Lib­eral ha­tred runs deep

North Bay Nugget - - OPIN­ION -

each can­di­date would be handed a beer that would ex­plode into foam when the cap was twisted off — it came up the same bush road as they did, af­ter all.

Their open­ing speeches would be dis­rupted by a he­li­copter swoop­ing down on the scene, bear­ing two con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers and a dog bent on keep­ing the bush safe from ex­pired out­doors Cards.

The dog, trained to sniff out fish, would bark in­ces­santly at all of the can­di­dates, ap­par­ently hav­ing put his nose to their cam­paign prom­ises.

They would be fined for hav­ing too many lines.

The last party leader to run scream­ing to a 4 x 4 cab, pur­sued by hordes of black­flies, would be de­clared the win­ner and awarded all 12 North­ern on­tario seats.

We’d throw in Parry sound­muskoka, too, just so they’d know those rid­ings re­ally were

in the North.

Party lead­ers, par­tic­u­larly front-run­ning doug Ford of the PCS, keep telling us they’re go­ing to save us from the evils of an­other Kath­leen Wynne

Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

No need. It’s al­ready taken care of. you don’t even have to hold our beer while we do it.

ha­tred of Wynne’s ex­hausted regime runs so deep and so broad among the elec­torate that no amount of Con­ser­va­tive or NDP cam­paign blun­ders could con­vince enough vot­ers to hold their noses and vote Lib­eral this time.

We’d even vote for job-slasher Tim hu­dak this time.

I’d say most of the elec­torate are look­ing at who they should vote for and have long de­cided who they will vote against.

The me­dia have been crit­i­cized for sub­ject­ing Ford to higher scru­tiny than the other main party lead­ers.

Well, he is both the fron­trun­ner and a new­comer to the

pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal scene, so that’s un­der­stand­able.

But more im­por­tant, Ford and the PCS have been lax in putting our money where their mouths are.

They’ve made dra­matic and often pop­u­lar prom­ises, but so far of­fered lit­tle more than neb­u­lous “ef­fi­cien­cies” to fund them.

Lib­eral and New demo­crat plat­forms show how they ex­pect to pay for what they plan to do. you might find fault with their bud­get­ing. you might not be­lieve them. But it is there.

“Trust me,” is not suf­fi­cient. so the me­dia should con­tinue to “ha­rass” Ford about how he’s go­ing to pay for his prom­ises.

It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that when Ford was a city coun­cil­lor he planned to re­de­velop Toronto’s lake­front with, among other things, a gi­ant fer­ris wheel and a mono­rail.

don’t think he costed those out ei­ther. hu­mourme­

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