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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Human Endeavour

The International Olympic Committee issued a statement this week declaring the armbands and stickers that some athletes were wearing to commemorate dead relatives or colleagues inappropriate for the games, saying “the competitions themselves, which are a place of celebration, are probably not the right place to really do that”. Both the Norwegian female cross-country team as well as the Canadian female freestyle skiers were warned against displaying such tributes on their person while competing, banning their tributes to a fallen family member of one Norwegian competitor and Sarah Burke, who died while training in Utah two years ago.

On the surface, I can understand why the IOC would take such a step; if you allow tributes such as these, you are also opening the door to shows of political or religious expression that would completely change the face, and spirit, of the games. The fact that such a thought would even be the natural extension of a respectful show of solemn remembrance for the passing of another human being is vulgar, and, unfortunately, pretty realistic. But, if you look a little closer, the real undercurrent in the Olympics can be seen through this superficially considerate act of neutrality, and that undercurrent is even more vulgar.
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Intervention and the Rob Ford Scandal

Nobody can deny that there was a healthy amount of humour to be found in the antics and misadventures over the last year or more of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. A morbidly obese, ineloquent lout who flips the bird to little old ladies, calls 911 when reporters get in his way on his driveway and engages in drunken debauchery in full view of the public is a hard target to miss. At first, the sheer absurdity of revelations that a video existed showing Mayor Ford engaged in use of crack cocaine with known dealers and criminals pushed the whole affair into the same bucket as the rest of Rob Ford’s comedy of errors. Over the last week, as these allegations have been proven true and an admission has been made by Mayor Ford to corroborate what the public has not yet seen, the laugh track has slowly faded to stunned silence.

While I will readily confess that I am not a resident of Toronto, a fan of Rob Ford or certainly a Rob Ford apologist, as an observer on this entire scandal I can only hope that everyone can move past the apparent comedy and the sarcastically barbed Ford jokes. What we are seeing is a very clumsy and public intervention of a very public and troubled individual, and until everyone gets past the viciousness that indignation and the smell of political blood in the water seems to bring out of the best of us, the intervention will fail us all.
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