So here we are again.
On Jun. 12, the citizens of Ontario will head to the polls to decide who will form the next provincial government.
Admittedly, the mood among some voters ranges from apathetic to downright hostile. Many are wondering why we are going into our second provincial election in three years? They are wondering why the parties could not sort out their differences at Queen’s Park rather than getting the public involved?
If only it were that easy.
What this all boils down to is a series of broken promises Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has made to the people of Ontario.
The Liberals promised to cut auto insurance rates, which vary greatly across the province, causing people in places like Downsview to pay significantly more money to insure their vehicles than people living in other parts of the city, let alone other parts of the province.
While the Liberals did make some cuts to auto insurance rates, these cuts were simply not enough. This is something Downsview residents can attest to every time they have to pay their auto insurance bill.
The Liberals have promised to improve the access to affordable childcare services, which currently cost Ontario parents between $40 and $70 a day to place their children in a licensed daycare. What’s worse is that the parents of more than 16,000 children require subsidies that they have not received because they can’t afford to put their children in daycare.
Kathleen Wynne has repeatedly promised to fix our childcare system in order to make it more affordable, yet there has been no action. There are plenty of available spots in licensed daycare facilities that remain empty because their cost is simply too high for many Ontario parents.
There is also the issue of the $1.1 Billion of Ontario taxpayers’ money the Liberal government wasted to cancel an unpopular power plant in order to secure then Premier Dalton McGuinty’s re-election in 2011. This also doesn’t mention the files related to the scandal that were deleted from hard drives within the Premier’s office. The matter is still currently under investigation.
Put yourself in the position of Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath in considering whether or not to support the most recent Liberal budget. Sure there were a lot of promises made, but given the Liberal government’s inability to keep the promises they’ve made in the past, it is understandable that Horwath determined they would be unable to keep these promises as well.
Plunging the province into yet another election is never an easy thing, but Horwath made the right decision. A government that has not been able to keep the promises it made to the citizens who put it in power should be held accountable by those very citizens.
Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals will once again make all sorts of promises in order to remain in power. It is now up to us, as citizens to determine whether or not to believe those promises.