By week’s end, we’ll have a new provincial government, and by all accounts it may not be for the better, but it also may not be for the worst.
Will we see #FordNation take over or will the NDP form government for the first time since what has been cleverly dubbed as “Rae Days?”
It also isn’t out of the realm of possibility that while current Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged over the weekend that the Liberals won’t win, they could have enough MPPs back at Queen’s Park to form a coalition government with the NDP should they squeak in with a minority.
At this stage, it’s too close to call – and polls show that to be the case.
But, of all of this, what to believe?
What is clear is that the Liberals have few friends in rural Ontario, and even parts of the urban centres that have traditionally voted in red waves.
This comes after a long list of curious actions and mismanagement, from cancelled gas plants to soaring electricity rates, to the carbon tax and the closure of countless rural schools, from the partial sale of Hydro One to the increase of minimum wage.
Some saw good in these ideas and proposals, but so many did not.
While Wynne doesn’t wear all of these failures in her time as premier, it’s her party that gave the stamp of approval to many of them – not always directly, but certainly under their watch.
It’s clear that an overwhelming majority of Ontarians are desperate for change, but what’s to come from it?
PC leader Doug Ford’s Donald Trump-like persona and his party’s lack of an official platform, beyond golden nuggets like the return of $1 beer pricing, has stirred up a fair share of doubters.
Though he has certainly ratcheted up the blue blooded (and let’s be honest, the mostly grey haired) among us.
As for Andrea Horwath’s NDP, they didn’t do themselves any favours with a platform suffering from faulty math. Yet, they’ve pulled in key union support from throughout Ontario.
All of this has left the Liberals dithering, and, truly, hanging by a thread.
Each party leader has made promises this time around, and each is unlikely to be able to keep them. The same story has long been told.
Yet, no matter the jaded feelings toward the three, it is a democratic privilege to vote tomorrow (Thurs., June 7).
If you don’t like the options, head to your polling station and mark a ballot in abstention. Simply choosing not to vote does nothing.
People in other countries literally die fighting for the right to do so.
Voting entitles you the right to criticize and complain. If you don’t, pipe down.