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There are some quality candidates…

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

… vying for Liberal Party nominations.

My political junkiness kicks into high gear usually about 12-18 months ahead of a projected election date. I love elections. And I love the processes and machinations leading up to them.

Although it has been an unbelievable (literally and figuratively… which you’ll understand if you know me personally) summer, I have been following some of the LPC nominations that are shaping up. There are some interesting and quality candidates stepping up to the plate in many parts of the country, but two of them really caught my eye. One of them is in Kanata-Carleton, where Karen McCrimmon is standing for the nomination and the other is in southwestern Ontario in Brantford-Brant, where Danielle Takac is throwing her hat into the ring.

Kanata-Carleton is one of the ridings that has been re-jigged for the next election and it is almost in my backyard! One of the many CPC trained seals, Gordon O’Connor, is the current MP of the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. I am unsure as to whether he has announced if he will run again, but he’ll have a helluva fight on his hands if Karen McCrimmon gets the nomination!

Ms. McCrimmon is a decorated ex-military officer who is engaged in and connected with the real issues that her riding and the country are facing. According to her website, “she is pushing the issue of youth unemployment, and improved benefits for Canadian war veterans.” The way the Harperites have pushed both vets and the youth to the back-burner has long been a sore point with me and this stance will serve her well in a riding that is home to many military and ex-military personnel.

One of the comments she recently made on her Facebook page says a lot about how the Harper government has conducted itself and how the Liberals will not follow suit:

This government is all about keeping up ‘appearances’ or ‘perceptions’. Now is the time for us to inject a little reality into the discussion because it will take a better part of a year to break through their carefully crafted propaganda…

She, of course, is dead on! And Ms. McCrimmon and the other Liberals that will be elected as the government next year will focus on real issues and not bumper-sticker politics.

This riding can be a LPC win in the next election – especially if someone as qualified and energetic as Ms. McCrimmon is nominated! Go get ‘em!!

The next nomination that I’d like to highlight is flying her flag in a riding far from my backyard, but one that again I think winnable for the Liberals if the right person is in place.

Brantford-Brant is in southwestern Ontario and is currently held by yet another CPC minion, Phil McColeman, whose main claim to fame seems to be that he organises a local hockey tourney every year. Yeah, good for him.

Danielle Takacs is a woman who can colour this riding Liberal red. Looking into her background I was struck by the degree of engagement and committment that she has shown at the local level and in the Liberal party. The “experience” tab on her webpage is extensive and broad. She has obviously built a lot of bridges through her work and these will serve her well to win the nomination and the riding after that.

AND, she used to pen a very well-written blog that I used to follow! Look out folks, we bloggers are a-takin’ over the joint!

Some of the issues that she notes as being important to her include:

  • Upholding and Honouring Veteran’s rights
  • Addressing the Youth Unemployment Crisis
  • Promoting Canada as a friend to international development, and regain its once highly regarded international reputation.

Like Ms. Takacs and Ms. McCrimmon, these are important issues for me as as well, and I suspect for most Canadians.

I wish both of these fine leaders the best of luck in their nominations and beyond!

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Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

I might sound like a broken record…

Friday, June 13th, 2014

…because over and over I have said that Nanos is the ONLY pollster worth watching.

Here is why (emphasis mine):

Some key observations on this evening’s Ontario election:

Here is a recap of a comparison of the only Ontario election survey conducted by Nanos compared to the actual election result (as of midnight):

Party Election Outcome Nanos May 26th
Liberal 38.4% 37.7%
PC 31.2% 31.2%
NDP 24.0% 23.7%
Green Party 4.9% 5.3%

To watch the CBC Power and Politics segment with Evan Solomon click this link.. To see the report by Nanos click here. (235)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

In 1990…

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I got it wrong. Very wrong.

I have been following – well, more than following – Canadian politics since I was 17… That was 1979. And, except for 1990, I’ve been pretty close to figuring it out. I haven’t been that far off the mark.

But tonight? I have so many conflicting thoughts. This election is so tough to nail down.

The PCs, with a different leader, may have taken this in a walk.

Progressives are pissed at Horwath for voting down a pretty NDP friendly Budget.

And the Liberals have had the spectre of alleged scandal hanging over them.

So, I’m stumped.

I can’t call this one confidently.

But I will anyways…

Um.

Liberal/PC/NDP Majority/minority with a Liberal/PC/NDP Official Opposition.

There ya go. (150)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

Stuff that can influence voter turnout

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa South 2014 – John Fraser deserves the MPP gig

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Predicting election results is a mug’s game. Any prediction of a result outside one’s own riding relies on an analysis of someone else’s polling results. And these have been, um, a wee bit unreliable lately. Do YOU see a Wildrose government in Alberta?

