A friend sent me an ad for a Brit t-shirt company known for their political opinions that certainly sums up the Ford administration in Ontario. They cost almost as much to ship to Canada as the pence they cost so I will just tell you what one of the T-shirts said about the motto of the Brit conservative party:
“We’ve lied to you before.
“We’re lying to you now.
“We’ll lie to you again.
“We’re nothing if not consistent.”
Now, if that doesn’t ring true for the conservatives at Queens’ Park in Toronto, you have not been paying attention over the past four years.
I mention this because I am going to have lots of time to study this election. The liberal candidate in my riding is the mayor of Barrie. I helped him get elected mayor 12 years ago. He probably thinks I’m too old to help in this campaign. I hear that he and his canvas teams have been out knocking on doors in the riding for the past month and getting a good reception.
With his name recognition and the disappearing act over the past four years of the carpet bagger Ford appointed to run here last time, there is little conjecture on the outcome. This riding will be a liberal win from the conservatives.
And that is the way this election needs to go. It is a riding-by-riding battle. Just assume there are no leaders. Ford is a blowhard and incompetent. Horwath of the NDP is a nebbish as leader of the opposition who did little to curb Ford over the past four years. And I have absolutely no idea how good a leader Del Duca might be for the liberals. Wherever he has been since chosen leader, we have heard little that sounds liberal and little leadership.
What you need to do is ignore the leaders of the parties and vote for the best candidate in your electoral district. It means you need to listen if a canvasser comes to your door. You need to read that literature they hand you. You have the responsibility in this election to elect the best candidate. And I don’t care if one of those candidates is your bother-in-law. It is a secret ballot.
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