The election in Ontario might be the shortest in the history of the province, but it certainly won’t be the most courteous. How could it be? The voters are frustrated with the pandemic and angry. The politicians are confused. And the news media are misleading us. Nobody is being polite or honest. And if the party leaders show up for the debates, they should be searched for weapons.
Even in a blog about politics, there is no point in being overly polite. Who would bother to read something serious and respectful? I would be accused of making fun of my readers.
I got the first piece of campaign literature from the conservatives via Canada Post the other day. It was just a card. It was the conservative idea of an attack advertisement. It was red on one side and blue on the other. The red side included a nice picture of liberal leader Steven Del Duca and former leader Kathleen Wynne. The two leaders were laughing and smiling. Maybe the person who put the ad together thought the picture would remind voters of how Wynne quit before the campaign was over last time. The copy went on to mention some specious complaints about what Ms. Wynne did as premier.
The blue side of the card featured a picture of a blue Doug Ford and his campaign slogan. It reads: “Doug Ford Get It Done.” I am not sure if that is an admonition for him to do something or just what.
What is amusing about the conservative claims is what they say they are doing. With the highest inflation in almost a hundred years, they say they are keeping costs down and rebuilding Ontario’s economy. They say they are working for workers but their proposed budget last week gives tax credits to the rich. They claim they are building infrastructure with a highway 413 that we do not need. And they plan to stay open as the pandemic crushes our hospital staffs.
I figure that the quality of literature in this election will just go down from that sort of beginning. The only news is that obviously the conservatives know that their main opponents are the liberals.
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