Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Happy Anniversary, Ontario

Today is a wonderful day in Lemming Land.

Four years ago today the 2003 Ontario election ended, and as this news release notes, "every day of that campaign that Dalton McGuinty made a promise, Dalton McGuinty made a promise that he broke."


Sandy brings us up to speed on all those broken promises here.

But hey, Ontario. This is what you live for, right?

Never mind that some people are actually suggesting that we may need some kind of reform in education; maybe even a voucher system? And *gasp* competition? And actually firing incompetent teachers?

No, that's not the Ontario way. We are the way we are and we're not going to change.

Even if we're left behind.

18 comments:

Jason Cherniak said...

Considering some of your recent posts, I can only assume that you will never complain about Liberals having a culture of "entitlement". You would think that the Ontario PCs deserved to win and that it's all the fault of us idiot voters who disagree.

Anonymous said...

forgive me jason, but a segment of us actually want, demand, and hell, even DESERVE a government that will act with integrity, honesty, and will listen to the people.

I don't know about you, but the past 4 years did not even come CLOSE to achieving that.

And you can stick the "all politicians lie" where the sun don't shine. Some actually don't. Unfortunately, most people will fall for others telling them what they want to hear rather than the truth.

And THAT is what is wrong with Ontario.

Anonymous said...

The liberals won a majoriy govt last time around ending the conservative majorities of mike harris.

Were we all lemmings during the Harris era?

You may not support Dalton Mcguinty or the liberal party but it is botn childish and disrespectful for you to continually refer to those with different political viewpoints as lemmings.

Nicol DuMoulin said...

"And you can stick the "all politicians lie" where the sun don't shine."

Funny, for all of the left's hatred of George Bush and America and so forth, I have heard the phrase 'all politicians lie' used by more Liberal friends to justify their votes than I can count.

I am not surprised. The Liberal Party as a corporate entity is one of the most cynical in the West. It is sad to think that they, and their compatriots in the media, have indoctrinated a generation to think corruption, prejudice, lies and broken promises are just SOP.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

You would think that the Ontario PCs deserved to win and that it's all the fault of us idiot voters who disagree.

Jason Cherniak?

Wow, I thought I had made it to the big times yesterday with Ben Chin reading my blog!

Anonymous said...

It is fascinating but also very sad to see how this election campaign has been run.

Consider for a moment that John Tory was running for an ostensibly "liberal" party as was Dalton McGuinty. The MSM would be onside with both candidates because they represented "liberal" views held so dear by Ontarians , and the campaign would have focused on issues of integrity , honesty and competence of which McGuinty is sorely lacking.

Instead , because John Tory represents an ostensibly "conservative" party , even though many of his policies are anything but "conservative" , the Liberals aided by the MSM have effectively neutered John Tory and his message and his policy is seldom reported.

In many ways if McGuinty wins a majority he will have a HUGE problem ... his legacy of 4 years inaction on aboriginal issues , law and order , health care , education, privatization of costly government services , Mayor Miller , electric energy ... meaning nuclear because that is the only viable option , a declining Ontario economy ... read auto industry where today a Canadian autoworker costs $25US more than a US autoworker.

... and McGuinty cannot blame Mike Harris for the problems he inherits this time around.

In short , if I were John Tory I would prefer McGuinty to live in the nest he has created for himself.

As for Ontarians ... perhaps not some may remember Bob Rae and the NDP mess. Another Liberal majority will be sadly familiar to them.

Matt said...

Thanks for the tip of the anniversary Joanne. There was another anniversary that just passed fairly recently as well. It was the anniversary of Dalton McGuinty signing his name to these words:

I, Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario, promise, if my party is elected as the next government, that I will: Not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters and will not run deficits. I promise to abide by the Taxpayer Protection and Balanced Budget Act."

Many people think this was only a sneaky move and don't realize that Dalton actually signed his name to that pledge on a contract to taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Actually, you made the big-time when Warren Kinsella told Ben Chin and Jason Cherniak to read your blog, quote it out of context and and post specious comments on it.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

...you made the big-time when Warren Kinsella told Ben Chin and Jason Cherniak to read your blog,

Speaking of the 'Ass-Kicker', it would appear that some of his strategy backfired.

It seems he doesn't like to be called 'stupid'.

Oh, this is rich.

liberal supporter said...

Ben Chin reading my blog
Who is Ben Chin, and how do you know he was reading your blog?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Who is Ben Chin

Heh.

Well, let me tell you a bit about Mr. Chin, since you asked.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

how do you know he was reading your blog?

This.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell's Jason Cherniak and why should I care? Is he Warren Kinsella's son?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, in his wildest dreams does Jason wish he shared a gene pool with Kinsella. Funny that.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Is he Warren Kinsella's son?

That's doing Jason a great disservice.

I have to be nice to Jason until the vote for MMP is over. ;)

Anonymous said...

Politicians lie if they can get away with it - polls tell us Ontario voters don't mind liars.

Anonymous said...

You just can't stop insulting - get a life for heavens sake.

Name-calling is for kids and good parents tell their kids not to name call.

Möbius said...

Jason,

It has nothing to do with idiot voters, it has to do with idiotic campaigning.

That doesn't change the culture of entitlement of Libs, at least federally. You still want to "get back to power as soon as possible". No mea culpas for the problems of the party, no rebuilding and rethinking of policies, just back to power.

The Ontario Libs managed to get power back after the Peterson arrogance and Rae disaster, but immediately started to blame the "old" government for not keeping their promises.

Other than a silly decision by the PC policy-makers in this election, McG would be history. I wouldn't get too smug about it.