Leaked memos, a quiet word with someone ‘in the know.’ You hear a lot of tall tales from politicians as they come to the end of their campaign. It is arrogance, desperation and it is flat out lies. Voters have read and heard so many claims and promises that are so unlikely to be true or kept.
You keep expecting Doug Ford to add the words “Have I ever lied to you before?” You know he has. The man lies by habit. He was taught the secrets of campaigning by his late brother Rob Ford. Promise anything and worry about the alibi for not delivering later.
And there is that stupid slogan: Get it done. Doug Ford is your classic second-storey man. The only difference is, he just holds the ladder for the real thieves.
You need to remember that Ford got his start in politics in Toronto city hall. That means his besties are the developers. There seems to be a very satisfying relationship in Toronto between the right-wing councillors and the developers. They are often joined at the hip.
When his people resurrected highway 413, that the liberals had turned down, Ford found the perfect present for his developer friends.
And speaking of the ridiculous, the new democrats that Andrea Horwath visits with throughout the campaign, introduce her as the next premier of Ontario. Now there is a stretch for you. Why she wastes time making promises she will never have to deliver, is just one of those mysteries in life.
Steven Del Duca of the liberals is much more modest. He has much to be modest about. The van he is travelling around the province in is an embarrassment. At least Ford and Horwath can look out a window once in a while to see if they are still in Kansas. Del Duca also seems to have forgotten to have an advance team. Maybe he just wants to surprise the liberals he visits.
In the final days of this campaign, Doug Ford was so rude as to campaign in Steven Del Duca’s riding. That is an insult to a struggling opponent. And as for Andrea Horwath, she told a reporter the other day that our health-care system is on its knees and hemorrhaging. She said this is a “hope election—not that people have hope, but that they are losing hope and need to know that they can have hope again.” Let’s hope it’s not four years from now.
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