Way to go, Bob Hepburn. The Toronto Star pundit tells us that that Ontario premier Doug Ford is chortling over the polls the conservatives have been taking. If Ford is dumb enough to believe the pollsters, let sleeping dogs lie.
I will have the morning line for my readers on this June 2 provincial election in three to four weeks. Until we see how this election is going to play out, nobody knows what will happen.
As far as I can tell, we are starting out with a three-legged race. The key to a three-legged race is matching runners who can get in synch with each other. At this time nobody is in synch.
And we are not talking about synchronizing our watches. We know that the medical profession is pissed with the conservatives. The doctors, nurses and other staff have done a great job for us over the past couple years and the conservatives have treated them like crap. Maybe this is one of those times when the medical profession can all pull in the same direction. I think they are waiting to see whether the liberals are going anywhere or not.
And it is the same with the teachers. Ford sent a little boy from private school out to confound our teachers. That was a dumb move. Teachers are great organizers and there is an army of teachers ready to rumble. They just need to pick their winner. The last time the liberals had the teachers in sync with them, the Tories almost came third.
The third cohort, with a large vote, that Doug Ford cannot understand are the provincial government employees. They might keep a low profile but the rumbling in that bailiwick spells trouble for the conservatives. What Mr. Ford forgets is that these silent people are also voters.
To be fair to the Star’s Bob Hepburn, his article the other day was about the chances of strategic voting doing anything. We could have saved him the trouble. Nobody trusts strategic voting. It is a secret ballot you know.
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