Wilf Day wrote:
I know that the polls are not always spot on, but the best one for the NDP has them at 24%, the worst around 15%, how then is the statement "the NDP is the only Party that can stop Tim Hudak" anything other than Orwellian calibre Doublespeak.
It refers to riding races: only the NDP can beat the PCs in Oshawa, Sarnia, you name it.
And it refers to the fact the Wynne unwisely said she would hand over power to Hudak if he gets one more seat.
And it refers to the fact that most people want a change. The only way to stop Hudak is to give them a positive change.
Besides, we now have a 30% poll, and two others were at 28% and 26%. Momentum.
Wilf, IPSOS Reid has been publishing Conservative Friendly polls throughout the election, and in 2011 they were dead wrong. Forum and Abacus were closest in 2011, and the new Forum Poll in the Toronto Star shows the NDP below 20%. Wilf I was there too in 1990 when the real momentum was behind us in the last days of summer, we new there was real momentum, not made up crap by a right wing pollster to install their guy. I wish the NDP was at 37% and had another kick at the can like we did then, but we don't and if on June 12th Tim Hudak is the Premier we are collectively screwed. I have three kids, one in Elementary school, one in University and one head to University in another year. I'm also a public servant. A Hudak win will cost me about $12,000 in the next 5 years in lost Tuition rebate for my two oldest kids, that's just a beginning. Will my colleagues and I even be employed? Will our pensions remain in place? My oldest considers teaching, will there be any teaching jobs left in Tim Hudak's Ontario? Each time the Conservatives, whether Federally or Provincially grab power for a couple of terms, our kids lose. Federally right now the Cons are destroying the planet and robbing my kids' generation of civil liberties that we had when we were kids. Right after right gone, punitive law after punitive law put in place. The NDP played a role in installing Harper in the first place (Jack defeated Martin, along with the Kelowna Accord and the Universal Child Care Program, remember!)
Now here we are, Andrea's ego and the chance to win a few more seats, possibly position the NDP better leads to her defeating a bundget that was widely supported by Labour. That decision puts all of our kids futures at risk, just as Jack's decision in 2006 set off a series of unfortunate events.
Some party people will say, hey it was worth it, we got Official Opposition! Yep we got OP, in parliament that has a Government that has implemented Law and Order Legislation, Repealed the Court Challenges Program, Turned us into a Global Environmental Bad Boy, ripped up Kyoto you name it, the series of events has changed Canada for the worse. So I can't take great pleasure in our temporary Offical Opposition Status Federally either.
The Left in Canada has to figure out when we are going to grow up. As we dither and rearrange our furniture, the Conservatives have taken over everything everywhere.
I'm not a traitor to the party as some folks might accuse me of being (Just at the old 34 who signed the Letter to Andrea weren't disloyal either). I have watched the Party in Past Elections Publicly strip members of their membership cards at the Provincial Council, very Soviet like, I saw my first public shaming of disenting voices when I was 15 and attended my first provincial council with the old Quinte Prov Riding.
Anyway, I will leave my rambling there, who knows what will happen tomorrow. Whatever does happen I hope that we can begin a discussion afterwards of where the left goes from here.