CFN – What an odd end to the Ontario provincial elections. In the “Big Picture” voter turnout was the key factor with the province slumping under the 50% mark.
That means that over half of the eligable voters in this province just couldn’t be bothered or care about voting.
How many of those that did vote actually understand the issues enough to make their votes truly count?
How many voted because they asked their spouse who to vote for? Or because the candidate has such nice looking children? Or because they saw a sign complaining about taxes; or because their local paper simply opted out of reporting the election; or even worse reported it in a manner that makes the term “partisan” seem milque toast?
But at the end of the day that’s how our Democracy works. That’s why the world is the way it is. After watching what went on this past month or so it kinda made me want to move to Iceland.
But then the sun rises and the blue sky smiles down on all of us, and it’s another day.
I stopped by the PC offices before the announcements and chatted briefly with Gentleman Jim McDonell our new MPP. We shook hands, and after a brief video interview which I botched up on my new computer, wished him well.
It’s not easy being a candidate. A lot of the machinery in the back ground you don’t have control on. Not all the media are friendly, and I think at times you can’t separate your friends from your enemies…
For those that ran it was an experience I’m sure. It was a first for some and not for others. It’s an acid test done on a public platform. It’s why I’ll never run for public office myself except for something like the Chamber of Commerce or maybe, just maybe, city council.
So for today here in SD&SG Ontario I’ll congratulate our new MPP Gentleman Jim McDonell. I’ll congratulate our Premier Dalton McGuinty even though I think you deserve some sort of special award for coming within one seat of a Majority.
I won’t congratulate we voters, and I won’t listen to some of the complaints I hear because I know over half you didn’t vote.
The greatest thing is that no matter what ever happens it creates opportunity. Now it’s time to see what happens with the opportunities created by our election.
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Jamie Gilcig- Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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