It will continue to happen as long as we allow it. We let politicians such as Doug Ford in Ontario oppress us. He would have been called a tyrant in earlier times. He acts as one today. And we let his friends, the rich, the mean, the venal, the uncaring pay for him to convince us that he will win.
He raised $6 million from a secret dinner the other day and the media were barred. This is so wrong that people should be rioting in the streets. Unless we enable the opposition parties to compete with these sums, what chance do we have?
Money does make a difference. In the last election in Ontario, the opposition parties were weak, underfunded and voters thought that the Ford conservatives had already won the election. What happened was that in the small turn-out, the conservatives won. If the normal numbers of opposition voters had come out, the conservatives would have lost.
But how can we compete? We cannot offer lower taxes to business. Doug Ford beat us to it. Doug Ford gives huge presents of land to builders in our Greenbelt. We can hardly compete with that. And just who are these mystery people who will pay $1500 to the conservatives to hear the premier speak. He isn’t even a good public speaker. That is not the only reason he keeps out the news media with their reporters, cameras and microphones.
I don’t think there are enough rich medical specialists to pay Mr. Ford to destroy Medicare. Can they pay him enough? Mind you, it is alright for him to screw the nurses and support staff. They do not often go to $1500 per plate dinners.
He wishes he could screw the teachers, but they have the right to strike. There were said to be union leaders at that dinner. They are not the type of union leaders you would want representing you.
Doug Ford will tell you he is building for our future in the Greenbelt. What kind of apartments would you build in the Greenbelt? Would you even bother building ‘geared to income’ rental housing? And how would these renters get to work from the Greenbelt? Would you build ‘cheek-to-jowl’ medium-priced homes or luxurious homes around a golf course?
And you will never be able to count on Doug Ford proving that he will build his promise of 1.5 million new homes. He knows that there are not enough skilled trades people in the province. Mr. Ford lies a lot.
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