Mark McDonald of SDSG has commenced his campaign demonstrating the hard work ethic that won him the Liberal nomination for this riding. Should Mark win the election, as seems most likely, then we can count on having a superb replacement for the hard working Jim Brownell.
I acknowledge the local media is somewhat blue. However, I do believe the Liberals will win this riding and the province for, despite some errors, the Liberals have demonstrated overall good government. They have made mistakes, as does everyone; surely we learn from making mistakes.
The Liberal achievements are many but just looking at the two significant areas of health care and green energy paints a promising picture for the province. Under the Liberal government the provincial health care system has risen from its lowly Tory position of worst in the country to the best in the country and one of the outstanding systems in the world. This was achieved with the unpopular health tax.
The Ontario Liberals are leading the provinces in demanding a long term federal commitment to the provincial health care strategies. The Ontario Liberals are demonstrating they are the party that can and will look after the interests of this province.
With foresight, born of doing the job, the Liberals can see the upcoming problems confronting any health care system when all the baby boomers reach retirement age – in the very near future. All the promises of the opposition parties are simply rhetoric since they have neither costed nor even acknowledged the emerging problems of increased senior numbers or their impact on the health system.
Ontario, today, is the leading Canadian jurisdiction in Green Energy development despite the total lack of federal support. Of course, there have been difficulties, where to put the energy creating plants, for no one wants them in their backyard. But, at least, the Liberals are moving the Green Energy portfolio forward.
A change in government is not a good thing for we can benefit from having an experienced political party at the helm of our affairs. The McGuinty Liberals are poised to bring us secure and safe government for many years despite the adverse claims of the weak opposition parties.
John E. Milnes – South Stormont
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