A politician who transcends party politics
Sometimes a politician transcends party politics. They are elected and re-elected because of who they are and what they have done. Based on the amazing results that he has delivered and the high calibre individual that he is, I think that voters with views across the political spectrum can feed good voting for John Milloy just because he’s John Milloy.
Vote for a better Ontario
I realize though that most voters decide how to vote based upon the parties and their platforms.
The Liberal government has not been perfect, but I’ve never seen a perfect government in a democracy yet. There’s a lot of work to be done but based upon what has been done over the last eight years and what is promised over the next four years, I believe a Liberal vote is a vote for a better Ontario–the type of Ontario that I advocate for in this blog.
Consider voting Liberal if you care about:
- putting an end to urban sprawl such as creating and extending the Green Belt or intensifying our urban areas
- making better use of public transit by building a light rail transit line and connecting our region to Toronto with GO Trains and GO buses
- addressing poverty by implementing the Ontario Child Benefit, raising the minimum wage 7 times and setting public targets for poverty reduction with clear indicators
- improving our education system by lowering class sizes in the primary grades, introducing and completing the implementation of full day kindergarten
- making a post-secondary education more accessible and affordable with a 30% grant to students from lower and middle-class families
- taking concrete steps to make green energy such as solar and wind power a bigger part of our supply and developing innovative clean water technologies and practices
- ensuring people in Ontario have jobs such as when the province prevented hundreds of thousands on Ontarians by coming to the assistance of the auto industry when they needed it the most, acting quickly to implement stimulus spending on infrastructure projects and training over 40,000 people to prepare for a second career
A positive vote
My friends in the NDP think that when I want you to vote Liberal instead of NDP that I’m asking you to vote against Tim Hudak’s Tea Party. That’s their spin to try to get your vote. What I’m actually trying to do is to make the point that there are competing visions for the future of Ontario. Yes, Hudak’s PCs scare me but I don’t want you to vote Liberal to stop them. I want you to vote Liberal because it’s the best way to build a future based upon the vision that I present in this space. I think there’s enough good reasons for people considering other centre/left parties to support the Liberals.
Waterloo Region voting pattern
I can hear them now saying there’s the Liberal sense of entitlement again. It’s another good argument to try to increase their numbers but it’s not fair nor true. I have closely followed politics in Waterloo Region since 1980. Except for 1990 when the NDP swept the province, the party has never placed better than third here. Each party comes into an election with a base of voters that are likely to vote for them because that has been their preference in the past. That base is larger in Waterloo Region for the Liberals and the PCs than the NDP. A party wins or loses based upon how many voters without affiliation it can attract. Sure the NDP could get enough votes to win a riding but it needs much more growth than the primary alternative to the far right position the PCs are offering.
A hard earned base of support
I’m not taking a Liberal base for granted. It is based upon decades of hard work earning voters’ support. In the 2011 provincial elections, scores of volunteers are knocking on doors, dropping off pamphlets, putting up signs and making phone calls to support a centrist option just as they have in every election since before 1980. The Liberal base in Waterloo Region has been earned the hard way and it’s not going away on Thursday. But that doesn’t mean Liberal candidates will win. That depends upon voters who decide election to election who will get their vote.
Don’t vote strategically. Vote with your head
I am not calling for strategic voting because I define that as asking people to vote for a party they don’t normally support. If you belong to the NDP or have always voted that way, I don’t expect you to do anything differently. But if you are trying to decide between the Green Party, the NDP or the Liberals, I am asking you to vote for the strongest party that shares your personal vision. In Waterloo Region, your choice is clear and it’s one you can feel good about after you mark your ballot.
In Kitchener Centre, your choice is even clearer if you care about Kitchener and Waterloo Region. Vote for John Milloy because he’s John Milloy.