Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Check out that Campaign Literature!

If you're anything like me, when you get campaign brochures from a candidate on the 'other' team, you throw it out after drawing on the mustache and horns.

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.

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.
Paul said he was going to take the brochure to his local PC candidate. I haven't heard the outcome yet.

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.


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ASTTR - Will McGuinty fool us twice?

Post
- Premier makes no tax increase pledge - again.

Sun - Dalton II: No New Taxes. Yeah, right.

Dr. Roy - Dalton McLiar Show.


30 comments:

Craig said...

Enjoy the Liberal majority tomorrow.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I'm a realist. An optimist realist. Hoping for a Liberal minority at this point.

kursk said...

Craig, why would anyone enjoy a majority liberal govt foisted on the Ontario public?

Has not four years of lies and deceipt been enough for you already?

Wayward son said...

"Craig, why would anyone enjoy a majority liberal govt foisted on the Ontario public?"

If you vote against MMP, which it seems most of you posting here will, then you should definately enjoy the majority.

John said...

WS - voting for or against MPP in tomorrow's referendum will have no effect on tomorrow's election results.

Wayward son said...

"voting for or against MPP in tomorrow's referendum will have no effect on tomorrow's election results."

No, but it is a vote in support of fake majorities being foisted upon the Ontario public. So yes Dalton will have won a majority in 2007 regardless of the referendum. But you have given him the support he needs to win a third fake majority in 2011.

tori said...

people are pissed!!!

mcguinty had an hour on cfrb and it was a farce

Anonymous said...

tori, McGuinty on CFRB was quite the love-in for the Liberals wasn't it.

After 15 minutes, the syrup made me gag and I had to change the channel.

Oh well, 4 more years...

Time enough for the PC party to get its act together and do it properly next time.

Christian Conservative said...

"Time enough for the PC party to get its act together and do it properly next time."

Hear hear Anon@2:49

Time to get our act together and avoid another one of these...

tori said...

it was disgusting!

I'm sorry, but he works for US.

At the very least I expect my premier to talk and face his/her electorate. At the very least. This just showed me more of his bibble. Is this how he will govern the next four years?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Tori, I meant to listen and forgot all about it!

Oh gee whiz. Too bad. ;)

Wayward son said...

"At the very least I expect my premier to talk and face his/her electorate. At the very least."

Wow, I can only imagine how disappointed you are with our Prime Minister then. He doesn't talk to the media or the public.

tori said...

it plays again 10-11pm tonight on cfrb

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Oh good. Thanks, Tori.

Just in time to give me nightmares.

tori said...

ws,

I have no problem being able to talk with the PM when he came to my riding.

My emails are answered pretty promptly, without the automation.

And guess what? I'm not even a party member.

nice try

tori said...

jo- just don't have anything overly sweet, you'll go into diabetic shock

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Ha! Thanks for the warning, Tori.

Anonymous said...

The lamestream media, other politicians and even special interest groups are all afraid of Dalton McGuinty. The Liberals have bought a lot of powerful people in Ontario.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

The Liberals have bought a lot of powerful people in Ontario.

That's for sure. Especially the big unions.

tori said...

wonder what the next demand will be when contracts are up for renewal? and how much it will cost us?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Tori, do you ever wonder if there's any back-room dealing going on between Dalton and the unions?

Anonymous said...

Of course there is a backroom deal with the unions especially the teacher unions who are on the ground working for the Liberals big time. They have 13 ridings in Toronto alone targeted. The payoff will come next year when their contracts are up. They got 12% increase last time, smaller class sizes, more prep time and the health tax "benefit" paid by the taxpayer.

How will McGuinty top that this time? They elementary teachers want $710 more per student funding, smaller class sizes in the middle grades and the same prep time as the secondary teachers. If they don't get it, watch your back Mr. McGuinty. Mr. Peterson, Mr. Rae, and Mr. Eves can show you the scars.

Too bad the taxpayer will be on the hook for all of this with NO guarantee of better learning results for the students.

tori said...

anon,

aren't the teachers also looking forward to having to do only 2 report cards per year?

and yes, there are backroom deals going on.

makes you want to run for office, just to sweep the slime out

Möbius said...

The local paper suggests that, because teachers are seconded to the local Lib campaign, we as taxpayers have to hire temp teachers to replace them.

The teacher's union considers that this is full-paid "union business", so no penalty to those taking time off to help the Libs regain power.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

we as taxpayers have to hire temp teachers to replace them.

Wow! Talk about adding insult to injury!!

And links to that, Möbius?

Möbius said...

http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=724553&auth=Osprey+News+Network

Not sure how to post links, but it's in this one.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks!

Link here.

This is disgusting!!!

Möbius said...

It's not clear from the article if the teachers "released for union work" are being paid their normal salaries for it, as well as the supply teachers. That really would be annoying.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

That really would be annoying.

It sure would.

I passed on that link to a couple of my BT colleagues. That'll raise their blood pressure a bit. (Which isn't good for Sandy. I shouldn't have done that.)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Sandy says this:

I have another source that says the unions paid teachers’ pay for 20 full days leave to do this out of a 28 day election — as long as they were doing union work such as helping a Liberal candidate in a constituency where there was a close race.

I'm going to bed, Möbius. I'm feeling rather sick. I think I'll sleep for four years and hope that Ontario finally comes to its senses by the next election.