Musings —07.13.2011 09:07 AM—
Sayeth the Globe:
It’s an argument that could have particular resonance in the GTA, where the city is still coming to terms with its decision to elect a mayor who promised a taxpayer windfall without showing how he would make it possible.
And the Globe’s Siri Agrell is right, as I wrote in this book: some may say that they don’t like critical ads about a politician’s public record. But they pay attention to them, and are motivated by them. As I’ve said a million times before, there’s nothing “negative” about shining a bright light on an opponent’s public record.
The ad released yesterday – seen again above this post – is merely a collection of things the media, not Liberals, have said about Tim Hudak. The PCs, who can’t take a punch without crying like little babies, have been shrieking mightily about them – on this web site and elsewhere. It seems their hero Harper is permitted to do ’em, but not anybody else. Uh-huh. Pot, kettle, black, etc.
Ontario Liberals are indeed in a tough fight to win the support of Ontarians. After being in government for nearly a decade, and after having made some tough decisions, I’d expect nothing else. In fact, I had frankly expected we’d be further behind, at this point, than we are.
What you shouldn’t expect is that we will simply roll over and hand over the keys to a dishonest, facile politician like Tim Hudak (cf., said he’d “stop the HST in its tracks,” now plans to keep it; said full-day kindergarten is a “frill,” now claims he’ll keep it; attacked human rights laws repeatedly, now insists he’s changed his mind, etc. etc.). We won’t do that, because we genuinely believe Hudak is in it for himself, and not Ontarians. He’s a phony, fatuous fratboy.
And we will therefore fight for every vote until the very last moment.