They are starting to measure the balance of premier Doug Ford’s tenancy at Queen’s Park in terms of weeks. The only problem Ontario voters are really facing after the June 2 election is just who will replace Ford. When you mention the nebbish Andrea Horwath of the NDP and the unknown Steven Del Duca of the liberals, a pained look comes to voters’ faces.
As the astronauts say: We’ve got a problem. It is the simple fact that time is short for the liberals to come up with the rational for voting for your local liberal candidates. Yes, getting rid of that guy Ford makes sense but you need to include a positive reason for the votes.
And something as stupid as telling people you will change how they elect future governments in Ontario is not going to make the cut. A simple plan to stop the escalation in housing costs in Ontario would be a possible solution. We hardly want to hurt those who have made large investments in their housing but we have to have housing available for the younger generations in Ontario who want to have a family.
Ford foolishly has promised $45 million to the larger municipalities to make it easier for his developer friends to build new subdivisions. His solution does little for housing costs. Neither do the new democrat’s solutions. They want expanded rent controls and government support for first-time buyers.
The next most serious need for the liberals is name candidates. They need candidates that are already known in their electoral district. We are running out of time for candidates who are not known. It takes many months of work to become known (in a positive way) to local voters.
And you can hardly hope that we will be Covid-free in time for the election. As much as Ford and the conservatives would like to take the credit for an ebbing of pressure on our health system, their hit and miss pandemic approach is doing almost as much damage as the pandemic itself.
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