Let’s Have a Full Slate of New Democrats to Raise a Voice for Us in the Face of Four More Years of Ford Government
Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted June 1st, 2022 on Niagara At Large
As I write this commentary there are less than 24 hours left before voters go to the polls in this Ontario election.
And I am going to begin by repeating something that I know some of you out there have told me you don’t want to believe or hear. Every poll out there is projecting, just as tracking polls have since this election officially began a month or so ago, that Doug Ford and his Conservatives are going to win another four-year term as a majority government.
The question we have here in Niagara is do we want to replace one or more of the three NDP MPPs we have – Jeff Burch in the riding of Niagara Centre, Wayne Gates in the riding in a riding of Niagara Falls that includes Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Jennie Stevens in the riding of St. Catharines – and add NDP candidate Dave Augustyn in a riding of Niagara West now held by Ford Conservative Sam Oosterhoff?
In other words do we want a solid block of NDP MPPs who will at least question Ford and his Tories and speak out for people in Niagara if, as expected, Ford win this election? Or do we want more Conservatives like Oosterhoff who will slavishly toe the Ford government line?
Indeed, if and when Ford wins this election, one can just imagine how emboldened his party will feel. If his Conservatives felt okay cutting environmental protection measures, services for children with autism, services for seniors, nursing services and on and on, how much further will they go next time?
We will certainly need as many voices as possible on the other side, fighting for the services and safeguards we have left.
That is why this commentator is hoping that as many voters as possible in Niagara, including younger voters who face crises in affordable housing, climate change and a loss of ever more of our natural heritage and food-growing lands, will paint this region orange by voting for Jeff Burch in Niagara Centre, Wayne Gates in Niagara Falls, Jennie Stevens sin St. Catharines and Dave Augustyn in Niagara West.
- Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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