With the upcoming provincial election in Ontario, liberal leader Steven Del Duca is starting to get some television coverage. Watching him talk on TV, he still reminds me of a turtle. Mind you, even if turtles have no teeth, their bite can be serious. They have very strong jaws.
And this is the time when the pressure has to be put on the Ontario conservatives. Ford and his cronies have just made their biggest gamble. They have bet the worst of the pandemic is over. And we all have to hope they are reading the situation correctly.
But they are also letting the hounds loose. The healthcare workers are exhausted and angry with the mistreatment. The teachers—even with better masks—are concerned with restoring the classrooms. The provincial economy is in turmoil. Opening restaurants is showing us the problems erratic openings and closings over the last year have caused. Lost staff, lost customers, lost confidence and extended debt are hurting the entire retail and service sector. Add to that the extremes of inflation and problems in the supply chain.
And we are all exhausted with the pandemic. It has taken a serious toll. The thousands of deaths have left us shaken. We need to rebuild our confidence. We no longer need the brash, populist and phony politicians. We need to rebuild with builders we can trust. We have to clamp down on the gun culture and stop killing our young people.
We also need cooperation. We need all levels of government to work in unison. We need the parties to forget their ideology and do what is right. We need a reset. Let the petty squabbles of parliament and legislature and councils rest, dammit. Get together to restore our economy. Build a future. Do not forget the past but use it only as a baseline.
Maybe it is a good time for turtles. They live longer than most pets. The big ones can outlive humans. Maybe in Ontario, we should keep an open mind about the coming election.
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