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A Place To Stand…

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Ridings

Toronto-Danforth

This is my riding. I’ve lived here for 6 years now, and I absolutely love it. It’s an amazing part of the city, and has been represented provincially throughout that time by the NDP member Peter Tabuns. Tabuns was in the running for party leader against Horwath, and it’s a pity he didn’t win. He’s a great representative for Toronto-Danforth, and a strong voice in parliament.

During the last election, the Liberals ran a candidate who after a 10 minute chat, I determined to be an idiot. This time the Liberals seemed to care about the riding, had hopes, and were reliant on Horwath draining support away from Tabuns. They ran Rob Newman, and they were able to take a significant amount of support away from Tabuns. Hell, they got my vote. My vote wasn’t a vote for Newman, or a vote in protest of Tabuns. I wanted Tabuns to continue to serve Toronto-Danforth, just that there was a chance the riding could flip red, and that would be one more riding to help secure a Liberal government.

Turns out it stayed NDP, Tabuns was re-elected, and we got a Liberal majority. So it seems win-win. Great local representation, and a competent party governing.

Thornhill

This is my other home riding. I grew up in Thornhill. Once upon a time it was a Liberal riding, but Stephen Harper’s uncritical and unwavering support of Israel makes it always go Conservative. The recent provincial byelection in the riding was close, and both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives were running the same candidates. This one was hard to watch as it kept on flipping back and forth between the two candidates.

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When there were only five polls left to return, Martow, the PC candidate had one vote over Yeung Racco. It was insane to watch. Fifteen minutes later, 85 votes determined that Yeung Racco was elected as the MPP for Thornhill. Kind of crazy. While I think that this speaks a lot for the province as a whole, it really shows that the PCs have a strong base in Thornhill. The only reason they so narrowly lost was because Hudak wasn’t able to extend his red tories.

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Parkdale-High Park

This was only interesting because something unexpected happened. It was a close race. A really close race. Cheri DiNovo, the NDP candidate, has been an incredible voice in the Legislature. She’s stood up for Trans rights, a minimum wage raise, and poverty. She’s an excellent member, and if she had lost, it would have been a true disappointment for Ontario as a whole.

Trinity-Spadina

This riding was really interesting to me because of the upcoming federal byelection. If you were to wander around downtown Toronto, you’d see so many campaign signs. Two Liberals, two NDP, a Conservative, a Progressive Conservative, two Greens, and all the fringe candidates.

This riding went to Liberal candidate Han Dong. This leads me to be hopeful that Adam Vaughan, former city councillor, will be able to win this riding that used to be held by NDP Olivia Chow.

Adam Vaughan has been an outspoken member of council. He stands up for what he believes in, and (usually) thinks before he speaks. It’s a huge loss to have had him leave Council, but I cannot think of a better voice to have in Ottawa for the City of Toronto and all Canadian urban centres.

Davenport

Didn’t expect Jonah Schien to lose his seat.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore

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Doug Holyday spent much time yelling and screaming in City Council. In a recent byelection, he won the seat over fellow councillor Peter Milczyn. Yesterday’s rematch flipped the outcome. I am very happy about this. Not because I dislike the Progressive Conservatives, but because Holyday is an idiot, an asshole, and shouldn’t have a place in provincial legislature. During the debate to allow municipalities to used ranked ballots, his arguments were made from a place of ignorance. Holyday does not deserve the seat he once held.

Leaders and Parties

Tim Hudak & The Progressive Conservatives

This election was Hudak’s to lose, and he lost it. Badly. Hudak’s insistence to campaign from the far right alienated many Ontarians. He did win the debate, the was obvious, he was able to come across as a human during that debate, something I was very surprised by. I don’t think anyone could have predicted this loss.

Hudak has announced he will step down. No one was surprised. If the Progressive Conservatives want to form government, they’ll need to find a leader and platform that speaks to Ontarians, and going hard right will not do that.

This means one good thing, a leadership battle. One in which Doug Ford will most likely run. Then we can watch Ford get crushed. That will be a lovely thing to watch.

Andrea Horwath & The New Democrats

Horwath will spin this as a victory. Her party increased their popular vote, but it didn’t translate into seats. The NDP held 21 seats, they now hold 21 seats. Horwath took a gamble by not supporting the Liberal budget. The Liberal budget was one of the most progressive budgets in Ontario history, and Horwath refused to support it in hopes of political gain. She went from holding the balance of power to absolutely no power. The party lost everything. Everything.

Horwath needs to step down.

Kathleen Wynne & The Liberals

The first out woman premier of Ontario has now lead her party through an election, and won. Most importantly, her sexual-identity and gender played no role whatsoever in the campaign. She was judged for her skills. Wynne is a skilled woman. She has proven she governs by research and intellect rather than ideology. She has faced scandal, but took measures to address it. I’m still pissed that McGuinty’s office deleted data before Wynne took over as Premier, but she was the only reasonable option for Premier.

TVO

I watched TVO’s coverage this year. Never watched them cover an election, but Steve Paikin is probably the best talking head on TV. I was really impressed with the PC pundit they had on. He was critical about his party, and honest. Usually you just see people shrieking their party platform, but the PC guy was intelligent about it.

