Ontario liberal leader Steven Del Duca made an admirable effort. The liberal leader’s only problem was that to be elected leader of a major political party, you have to look like a leader. And you have to rev up the troops. Modesty is very nice, after you win.
But Del Duca came out a loser. He should have been in the legislature before the general election. You do not campaign from a utility vehicle. You wear a suit and tie. (You can take off the tie north of Highway 7.) You have advance people to ensure the crowds and enthusiasm. A good campaign has punch. A winning campaign builds momentum.
Sitting on the sidelines here in Barrie, Ontario was painful. I had placed my bets on our local mayor beating a carpetbagger from Severn. No such luck. Oh well, our former mayor, and now former candidate, did not ask for my help.
It never was a feel-good campaign. The vote seemed to depend on those angry enough to harm themselves. Self-destruction was the order of the do-nothing campaign. It was obvious that it was a campaign where few bothered to vote. The early figures of only 43.5 per cent of voters going to the polls is shocking.
For an election as to whether we would keep Doug Ford as premier or turf him out, less than 25 per cent of voters made the decision.
The road ahead for Ontario is a rocky road. It will be a time when developers and ministerial zoning orders (MZO) will rule. Build where you want. Farmland will give way to pavement. Greenbelts and wetlands will disappear. Prices will be for excessive profits. The poor of Ontario will stay poor. The rich will get richer. Healthcare will suffer. The aged will be ignored. We will not be proud of this province we call home.
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