Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Why I Might Vote for the Liberals in the Ontario Election.
With just two days before the Ontario election, and still not having decided whether to vote for the NDP or the Liberals, I decided to check out the lawn signs on the island, which is part of Trinity-Spadina riding.
And the results were no surprise. The island is still mostly orange, with a touch of green. The only blue signs are the ones from the No Jets at the Toronto Island Airport campaign.
And between that and the hypnotic scent of the giant ORANGE poppies...
For a moment I thought I might be able to vote for the NDP, for sentimental reasons.
And get away with it.
Because everybody else is eh?
Except that Trinity-Spadina is a big riding that stretches far beyond the island...
One riding poll I've seen has the Liberal candidate ahead. Kathleen Wynne is the only person who can beat Tim Hudak.
And like so many other lefties, including Laura at the We Move to Canada blog, I don't really want to reward Andrea Horwath for taking the party in the wrong direction.
But if I do end up voting for the Liberals, it will be mostly because I support Wynne's plan to beef up the Canada Pension Plan.
Because I work with a lot of seniors, I see what poverty does them. I know the problem is getting worse
An international think-tank warns that poverty among Canadian seniors is on the rise and that current pension safety nets may be inadequate to address the problem.
The only thing that bothers me as much, is the look of hunger in a child's eyes.
I shudder to imagine what will happen when millions of baby boomers retire, and are forced to live in poverty. Forced to choose between such things as food or medication. Forced to surrender their dignity.
And if the federal NDP seems to believe that the problem is urgent. Why doesn't Horwath?
And then there's the political dimension. The fact that by supporting Ontario and other provinces like PEI, that also want to boost the CPP, we can give ourselves another mighty weapon with which to club the Con regime.
Because although even the late Jim Flaherty acknowledged the need to strengthen our totally inadequate pension system, Stephen Harper is refusing to allow it for brutish ideological reasons...
Because he would kill government even if it kills people.
And we can REALLY make him pay for that in the next election.
Oh well. There will be plenty of time to lament the fact that progressives can't seem to work together.
But right now is not the time.
Now is the time to get out the vote.
And by whatever means necessary.
Defeat this Con monster...
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