I'm a votin' LIBERAL.
I've decided. And you may rest easy, lol. I will be voting Liberal this Thursday in Toronto's Parkdale High Park. Surprised?
Remember my August 9th posting regarding the local candidate; I've had a few search result visits on it. And Cortney Pasternak is still the best candidate, here, from the best political party in our 2011 Ontario election. Period.
What were my choices? The former NDP-LSD dealer who I voted for initially as an opposition MP against a sure majority government. Or a no-name Conservative who isn't even the same person who ran federally for this riding this past Spring. At least, Taylor Train had a superhero-eque name thing going on for himself. And I can better appreciate his military history (as opposed to grand T.O. attitudes of years' past).
Someone - someone working - go buy Warren Kinsella a beer or a soda pop or a Swiss Chalet sauce Cooler smoothie shake, his choice. I said at day one, the worst result IMHO will be a NDP controlled minority government. And absolutely nothing has impressed me about the Ontario PC party this time around.
Hudak's complete non-city persona? His dutiful suit of gloom, of which he wears more often than a Kim Campbell blazer. Their own inability to state what they will do; their unwillingness to do even that much. The lack of any 'name' candidates here in central Big Smoke land. Federally, Harper challenged with a chorus of quality GTA candidates. Until that Mississauga empty suit guy with his Chinese spymedia e-mail thing hit the news. The inspired legacy of watching Tony Clements toss about his 'G20 graft for Gazebos and friends'? Are his 'friends' somehow better to thieve away the money than Dalton's 'friends' - my pockets remain empty regardless! Or Ottawa's John Baird and his never ending antics; the latest being a stupid business card to-do. Seriously, I wish that there was a hint more of Mike Harris (and less Ernie Eves meets John Tory) in Hudak's 2011 team edition.
There is supposed to be a Conservative town hall call this evening for me. Where was it before this? Now under two days to go.
There is a second reason for my voting Liberal. I want them and McGuinty "to own" their record and
Secret post-election pay raise deals for public unions.
OPP cops getting a raise soon after their G20 performance.
Massive HST hits instead of simply lowering the PST level by a percentage (no one else would offer that!).
Selective faith prayer encouraged for school boards.
Resting home personnel callously giving a blind diabetic woman a pain pill for a broken leg.
People with MD either dying after being withheld food subsidies or getting bullied to death.
A suspected (IMO) poorly trained highway cop being dragged 300m to his death by a minor aged joyrider, and a sack of sassy no-fault teen passengers.
A patrol of payrolled parade cops, including many on bicycle, worst than a city run by a mob protection agency.
And yes, this is still Ontario's best political leadership available for the next four years! Thirdly, I am not forfeiting my right to vote. And I may even be homeless before - wait for it - 2015 ever rolls around for another series of elections. I've voted in every election to-date. I'm voting Thursday. Liberal.
Update (Tues. night): see online links for similar views:
Freedom is my Nationality. Blogging Tories member. 'National Post endorsement shows what is wrong with Tim Hudak's campaign', Oct 4th.
Bow. James Bow. Alliance of Non-Partisan Cdns founder. 'On Tim Hudak's Very Disappointing Performance', Oct 4th.
Toronto Sun's un-Endorsement editorial. TO town's tabloid newspaper. 'Ontario deserves better', Oct 2nd.