Ontario’s conservatives really have to stop complaining that the Patrick Brown led PCs are liberal lite, (e.g., because Brown has favoured a carbon tax).
Look, I don’t like the idea of a carbon tax either but, given PM Trudeau is forcing a carbon tax on all the provinces, what choice would Brown have as Premier?
In other words, it is absurd for Ontario conservatives to blame Brown for that issue. Besides, I can’t help think that a carbon tax would be better for Ontarians than the Wynne, Quebec, California Cap and Trade Agreement!
Anyway, beyond the carbon tax issue, I have taken the time to understand Brown’s other policies and know, without a doubt, that a government run by him would be 100% better than what we have with the Wynne Liberals.
Is Brown perfect? No, he is isn’t. But, then, since Mike Harris, it seems no one is quite perfect enough to get Ontario conservatives, or those liberals fed up with the Wynne gang, out to vote on election day.
John Tory tried once.
Tim Hudak tried twice.
Neither man was considered good enough for a variety of reasons. Tory talked about funding private schools. He never would have actually done it. So, how did Ontario benefit not voting for Tory? It hasn’t!
Tim Hudak talked about jobs and more jobs and promised to cut public sector jobs through attrition. You would have thought the sky was falling. Guess what? The Ontario public service has not only increased, but has 123,000 people on the over $100,000 sunshine list.
The reality is that Ontario is a liberal province, particularly because the majority of the 3 to 5 million voters who live in Toronto, the GTA and Hamilton, tend to vote Liberal. That reality is not new.
Even Premier Mike Harris knew that. In fact, from what I can see, the CSR (Common Sense Revolution) platform of the 1995 election, is very much like the latest PC Platform called the People’s Guarantee.
I know because I was a senior staffer for a PC MPP for most of the four years from June 1995 until June 1999 and referred to the CSR so often, I nearly memorized it. What I also remember is sitting in the Ontario legislature in the spring of 1999 and hearing Finance Minister Ernie Eves saying repeatedly: Promise Made, Promise Kept.
So, I have no doubt, that is exactly what a Brown government will do as well.
Yet, the anti-PC rhetoric has already started. For example, this morning I read on Twitter about the billions Brown would cut out of Ontario spending. All said without any explanation.
Remember, there were lies about how Harris cut too. For instance, when Harris cut hospital budgets, he re-allocated all the money cut to long term senior care and senior home care — which desperately needed funding. Hospital CEO’s were told to reduce administrative staff to account for the cuts, and use any surplus to hire more nurses. Yet, I was told by nurses I know that, province-wide, hospital brass did the reverse.
In other words, if you ever hear that Harris cut health care and education, it is a bold faced lie. Because, by the time Harris left office, the PCs had significantly increased both those budget areas.
Which is why I want to warn Ontario conservatives and those who sit on the fence about any upcoming negative, hysterical or exaggerated spin they may hear or read about the PC Brown plan.
For example, listen to this video on the financial monthly help the Brown Tories would provide to parents with children under junior kindergarten age. The reality is that if you want young parents to contribute to society, sometimes you need to give them the help they need to be able to leave the home to work. I mean, not everyone has relatives that will help.
In other words, remember, politics is the art of the possible. If you don’t win, nothing is possible.
Therefore, the crux of the matter is that, if you don’t want the Wynne Liberals to win another mandate, you need to put aside any concerns that Brown is too liberal and fight as never before for the PC candidate in your riding to win on June 7th, 2018!