Don’t be fooled

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Editorial

There are reports that a provincial election campaign is underway.

 

At least the antics of the three provincial party leaders would give you that impression.

 

They are going from city to city, from photo op to photo op making grandiose promises and predictions.

 

Premier Kathleen Wynne has said high speed rail service is coming to London. How many times have you heard about high speed rail in the last 30 years? She’s promising to spend and spend some more and at the same time bring the deficit down to zero in a couple of years.

 

PC leader Tim Hudak is going to eliminate the deficit in a couple of years too, by creating 1 million jobs, firing 100,000 civil servants and cutting taxes.

 

Wynne is going to spend the province out of the deficit; Hudak is going to tighten the belt to cut the deficit.

 

Do either of them know what they are talking about?

 

NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s platform seems a little short on details although last week she promised us all $100 to help pay our hydro bills. That’s like giving you a looney to get to Toronto.

 

The three leaders also seem to forget that there are voters who don’t live in the Golden Horseshoe, although Wynne did make a visit to Walkerton last week.

 

The three parties go on ad nauseum about their plans for mass transit in the Greater Toronto Area, but I don’t hear much about the concerns of rural Ontario. Maybe we are living in the land of milk and honey. (Although if we keep killing the bees it might soon  be just the land of milk and cheese.)

 

My impression is that none of the parties is really considering what’s good for the province. The major concern is getting elected, so don’t expect the wild promises to stop.

 

That’s likely why there seems to be so little interest locally in the election.

 

If the Green Party comes up with a candidate, maybe I’ll vote that way. At least the Green Party is concerned about the environment.

 

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In what kind of riding do we live?

 

Well, Huron-Bruce stretches from south of Grand Bend to north of Port Elgin. Our unemployment rate (4.5%) is lower than the provincial (6.4%) and national (6.6) rates. However, the average family income here ($79,839) is lower than the provincial ($90,526) and national ($82,325) figures.

 

Huron-Bruce has fewer people with post secondary degrees (26.71%) compared to the province (33.54%) or country (33.35%).

 

However, we have more seniors (17.6%) than the province (13.56%) and Canada as a whole (13.71%). Home ownership is also higher (31.32%) here than in the province (26.61%) and the country (26.92).

We don’t make as much money and we have lower unemployment, but more people own their homes in Huron-Bruce.

 

Maybe we should be happy that the politicians don’t pay much attention to us.

 

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A group of us headed to the Stratford Festival Thursday to see the musical “Crazy for You”.

 

If you get the chance, see it. It’s a lively production with good music and dance, slap stick and corny puns. Thursday afternoon was a “seniors” show and they were energized, walking out of the theatre without their canes and walkers. By the way, you don’t have to be a senior to enjoy this show – there were some young people in attendance.

 

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Stop the Drop, a group dedicated to trying to save the waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, sent me an e-mail the other day. The coldest winter in 67 years combined with the wettest season in decades, has raised the level of Lake Huron 27 cm (10.5 inches) compared to last year.

 

But don’t be fooled. Climate change is still out there and there is a need for action to protect The Great Lakes.