The best part of the coverage was during the discussion of the size of Han Dong’s win…

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TVO also took their time to announce a Liberal government, and then later a Liberal majority. Seems they were the last to announce those, but honestly, I’d rather they don’t rush to that conclusion and instead take their time.

Ontario Declines to Vote 2014

Horwath. Hudak. Wynne. Horwath. Hudak. Wynne. Horwath. Hudak. Wynne. Horwath. Hudak. Wynne. Horwath. Hudak. Wynne.

No.

Tonight the leaders of the three major parties debated. We saw Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, leader of the Liberal Party. Her major contender Tim Hudak, leader of the opposition and leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Also on the stage was Andrea Horwath leader of the New Democrats.

Party Leaders

The debate was horrible. My lord. Okay, let’s look at this.

Mike Harris 2: Electric Boogaloo

Tim Hudak is promising insane things he cannot deliver. Hudak is saying that he can deliver a million jobs to the province, but it doesn’t add up. Not only is stretching each job over eight years and counting them eight times, he’s also doing this through tax cuts, because that has never proven to generate jobs. Hudak wants us to believe that magically jobs will appear because corporations don’t hoard money unless there’s strings attached.

He also wants us to slash 100,000 jobs. Those public service jobs are of course going to be magically unnecessary it will be through retirements, not anyone who wants to stay. It won’t cut our services and of course it won’t affect healthcare or education. BULLSHIT! We saw Mike Harris destroy Ontario’s education system and the only reason it’s mildly effective now is that Dalton McGuinty took charge to fix the mess that Harris made. Hudak sat in Harris’ cabinet.1

Hudak also promised that if his million job plan doesn’t work, he’ll resign… it’s an eight year plan.2

n All that said, Hudak won the debate. He stayed on message, he hammered his points in, and he did while appearing friendly, well informed, and calm, cool and collected.

Andrea Horwath

The NDP leader has been drifting right for a while. She came across in the debate as unprepared and unsure of herself. She has to fight to get anywhere in this election, but is failing miserably at it. The debate did not help her at all. She was a backdrop to the conversation.

Kathleen Wynne

She’s the Premier, and the only one of the three who should be. That doesn’t mean I want her to win. She doesn’t deserve to win. Wynne is intelligent, and weighs her options before making a decision… usually. Except sometimes she does things that are more for her party than for the good of Ontario.

The cancellation of the gas plant cost us a billion dollars, but there was something much more heinous than that, staff in the Premier’s office deleted data relevant to an police investigation into the scandal. That is just completely unacceptable.

Spacing recently did an amazing exposé on the Scarborough subway fiasco. Transportation Minister Glenn Murray had all the information telling him that should Toronto build a subway, the costs to the city would be much greater than we currently know, the need for the subway (rather than LRT) will never actually be there, and the line services fewer people. And yet he and his Premier (Wynne) ran a byelection in Scarborough on a subway platform3.

Conclusion

If these people are my choices, I choose not to vote for any of them. They don’t deserve my choice. I could spoil my ballot by writing in “Kodos,” but then it would be counted as a spoiled ballot which I think most people would figure to mean that I’m too dumb to know how to draw an X beside the candidate’s name.

Instead I could decline my ballot. When I get my ballot, I can return it immediately and say that I decline it. This is counted separately and basically means to all who look that I refuse to vote based on the choices. I took the energy to show up at my polling station, but declined to vote.

I was shocked when debate host Steve Paikin ended the broadcast to remind us to vote “even if we decline our ballot.” Seriously. What the fuck. I’ve never heard that in a debate. I guess we all felt the same way.

Local Candidates

What many people forget is we don’t vote for government. That’s just not how our system of government works. We vote for those who represent us in the legislature. From those people, the party leader who can gain the confidence of the house forms government.

I decided to walk to my friend’s place. She live in the same riding as I live. I watched the debate. She lives at Greenwood and Danforth. I live at Broadview and Danforth. It’s a bit of a walk, about four subway stops. En route, I got to The Pape, and saw the Liberal candidate’s office was open. I stopped in. I also saw the incumbent-NDP candidate’s office was open. I stopped in.

The first thing I asked each campaign worker was “Why should I vote for…”

Rob Newman, the Liberal candidate’s worker said, “He’s a Liberal.” Worst possible answer. I know he’s a Liberal, tell me what he will do for Toronto-Danforth, for Toronto, and for Ontario as a whole.

Peter Tabuns’ staff grabbed me a flyer filled with quotes from community members talking about all the things Tabuns has done in his eight years as an MPP. He talked about the legislation he’s helped put through, he talked about the legislation he’s fought against.

While the Liberals were more concerned about talking about the party as a whole rather than about Newman. Tabuns’ volunteer wanted to talk about Tabuns and his record.

I asked why Newman left the Green Party to join the Liberals, and the office staff didn’t know. Odd.

As much as I hate the idea that this vote would be going towards validating Horwath, I feel Tabuns is the best bet of the choices. I’m still debating declining my ballot, but if not, Tabuns.

You might notice I didn’t mention the PC candidate in the riding. The PCs have no chance of winning the riding and I don’t even know who’s running or care.

  1. I’m now picturing Hudak crouching in Harris’ kitchen cabinet. []
  2. If you buy that, I’ve got some snake oil to sell ya! []
  3. Not a physical platform. []