Nope.

So I’m sticking to my riding for now – Ottawa South. I have lived there for the past 11 years and have a pretty good feel for the community and where it leans politically. At least I think I do.

So party by party*, here we go.

Greens:

Gotta love them. Especially on the single school system file. The candidate in the riding, Matt Lakatos-Hayward, seems like a nice guy. The fact that I likely have socks that are older than him shouldn’t matter, but it does. And of all of the parties, I have to admit that I’m attracted to their platform more than any of the others. It is innovative and has evolved into something credible.

Too bad about the not having a chance in hell stuff. Maybe one day…

NDP

Lots of angry NDP supporters out there, eh? Horwath brought down the Liberal government on the Budget – a budget that most Dippers supported. Now they have the distinct possibility of a worse-case scenario being realised: a Hudak government.

Result? Most but the hardline New Democrats will either stay at home or switch to the Liberals strategically to defeat the Hudak candidate, Steve Carrell Matt Young.

The candidate is Bronwyn Funciello, who wants (as she said at the all-candidates meeting) to provide the same type of community oriented service to voters in Ottawa South as she has to the area as a OCDSB Trustee.

Which translates as “sketchy” and “next to none”. Improving on this is what motivated me to run for Trustee opposite her in the least election and why I have not yet 100% ruled out running again.

And, oh – the NDP in the riding? They have just slightly less of chance in hell as the Greens of having a victory party on Thursday night.

PC

I deal with MPPs and MPs and their offices from time to time and I have tried imagining what it would be like dealing with Matt Young MPP. I take off my partisan hat, forget about Tim Hudak and picture what it would be like approaching Mr. Young for:

- some help with funding a day care facility for at-risk families

- assistance in helping my Parent Council to access monies for a new playstructure in our yard to replace one that was torn down by the Board

- ideas to better connect with the community through outreach events

- partnerships with the City to improve local facilities like parks and community centres

And you know what? I picture a smirk, a handshake and a see-ya-later.

Extreme conservatives like Matt Young and his boss are all about the bottom line. Nothing matters more. I’ve known and worked with guys like these in various capacities over my adult life and I have always found them with a single-minded purpose – $$$.

If Mr. Young is elected – and even worse, as part of a PC government – the next few years will be very difficult for we who call ourselves “community activists”.  And hard for those who rely on an MPP with a sympathetic ear.

Another, and important reason why I could not support Mr. Young is his lack of street creds. His lack of involvement in our communities. I had never seen him at a community function, before the by-election. Never on a Board of some community group. Never reaching out and offering help at a community event. Nada. Nothing.

He just appeared out of nowhere. No one I know had ever even HEARD of the guy.

Is someone like THAT worth supporting??

Liberals

I want to make a few points clear, here.

Yes, I am a Liberal – but not a card-carrying one as I am federally.

And yes, a main reason why I do not carry a card or donate to the party is thanks to their stance on school system reform – specifically, merging the Catholic and public boards. And yes, I resent them for this wrong and discriminatory position.

Yes, of course, the allegations about the gas plants bug the hell out of me. But they are still allegations, people! No matter what the PC and the Dippers would have you believe. Funny how Hudak’s conservative buds on the Hill can get away with being the most corrupt government in Canada’s history but colour them red and white and the Ontario Cons are all over them like a Doberman in a sausage factory!

Yes, I think the Budget that spelled the demise for the Wynne Government was just fine, thank-you. And their estimates with regard to when deficit spending would end were pretty realistic, in my quite-well-informed-and-educated opinion.

Yes, I think that Wynne is a fine Premier

But the main reason I support John Fraser in Ottawa South is because of the great work he has done here for his community.

If you are not involved in your community, as I am, you likely don’t see the work that your local MPP, MP or City Councillor does on a daily basis. Being a politician is the most thankless of thankless jobs around. But people like John carry on and do whatever they can to facilitate problem-solving, offer advice and connect the right people to the right people to arrive at solutions for the community.

John has done this as MPP and did this while his former boss was the Premier. When you’re the Premier, you have to hand the constituency work over to a trusted senior staff person. And John was that person.

I can deal with John and his office. I can’t imagine that with Matt Young.

And I certainly cannot imagine dealing with a Hudak government.

Vote Liberal in Ottawa South. Mr. Fraser has earned it.

*sorry to the Communists and the other smaller parties… (131)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

Public funding for Catholic schools has no place in 21st-century Ontario.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Brilliant article in the Glob and Mash today.

Key paragraphs for me – and a message that should be read to all Ontario residents.

