Under construction ... Time to DIY [Do It Yourself]! Here are some useful links to follow the June 12 Ontario election. I will add some comments, and you can too, using the Comments link at the bottom of my blog. Much more coming!
In the value free sense the PC Million Jobs Plan has been readily available and easy to access for some time now. Not that it makes sense, or has much depth, but as far as a political party campaign goes Timbo is way ahead of the pack and has nailed this one down but good. You can download the party platform @ OPC!
We hear about the OLP platform and read about it, so where is it? I looked everywhere on line but couldn't find an actual party platform document. So I phoned party headquarters to give them royal shit and ask for a direct link. Was told the budget is their election platform!?! Since then you can see the slide show + downloads on their official site + try to figure it out yourself. Good luck @ OLP!
The NDP has finally released an election platform! Rather thin, but you can download it @ NDP!
ANALYSIS: A comprehensive, easily accessible, easy to follow party platform has usually been the focus of a good election campaign. It seems to be falling by the wayside to piecemeal daily media announcements and staged events. My teacher marks? I'm considering form here, not content:
"A" for the PC's for learning from last time. I don't like it but well done!
Revised "D+" grade for the OLP. It's there I guess .... all over the place ..... and within the spring budget. Suppose we are supposed to go connect the dots ourselves. As if .... On Saturday it was finally formalized into a belated "Plan for Ontario" campaign [Zzzzzz], a mixed grab bag of sorts based on the the budget. When I called the OLP Media Centre last week for this article the staffer who returned my call wasn't aware of any platform present or forthcoming, outside of "look at the budget" so go figure.... A comprehensive focused party platform has not been the OLP's forte since "Time for a Change" in 2003. This year is more of the same ..... [see Wynne blog] .....
"D-" for the NDP. Late, slim, and a last minute affair following a quick toss of the election dice. Can't see that being a good idea myself ..... definitely a crap shoot! Good luck! [See Horwath blog]
Today's ThreeHundredEight aggregate poll has averaged out the numbers somewhat as they continue to drastically whiplash back and forth between the PC's and the OLP. The PC's are still projected to win. The incredible variance between the polling firm [Ipsos/ Eckos/ Forum etc] results continues. That seriously seems to highlight an incredulous bias or maybe its just poor surveying techniques, which have not changed with the times? Anyways, you can continue to follow the ongoing + ever changing analysis @ 308!
Perplexed? The Ontario Election Prediction Project has a very good batting average with some great commentary on each riding, often by insiders and others on the ground in each riding across the province. Seats swing, and the numbers will firm up the closer we get to election day. It's easy to use with the province divided into regions and ridings, each with a link you can click on to read more. IMHO, its the best punditry around: a great fix for political junkies @ Glass Ball!
So far the Ontario Election Prediction Project has predicted 32 seats for the PC's/, 27 for the OLP/ and 16 for the NDP/, with 32 seats too close to call!
"Make show!" as the club goers in Hamburg Germany use to call out to the fledging Beatles during their salad days! For better or worse a good TV debate performance can possibly make or break a campaign for a candidate or moreover the party leader. Especially when it is televised. Most folks will tune in and become cognisant, rather belatedly, of the election race. Then maybe decide whether or not to vote and how. Local town hall debates can be a good chance to carefully scrutinize your local candidates up close and in action. The PC's were not too keen on these in 2011. Probably because their platform doesn't hold up very well under close examination. See @ All form! No content!
The big 3 leaders debate will be televised June 3 just over a week before the June 12 election day. More details and a link to send in your questions is @ Global News
There will be a Northern Ontario debate on May 26. Hudak will not attend, ostensibly because it will not be a "comprehensive discussion". My ass! Quite frankly it's quite the opposite! The kindergarten level economic planks of his Million Jobs platform won't hold up under any weighty discussion. [See above]. Anyway, he has little chance of gaining seats up north whereas the NDP have a good hold and the OLP are in continuing deep doo doo. Better he let them slug it out. The perceived performance of the other party leaders could possibly split votes in other ridings elsewhere across the province, if voters even watch or hear the debate. The PC's then come down the middle for a quite common PC default win. Yup! Add up the combined OLP + NDP seats and popular vote. If they were one party we wouldn't even be having these ongoing neo con PC nightmares each election time. More details of the debate @ Northern Debate!?
Analysis: 'Nuff said!
PS: Stay tuned for teacher union affiliates endorsements! This should be real interesting!!! Kindly help by forwarding any links to share!