Simply put, Hudak's team is Golden Horseshoe tone-deaf. Goofing upon a Yonge St. subway photo op was just a visible example of this.
One of their North York local campaign teams called me, somehow I was on a list. Except that I'm a downtown Toronto (parkdale-high park) resident. Okay fine. Later that same team called me upon their same North York candidate's tele-meeting events. C'mon.
Of all the parties, it is the Progressive Conservatives who should be primed for the prime-time of an election! Shouldn't they be? I still have no idea who my riding's ballot box token PC name, for this time around, is. That's the Al Gore - try to win without half the states - strategy. With so many banks, plus big and small businesses, and other major organizations, where are their to-be-taken seriously urban candidates?
I sure don't have any of those Debty-Sunshiny glory-am-I-before-you lifer jobs. So in contrast to the competition-protected media people, I'm in general agreement with the startings of Hudak's public intentions. And then he goes off upon big tax cuts as well as attrition employment rollbacks. Who the heck believes in both? If anything we'll need to raise overall taxes while daring pink slips. That is "need to" not "want to".
For example, has anyone met a bus driver who wasn't, by double, always the richest incomer on board? I'm okay with comping the serious traffic driver - say, the drivers of a Dufferin or Steeles ave. route. Their jobs are tough enough. But that gravy often seems to flow too freely when it continues down to the least active ticket collector (boozing water tester, etc.) hogging overtime year after year (and driving in from two hours away) despite so many unemployed and under-employed local citizens.
When PM Jean Chretien and finance minister Paul Martin pulled Canada back into fiscal solvency - they did cut the national spending and transfer payments, and therefore the Harris and (moreso!) Klein provincial cuts. The federal liberals also raised taxes! They did so with a flat-ish surtax upon all income plus through increased payroll tax collections. They also kept the federal GST up at 7%. Harris's team talked the same game as Klein, except that only Klein delivered. Harris simply shifted costs away to the municipalites and segregated Hydro Ontario's burdens. Then they sold off farm acres such as the 407 highway while maintaining more (free and costly) traffic loads upon the parallel all-public highways
I still can't even figure out who ANY of the Central Toronto / GTA PC candidates are. How does Hudak expect to win without BOME - Brampton, Oakville, Mississauga, Etobicoke, (and competing within any of Inner Toronto's ridings). It just won't happen while other-riding GTA candidates are repeatedly calling out-of-riding voters.
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