And I do remember how appalled we were when the Mike Harris conservative government won re-election in 1999. Bad things can happen to good people.
One conservative pointed out to me that in a choice between a new democratic government led by Andrea Horwath and a liberal government led by a liberal nobody knows, why not vote for Ford? That was another frightening thought.
In case you were not aware, the name of the liberal party leader is Steven Del Duca. He is not a member of the legislature at this time but was a member of the Kathleen Wynne cabinet. I realize that is not exactly a ringing endorsement but it is hard to recommend someone as premier when he has been sniping from the sidelines.
The other choice is Andrea Horwath. She has been leader of the new democratic party in Ontario since 2009 and has gone nowhere.
I expect Ford’s biggest boosters in this coming election will be the developers who have bought farms along the proposed route of Highway 413. They definitely want to see him re-elected. Whether that highway ever gets built is another matter.
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