Identity Crisis: The Horwath NDP Election Platform

This is the third installment in my take on the platforms of the major contenders for Ontario provincial leadership. You can see the first here and the second here.

Andrea Horwath is why we’re all here. When the Liberals crafted their budget, it was with enough leftist goodies wrapped up in it that you could almost ask if the NDP had written it for them, and that was the whole point; they were forcing Andrea Horwath into the difficult predicament of supporting the Liberal government, or voting down the government by rejecting a budget that they should love. If they rejected the budget, they would be saddled with the task of explaining why they were, seemingly, rejecting ideas that were in lock-step with their own.

And, it hasn’t gotten any easier. The NDP has been the slowest to release their campaign platform, and, now that they have, they are being criticized for it being un-NDP. They’ve also started sounding a lot like the Progressive Conservatives, in some ways, and the change in stance has sent some NDP supporters looking for answers elsewhere. But, if Andrea Horwath called this election, she must have had a plan for winning it, hadn’t she? Or, at least a good reason for it in the first place? More to the point, those things should be evident in any platform the NDP releases, and should be distinct enough from the other two parties that you can get a sense for the identity the NDP are projecting. Is that the case, though?
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Robin Hoodwinked: The Kathleen Wynne Liberal Platform

This is the second installment in my take on the platforms of the major contenders for Ontario provincial leadership. You can see the first here.

I’ve already alluded to my natural, human inclination towards bias. In the interest of full disclosure, for those who aren’t already aware, I tend towards being a Liberal supporter. In some circles, that’s almost like saying I like to torture small fuzzy animals, or I eat babies for breakfast and carve up the elderly for dinner. Really, it’s not even fair to say I am a Liberal, since my personal take on things is to look at the issues, measure and weigh the ideas, then choose who I will back based on my best assessment of their relative strength compared to the others. It just happens that the better ideas and policies, certainly the ones that I think have the most value, tend to come from the Liberal Party.

Which brings us to Kathleen Wynne’s election platform, also known as “The May 1st Liberal Budget that was really failed attempt at pandering to the NDP.” Political survival instincts are strong, and with a foul wind blowing Kathleen Wynne crafted a budget that should have surely pleased the NDP enough to earn their support. But, that backfired and the failed budget proposal has now become the backbone of a re-election campaign instead. So, this should be an easy one, really: if the budget makes sense, and benefits Ontarians, then Wynne has a strong case. If it doesn’t, that foul wind just became a true stench.
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Tim Hudak’s Million Jobs Plan, and other Fairy Dust

I, quite obviously, have a bias when it comes to my opinions. We all do, and if anyone tells you that they don’t, they’re lying or delusional. It’s part of human nature to lack true impartiality. In fact, to be truly neutral in our positions and opinions would mean we were most likely psychotic. So, I promise that I will try and refrain from bias, which really means I will do everything in my power to spread disdain evenly across all party platforms. With that disclaimer out of the way, I figured it was high time that I dust off this old blog and jump into the fray of the current provincial election.

Not that we badly needed another election, but it seems as though, when we least need one, someone deems that to be the exact time that we should have one. Elections are divisive, costly and disruptive, all reasons why they shouldn’t be called lightly. So, with the opposition parties decrying the brink of financial ruin on which the province apparently is teetering under the negligent, nay criminal, leadership of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, the ideas and policies behind those who are vying for control of the province should be carefully scrutinized.

Enter Tim Hudak of the Progressive Conservative Party. Hudak has been touting his “Million Jobs Plan,” three words that we are now hearing so often throughout the average day as to drive a strong individual properly insane. Simply, or not so simply, Hudak is claiming to have the answer that will send some million Ontarians back to work, something he not only claims Wynne’s Liberals can’t do, but will likely do the opposite of if re-elected. So, where are these million jobs coming from? How is Hudak claiming he will create them? Are there actually a million Ontarians out of work? And, can any of this work?
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