As a self-proclaimed socialist, the colour of my voting preference is generally orange. I’ve voted for the NDP in every election (provincial, federal and municipal –while the latter does not function within party bounds, you hopefully know who/what I’m talking about). However, this year I’m voting Liberal red. This is for a number of reasons…
1. The Libs have been doing a good job, particularly in the last 4 years. With their innovative “Green Initiative” and both family and student friendly policies, we are looking at the most concerned Liberal government (on any level) of the past 20 years. They’re playing it smart, balancing taxes and service increases while ensuring that the little guy isn’t overly stepped on. There is a lot of talk about this terrible HST addition to hydro costs. While I did personally notice it this past winter, that extra cost is hardly preventing me from eating. If it is preventing you from eating, then I highly recommend looking into one of Ontario’s many food banks (a program the PCs are not big fans of).
2. Davenport is my current riding and the New Democrats have a seemingly well-intentioned candidate in Jonah Schein. Although, the polls aren’t shining down favourably on him. While, I am normally against the idea of voting strategically, that is exactly what I am doing this time around. The idea of a Tim Hudak government, essentially painting the country as we know it on all levels blue, is a scary one. The provincial government is arguably the most important in terms of taking actions that directly affect “the people”.
Sometimes voting strategically isn’t warranted. I no longer live in the riding of Trinity-Spadina, but if I did, the NDP’s Rosario Marchese would surely be my candidate of choice. Particularly as he is running against the infantile, former mayoral candidate, Sarah Thompson – representing the Liberals. She clearly does not have a true grasp of politics, as she is calling out Rosario for voting against large bills that contained snippits of policies he stands for, enveloped within larger concerns he does not have a vested interest in. As a candidate for the mayor of Toronto, Sarah held many Fordian principles high, such as privatizing more of the city’s services to create a “Best Service and Option Pricing” system. I’m actually surprised she’s not part of Hudak’s team.
3. Andrea Horwath is not ready to lead this province. I do hear a lot of good things coming out of her mouth. She is truly concerned with the well-being of the population and has that lively energy you generally only find in NDP candidates. At the same time, she confuses me.
Andrea talked down to Dalton McGuinty during the debate about his green energy plan, saying that we need to focus on making homes themselves more energy efficient. Good idea, but shouldn’t we be making our energy itself greener as well? Typically, promoting wind turbines and other renewable sources of power is a NDP thing. Although, Andrea has taken the approach of criticizing Dalton for signing a contract with Samsung, allowing them to be at the forefront of our Green revolution. I get it, the back-door-contract thing is a little sketchy as tenders can bring you a more competitive price for what you’re looking for – but she’s coming out in full opposition of private contracts in themselves. Where are we going to find the money to pay for this infrastructure otherwise? I might be a little more on her side if she honestly congratulated the Libs on their initiative, then said what she would do differently. Of course, what she is saying she will do is decidedly less green and more financially costly to our province.
The partisan politics I’ve seen coming from Ontario’s “leftist” leader has been a real turn off for me. It makes the party seem more on side with the blind right of the Provincial Conservatives, who feed off of the fear and anger of the population (on all levels). Criticism is necessary in government as it is in life. Though, how can we move forward when we criticize good things just because they weren’t our own ideas?
In a world run and ruined by global capitalism, back room deals are a necessity. They happen with every single major party and that won’t stop for some time (or ever). Our current governing Liberals seem to have struck a good balance between making deals and taking action to change this province for the better of all of its inhabitants. This Thursday, I’m voting Liberal because they are functioning like a government should; with balance in their awareness of what the real issues are and what needs to be done to get us where we need to be as a whole society.