Ontarians are anxiously awaiting an election call. They want an election because they are angry and fearful. Angry and fed up with the questionable governance of the Liberals and fearful of the damage the right wing ideology of the Conservatives will have on our fragile economy. The people of Ontario will soon have the opportunity to choose a viable alternative. An opportunity to elect an NDP government that will provide a shift from wasteful spending and corporate tax giveaways, to a stimulation of economic growth, and affordable investment in quality education and front-line healthcare services.
Tim Hudak is obsessed with balancing the provincial budget at any cost. A ridiculous idea when spending is needed to help boost the economy, create jobs and narrow the widening gap between rich and poor. Forcing austerity measures during weak economic times is self-destructive. History has proven that. We cannot have a consumer-based economy if consumers can’t afford to consume. Let’s be clear, it’s the consumer that creates jobs.
The NDP has always believed in putting the well-being of people first. A party that wants to spend smarter, to put the tax dollars to better use. Yes, we still hear that anti-Bob Rae sentiment. But that’s ancient history. Liberals and Conservatives are quick to play the Bob Rae card in an effort to stifle support for the NDP. It worked for a while but voters have come to realize that a political party, particularly a democratic one, is much more than a single part – especially a former part. They are aware of the fact that there have been many successful records of NDP governance in other provinces, over many years.
In fact, since 1980 provincial NDP governments have run balanced budgets for exactly 50 percent of their years in government compared to the Conservatives with 37 percent and the Liberals balancing their budgets only 27 percent of their time in government. So obviously the NDP are not the poor fiscal managers that some would claim. They have actually proven to be quite proficient.
We hear time and time again that this is a very Conservative riding. Let’s take a look at that. During the 2011 election the Conservatives received 45% of the vote, Liberals 33% the NDP 17% and the Green and Freedom Party collectively received the remaining 5%. To win, all we have to do is to take 10% of the votes from both the Liberals and Conservatives. Combine an angry, mistrustful electorate with our riding’s 2011 voting results and we end up with the Liberals at 23%, Conservatives 35% and the NDP 37%. A win is within our grasp.
But it’s going to take a lot of time, money and effort. It’s up to us as New Democrats to get that message out. To let Ontarians know that the NDP is a viable alternative to the questionable governance of the Liberals and Conservatives. We have to reach out to people. Ask Liberals, Tories and everyone in between to lend us their vote. Lend us their vote to at least give us an opportunity to prove our worth. Remind people of the 3Cs of life, Choice, Chance, Change. We must make a choice to take a chance or things will never change.
The Ontario NDP is prepared to seriously tackle Ontario’s social, economic and environmental concerns and we must ask the voters of Ontario to give us that opportunity. So I ask you all. Let’s put our collective efforts and resources together and win the riding of Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes/Brock. Let’s work toward creating a majority NDP government in the province of Ontario.
Don Abel, NDP Candidate Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes/Brock