Hold your nose and vote. The last-minute surprise (and disappointment) winner of this year’s A to Z Challenge for the letter E is
If the word ‘election’ is the winner, the voters here in Ontario are the losers. We are about to hold a Provincial vote on Thursday, June 7th, and there is no good choice, only, the least of the worst.
The Liberal Party, who regard themselves as ‘the Natural Ruling Party,’ have, during their 14-year rule, financially run the province into the ground. With their social engineering fascination with ‘renewable, Green Energy,’ like the wind turbines and solar panels that I wrote about seven years ago, they have made Ontario’s the second highest cost of energy in North America.
High electricity costs drove jobs and companies out of Ontario, reducing tax income. Last year, the Premier cut the cost of electricity by 25%, by borrowing Billions that will have to be paid back plus interest over 30 years – not merely our children, but our grandchildren are mortgaged.
In a cynical bid to be elected in their place, the New Democratic Party – the NDP – promise that they will reduce electrical costs by 30%…. while also cutting taxes. Even a first-year vocational institute bookkeeping student can see that that just can’t be done.
They’re having troubles with their list of candidates. In 2012, one young man took part in a rather spirited protest at his University, and can be seen in published stills and video, holding up a large sign that clearly says, “FUCK The Police.”
A middle-aged female candidate has been on Twitter and Facebook about the wearing of Memorial poppies. She thinks that they are just a way for the present government to brainwash and control the electorate, glorify war, and become more waste in the landfill. She refuses to wear one, and sticks to her peace symbol.
Near my home-town, some yahoo published a post saying that he was going to soak a poppy in bleach, and “let the red bleed out,” to get one of those white ‘Surrender’ poppies. The Royal Canadian Legion owns all rights to the red poppies, and published an article decrying the desecration.
Another middle-aged female candidate jumped in, claiming that the original article was relevant, supporting the writer. She objects to the Legion having a monopoly on red poppies, says that they (the Legion-and the poppies) glorify wars – ALL wars – and ends with, “A plague on their house.”
It’s hard to know what to hate most, the fiscal incompetence, the cynical manipulation, or the social malfeasance. “I’ll take all three, for $500, Alex.”
The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, owner of the world’s most confused and contradictory name, recently installed a new Provincial caucus leader. He has been favorably (or is that unfavorably) compared to Donald Trump. With The Donald’s impressive abilities, I think that the Ontario version is just a Mini-Me, even though he tips the scales (and SmartCars) at 300lbs.
He is everything that you would not want your daughter to marry – brash, impulsive, self-centered, ill-mannered, sexist, entitled. He has little political experience. He did run a multi-million dollar business in Toronto, but can he run the multi-Billion dollar Province of Ontario, where tact and restraint will be required?
Claiming that he didn’t have enough time for normal nomination protocols, he simply appointed his picked candidates in 13 ridings – so much for his promise of transparency in government.
In my local riding, we’ve had a P.C. representative for the last two terms. He has been efficient, and caring of his constituents. His name is Michael Harris. Some years ago, Ontario had a P.C. Premier named Mike Harris. Now his son – also Mike Harris – wants to get into politics.
The P.C. Association played a dirty #metoo trick on our Michael Harris, dragging out years-old sexy tweets to some woman who never worked under him, and suspending him, to parachute in Mike Harris. Even with the transparency, did you follow that? Who’s on first??!
You Americans should try to get Trump to put up a wall at the Ontario border by Thursday. If things go the way I fear they might, you may need it. With the prevailing winds, most of the fallout should carry into Quebec. I will not waste my ballot by not voting, nor refuse my ballot, to make a political statement. I will not give it to the Libertarian or Green Party, one-trick-ponies. I am in a quandary.
E was for Election. Stop back in a couple of weeks to see if F will be for, “We’re F**ked. 😯