Ontario Election Comes Down to One Issue – Stability and Solid Leadership, or Car Salesmen Sound Bits – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – August 26, 2011

Ontario Election Comes Down to One Issue – Stability and Solid Leadership, or Car Salesmen Sound Bits – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – August 26, 2011

Cornwall ON – The writ is about to fall soon and it will be time for the province of Ontario to make a huge decision and one that will impact all of Canada.   From coast to coast the ripples of this election will be felt, if not right away, shortly thereafter.

The voters of Ontario will have the ability to give Mr. Harper his “Hat Trick” by electing Tim Hudak or by using many of the  exact same insights that put Mr. Harper in power by staying the course and re-electing Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

It’s such an easy choice when you get by the glib cut lines like “Changebook” and “Taxman”.   If Canada has weathered the recession it’s in part to the core of the country; Ontario.  I can tell you that in this riding a lot of jobs were sustained with the infrastructure projects.  Healthcare has improved in many areas.

What has impressed me most about the McGuinty government was the attack on generic drug costs and kick backs to pharmacists.    It took a lot of integrity and courage to take those steps.   The people of Ontario that I speak to do care about healthcare.  They do care about jobs, education, the environment, and above all a tolerant and balanced society with hope.

But there’s a dark and sinister play going on when you pull back the curtain and see the levers being manipulated.

State funeral for Jack Layton?    Jack was a great person and great Canadian, and probably nobody did more to help Stephen Harper attain his dream of gaining a majority government, but I’m hearing a lot of rumblings of hopes of helping the provincial NDP under Andrea Horvath by whipping up Jack Layton sentiment short of the election.

Like Ms Horvath’s spin says “This NDP is not your Grand Fathers NDP”    It doesn’t “own” labour in Ontario.  I’m not sure what they truly represent?    I know that they have some very ……”Liberal” ideas, but in the end this election comes down to one simple choice.

Stability and recovery for Ontario by re-electing Dalton McGuinty or something worse than the Mike Harris years with Tim Hudak who doesn’t seem to have the testicular fortitude to state his opinions on issues from Abortion to tax dumping on Municipalities while having Billions of  of holes in his “changebook”

Sometimes change isn’t a good thing…and remember, Tim Hudak is a Bruins fan.

Jamie Gilcig

Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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12 Comments on "Ontario Election Comes Down to One Issue – Stability and Solid Leadership, or Car Salesmen Sound Bits – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – August 26, 2011"

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Mike Bedard
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I like visiting this site to simply see different opinions and hear why people like or don’t like other peoples opinions or views! It is very entertaining and sometimes the line does get get crossed but people are entitled to their opnions! Jamie (admin) does a good job of protecting and commenting against those that have crossed the line or gone a little extreme even! This article obviously promotes a Liberal nomination but why? A lot of jobs were sustained because of the infrastructure projects……what? Our local unions were in an uproar because most of the jobs went to out… Read more »
Mike Bedard
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Hi Jamie, I don’t beleive anyone should sensor your web-site due to your political stance since it is your right to vote and have free speech! I recently experienced the same thing because I was in the Standard-Freeholder for allowing Jim McDonell to announce the PC’s Bill of Rights for small businesses in my store. I literally was bombarded with a red wave that believed I did it to purposely hurt the local liberal riding; which was completely untrue! I allow almost anything to take place in my store because: 1) It brings people into the store. 2) It is… Read more »
Jamie Labonte
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I have to agree with the OP. McGuinty has been a sound and stable steward of things, cautiously improving the situation where he can…jobs, education, health care, drug costs, insurance reform….while Hudak wants to turn the clock back and erase all these improvements. He’s so unstable that his own caucus doesn’t agree with him. Dr. Keon, a died in the wool conservative is expressing dissonance with his own party over Hudak’s ideas….this should sound warning bells. If you come right down to it, it’s who you think has their ducks in a row that should govern. Dalton McGuinty or Tim… Read more »
Ralph Pearce
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I found this website and story on a trip through the Bourque news site on a Saturday morning review, and I find it interesting that our society has put blinders on when it comes to politicians with integrity (a bit of an oxymoron, really -like “army intelligence”). We don’t have such politicians anymore. Tim Hudak has a platform “full of holes,” I’ve read. But Dalton McGuinty has lied -not just once or twice -but several times. I have two daughters in their 20s, and many of their contemporaries are functionally illiterate (in spite of tests that state our core educational… Read more »
PJ Robertson
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For our riding it ought to be a no-brainer. Jim Brownell stepped up to the plate and delivered, Mark MacDonald is vowing to follow Jim’s example, and Mark has what it takes to succeed.

Rick Fess
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Was that a serious editorial, or does it REALLY matter whose hockey team you cheer for????

Jamie Labonte
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I’m not sure why Mike Bedard thinks the debt retirement charge (the charge that Harris levied against Ontarians to convince his cronies to purchase the Hydro generation assets) has paid the debt….it’s not paid. Just wanted to make that clear. Let’s get the facts straight guys.

Jamie Labonte
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Ralph Pearce is certainly voicing an opinion….such as it is and he has a right to do so…however to call Dalton a liar is simply beyond the pale. Dalton has taken responsibility for any decision he has made PERSONALLY. If it’s a tough call, that’s what he says…”I made the call”. He doesn’t try to hide behind an admin assistant, a campaign director…another minister etc etc. He is a stand-up guy that will stand by his record. What Mr. Pearce is not telling you is that Ontario is dragging Canada kicking and screaming back to prosperity. We will be at… Read more »
Mike Bedard
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Hi Jamie, You are right in saying that the debt retirement charge has not been paid but here is were my comment comes from! The “stranded debt” is not being paid down adequately due to mismanagement such as in 2006 when $127 million dollars was charged to credits cards of Hydro One employees credit cards and paid without receipts! Then the president quite rather than be fired! The Liberal government has voted to keep the balance secret! Why? Unless, your hiding something there is no reason NOT to post the balance after 12 years of paying doen the debt unless… Read more »
Rural "Smartmeter" Payor
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Rural "Smartmeter" Payor
All very interesting. Now let me ask, of everyone posting here who is actually being charged “Time of Use” hydro rates with Smart Meters? How many of you know that approximately one milllion (yes, ONLY one million) people in the Province are actually stuck paying “Time of Use” prices and those people are for the most part rural customers. My family and I are very energy consumption conscious, and we have been for a very long time. Then lo and behold, here come smart meters – hydro bill up 27%. Then along came HST, hydro bills up another 8%. Laundry… Read more »
Eric
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Mike Bedard thinks the debt retirement charge should be stopped for the same reason many of us do. The 7.8 billion has been paid back but McGuinty said a couple of months ago it would be extended to continue taking in 1 billion plus HST of about 80 million.

Hydro reported in 2009/10 that revenue exceeded expenses by 1.4 billion, the next year they reported borrowing 1 billion. Why not, it all just big numbers!

Did you know the Ontario government charges Ontario Power Generation for the water it uses?
http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110617/water-rental-fee-110617/20110617/?hub=TorontoNewHome

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