However, reader Paul recently alerted me to the importance of examining this literature during an election campaign. In his own riding he found several half-truths and falsified information (dare I say lies?) on a Liberal pamphlet:
1.In four short years, we have reduced Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels.Paul said he was going to take the brochure to his local PC candidate. I haven't heard the outcome yet.
2. And hiring 8000 nurses so far for better patient care and 9000 more in the works.(A quick search of the Ontario Nurse's Association website shows this as being untrue.They have hired but nowhere near 9,000.
However, the incident made me decide to check out the brochure from our local Liberal incumbent, John Milloy. One item in the pamphlet really stuck out - "Smarter Ontario - Test scores are up".
Now that is just not true, according to the Society for Quality Education. Test scores have flat-lined. Now if John really wanted to stretch the truth, perhaps he could say he was referring to a few years ago. But I feel this is a misleading statement.
There is another line in the pamphlet which says "No days lost to teacher strikes". Now that is not completely true either because there was an Ontario College teachers strike during the McGuinty reign. Our family was personally affected. It caused a lot of stress and worry for students and families alike.
Those are just two examples. Check out the campaign literature sitting around at your house.
Perhaps being 'Liberal' means being liberal with the truth.