The arguments from proponents of publicly-funded Catholic schooling amount to a self-interested assertion that they are entitled to their entitlements. Some might contend that the Catholic system is no longer even very Catholic, having evolved in accordance with secular values despite the dictates of the church itself – for instance, allowing gay-straight alliances and access to contraception.

This argument is self-defeating: if the Catholic system really was just another secular schooling option, all the more reason to merge with the regular public system. Of course Ontario’s public Catholic schools remain tied to the Catholic Church. Hiring of teachers into Catholic schools explicitly discriminates on this basis, with school boards requiring a signed affirmation from a priest that the candidate “participates in the sacramental life of the Church” and “comes from a Catholic background.” There is a surplus of willing and qualified teachers for Ontario’s public schools who cannot find work. It should infuriate any thinking person that public funding flows to schools that actively discriminate against passionate teachers simply because they don’t come from the right religion.

Kudos to the Green Party who are the only major party in Ontario to endorse the merging of the two Boards.

As an intermediate point, can’t we at least have an open debate and an unbiased third-party study looking at the financial pros and cons of such a move?

It would be a start. (58)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa suburbs? NO LRT for YOU!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Voters in the ridings of Ottawa-Orleans, Ottawa West-Nepean and Ottawa South?

Yeah, you guys. Pay attention to who you vote for next week.

You know that LRT thingy that would be extended to your neck of the woods in Phase 2 of the project?

Ain’t going to happen if Timmie is Premier.

For the first time since this provincial election began, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak was clear about whether a PC government would fund the second phase of light rail in Ottawa — and the answer was a resounding “No.”

“No, we can’t afford it,” Hudak said simply when asked about the project at a campaign stop in Ottawa South on Thursday morning.

While Hudak has said that he wouldn’t yank back the $600 million already approved for the 12.5-kilometre section of LRT currently under construction — it will run from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station — the PC leader said he won’t support the $1 billion of funding needed from the province to extend rail to Orléans in the east, Bayshore in the west, and Riverside South (with a possible airport link).

And his minions like Matt Young  are falling dutifully in line… though they must be cringing at the timing of this…

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Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

A Premier Hudak would put Ontario’s education system back to the Dark Ages…

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

…aka, The Harris Years.

Anyone with school age kids are really worried about the impact that a OPC government would have on our kids. As someone who has been involved with a not-for-profit childcare centre and my kids’ Parent Council for a number of years, I have seen firsthand the great things that the Liberals have done for our schools and our daycares. I know what I am talking about.

My Liberal MPP, John Fraser was key in securing funding for a daycare in a Ottawa Community Housing building; a daycare that has allowed several at-risk mothers on social assistance to find and hold down jobs. How can that not be a good thing? A Hudak government would undoubtedly sunset this funding and those families would be back to where they were before the Liberal government stepped in and did what was right.

But there is room for improvement – improvements that only the LPO can make happen.

The only people I know who think that cutting education is a good thing are those that either a) don’t have school age children b) are blinded by their dogmatic attachment to conservative “values” or, c) put finances above all else and damn the consequences.

 

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Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

DB8s… where decorum goes to die…

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

No, I’m not talking about the Ontario election leader’s debate that went down last night. The leaders – and more importantly, the audience – remained civil (if you count constantly interrupting each other “civil”) for the most part.

Though we in the TV audience might have been a little less so… I literally ROTFL when Timmie talked about his lifelong love of mathematics.

Oh, Timmie, you’re such a standard deviant, ya big lug…

The “where decorum goes to die” comment is directed at many of the OPC supporters that were in attendance at the all-candidates meeting last week in my riding of Ottawa South. I am truly glad that I didn’t take my 10-year-old along (exposing her to democracy and all that) because she would have been astounded and disappointed to hear adults behaving and using language that no parent of a ten-year-old wants them to hear.

Sure, there were some chuckles and groans directed at Steve Carrell Matt Young, the Hudak henchman in my riding. But no one but OPC supporters called one of the candidates on the stage an “asshole”, a “stooge” a “liar” or a “fucking bastard”.

Loudly and clearly.

The moderator for the evening did an admirable job in trying to keep the proceedings above the level of a sewage main, but many of the Conservative flag bearers kept dragging it back to that spot. And Mr. Fraser, the OLP candidate, held his own for the most part.

I’m not going to make a sweeping general statement about an absence of decorum and politeness and an overabundance of boorishness that seems to be characteristic of conservatives.

But it sure applied to that particular audience. (192)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

Will Ontarians gamble on the future of their health care?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Harris fired 6,000 nurses when he was Premier.

What’s the over/under with Timmy?

Timmy Hudak. He’s in over his head. (80)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario