Thursday, June 12, 2014

Liberals win in Ontario, hooray! 

I haven't written any posts about the Ontario election campaign because I haven't been following it very closely, but now that the results are in, here are some random observations.
First, I am just so glad to see the Liberals win in Ontario, and the Conservatives lose. I sincerely hope this will mark the last time we will see a political party in Canada ever think it can get elected by threatening to throw people out of work.
On a personal basis, I am glad that Kathleen Wynne won, just to show once and for all that people will vote for a woman who is gay -- and the crowd cheered when Wynne invited her partner to join her on stage during her victory speech.
There will be lots of analysis for the NDP, but it seems that people blamed the NDP for causing the election in the first place, over a budget that was perhaps not outstanding but was at least OK, and they also accepted Wynne's argument that a vote for Howarth was a vote for Hudak.
The polling companies are going to have to look at their "likely voter" models -- even just before the election, the polls showed Wynne and Hudak in a dead heat, though maybe it will be found that the Liberals were able to use the Hudak threat to get their vote out.
Oh, and David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, should be ashamed of himself for fucking with his editorial board and then lying about it. I agree with Dawg

When a party tries to send opposing voters down a blind alley, the same party covertly attempts a “decline your ballot” strategy to give itself an electoral edge, and the editor-in-chief of a major newspaper essentially lies to the public (and is defended for doing so), something has gone badly awry with the way we do politics. Democracy is fragile, requiring the people themselves to make it operational. When they are deliberately misled by party and press alike, seemingly with impunity, we’re heading down a nasty slippery slope.

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I believe that the Thomson family has a chokehold on their media empire. There is not a single tingle of "liberal" reporting.

When you are holding asseta of over $15 billion, you are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Follow the damded money.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 am  

I and famuly had enough of liberal gov and are moving west. I make over 150 and have worked hard to achieve this. No way will I be taxed more ib a state gov that steals money. Wish all best of luck.

By Blogger mngctj, at 2:18 pm  

I'm sure you will be happy when the transfer payments from Saskatchewan to Ontario explode.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:51 pm  

Although I voted PC, I am not too disappointed they lost. I hope the Liberals now with a majority are willing to make the tough choices to balance the budget and do in a responsible way. I am though glad that this marks the end of the hard right. I am more of a Red Tory and felt the PCs under Hudak swung too far right so hopefully this will put an end to those who claim they win by going hard right. Most Ontarioans are close to the centre so you can still win a slightly right of centre platform, just not a hard right one.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:32 pm  

Wow! What a partisan hack Cathie is! She is glad the crooked grossly inept Liberals won because Wynne is a a woman and is gay? My goodness, the Liberals have put Ontario in worse condition than economic basketcase California.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 am  

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