Time for introspection

I think there are a few lessons to be learned after last night’s disastrous election results.

1) Keep it Simple, Stupid! Or as Kelly McParland writes, “Ontario voters prefer to be misled.”  Election policy should contain broad strokes only – a kind of direction.

Perhaps that is because we are so cynical that if someone actually does attempt to tell the truth and not sugarcoat their platform, we automatically assume it’s even going to be worse than what they say, because politicians can’t be trusted don’t ya know?

2) This ties in with #1: Don’t come out early in an election campaign and hand your opponent a stick to whack you with for the duration. It doesn’t matter whether it was “100,000 job cuts” or attrition-related efficiencies. Until we address the issue of Third-Party advertising limits, organized labour will ensure that perception is reality.

3) Even Kathleen Wynne’s pixie dust can’t stop fiscal reality from forcing us all to accept the inevitable pain. It will just be more severe and out of our control than if Tim Hudak had tried to temper it a bit first.

Matt Gurney rightly points out that “While Ms. Wynne may be the premier, it’s the ratings agencies that will set the agenda. She’s just a caretaker. The number geeks own Ontario now.”

4) There is a bit of good news in the Liberal’s majority situation. First of all there will be no election for four years so PCs have ample time to do some serious soul-searching and try to determine where they want to go and what kind of leadership they need to get them there.

Also Wynne no longer has to placate Horwath, so any tough medicine can be meted out as needed without having to dilute it for budget support.

And someday the union bosses will be railing against the Liberals. It’s inevitable.

Schadenfreude.

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Update

On a personal note, I plan to take a break from blogging again. As regular readers know there is a lot on my plate in my personal life right now.

This thread will stay open for a few days if anyone wants to weigh in on any political issue.

Thanks everyone for your engagement and support during this very stressful and acrimonious election campaign.

Posted in 'Working Families', Have-Not Ontario, Lemmings love Fiberals, Liberal entitlement, Liberal machine, Liberal Party of Toronto, McWynnety, Only one tax-payer, Ontario economy, Ontario election, Ontario government, Voter cynicism, Your tax-dollars | 93 Comments

Twitter apology from Del Duca just doesn’t cut it

In one of the most vile, low and disgusting attacks yet Liberal incumbent candidate Steven Del Duca’s team has photo-shopped Time Hudak’s face onto a Joker scene from Dark Knight.

BC Blue has the story.

Del Duca has now issued an apology via Twitter but is that enough? He says it was a “mistake.” But who approved the flyers in the first place? And what are the Liberals planning to do about retrieving them and explaining to those voters who received them?

What will Kathleen Wynne do? This has gone beyond the pale.

More:

National Post is covering the story now.

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The Banana Republic of Ontario

With only a few days to go until the Ontario election, we not only have the OPP union excoriating Tim Hudak, but now the Media Party’s Union as well!

Time for a few quick letters to the editor, folks! And we need every man and woman on board to GET OUT THE VOTE!!

It could very well be our last chance to reestablish democracy in this province if unelected unions get a firm grip on the puppets at Queen’s Park.

 

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Update

Well I just had an interesting Twitter discussion with Lorrie Goldstein about this and he made some excellent points differentiating OPPA vs Unifor – One being that Unifor represents private companies; not public servants.

Also he says the union cannot control media content.  So that’s another way to look at this.

Lorrie says the Sun union local rep will be on Byline tonight.

Bad optics though in any case.

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Policing Political Activism by Police?

A few years ago Stephen Taylor and I had a little disagreement regarding third party advertising rules during Ontario elections. He felt that there should be no further restrictions. Free speech and all that.

I however shared Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa’s concern that the amount of third party spending was disproportionally large compared to the political parties.

But all this pales in comparison to the first time-ever Ontario Provincial Police Association’s attack ads targeting Tim Hudak.

I understand there have been times in the past when the OPP union apparently supported the Tories but that doesn’t make it right especially when the OPP is currently conducting two investigations that occurred under Liberal governance.

Is it time for Ontario to have another look at third party ads and place some kind of restriction on amount spent and who can advertise?

In any case let’s hope that little Miller Hudak doesn’t see or hear any of those mean-spirited OPPA ads against her Daddy.

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Excellent editorial in Waterloo Region RecordTo serve and protest:

…Now ads, showing images of uniformed officers, have taken the equivalent of a nightstick to the Hudak campaign. Progressive Conservative supporters — and there are hundreds of thousands of them — will take notice and wonder what it could mean for them. Could a citizen with a Conservative campaign sign on her lawn be absolutely certain the OPP would respond to a call for help with the same enthusiasm that a neighbour with a Liberal sign would receive?

Posted in 'Working Families', Accountability, Big Unions, democracy, Gas Plant Scandal, Ontario election, OPP, ornge | 109 Comments

Wowza indeed!

VERY disturbing development on the Ontario Election campaign front:

 

More at BC Blue: Ontario Police union openly campaigning against Hudak and PCs.

Developing story.

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OPP Attack Ads Against Tim Hudak A Violation Of Police Services Act?Paulsstuff

Ontario Provincial Police Association launches unprecedented attack ads against Tim Hudak’s ‘Tea Party’ politics - National Post. Comments also worth checking out there.

Ontario Provincial Police news release self-serving twaddle & THE BIG LIE!Sandy

Kelly McParland: OPP attack on Hudak relegates the public interest to second placeNational Post

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