The Shotgun Blog
Monday, June 28, 2004
On behalf of all Ontarians, I'd also like to apologize for the Liberal's continued strength in Ontario. We all had a job to do and we clearly dropped the ball. Heck, even my money honey, Belinda Stronach, looks like she'll lose. At least we did one thing right: Olivia Chow lost.
If anything, this proved my long held contention that Ontario's "conservatives" were never conservative. Anyone who belonged on the right had joined the Reform or Canadian Alliance years ago leaving only those who didn't know they were Liberals left in the Progressive Conservatives. The fact that the popular vote for the right dropped in 2004 -- when compared to combined CA/PC votes from the last election -- proves that. Sure, we voted Mike Harris but that was in reaction to bad provincial goverments by the NDP and Liberals. We've "recovered" from that bit of madness apparently.
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If Harper and the Conservatives just stopped apologizing and actually educate the public on their positions, maybe Ontarians won't get scared so easily by Martin's fearmongering. It was easy for him to demonize the Conservatives because they kept backtracking from their positions.
Posted by: David | 2004-06-28 9:51:30 PM
It's official: Mississauga is now the most racist city on Earth. Adolf Parish has been re-elected.
Shame on you, Ontario. Shame.
Posted by: Scott | 2004-06-28 10:08:24 PM
Easier said than done. Ontario would have been scared off either way. Yes it would have been noble to stand firm on all positions. But the reality is that it's very easy to get knocked off balance when the PM of the country is calling his rival everything short of a right-wing, bible-thumping madman, and the collective media report on it as if those were fair comments at least, and champion those opinions at worst. The media happily helped Martin transform "A free vote in parliament" into “taking away a women’s right to choose,” and so on. All I know is this: I live in a country where for a brief time the candidate for the Marxist/Leninist (why is such a party even tolerated?) led his riding, and the reaction from the smirking Peter Mansbridge was in a nutshell: “oh how cute!.” Not bad for a party named after the worst mass murderer in history.
Posted by: MarkB | 2004-06-28 10:33:55 PM
Carolyn Parrish being reelected was no surprise. They could have ran a dog as a Liberal in that riding and got it elected.
Posted by: Steve Martinovich | 2004-06-28 10:34:59 PM
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