For the first time in many years, I may not vote PC in the upcoming election. In fact, I may not vote at all.
There's no one to vote for in my riding.
John Tory is not a suitable leader for the Ontario PC party. There is nothing at all in the PC party platform that resembles conservative policy, either fiscal or social.
The party's new plan can be found here It's a whole lot of promises for a whole lot of interference. That means more taxes, in case you were wondering.
As a part of his "plan" for education," Tory wants to "Limit the homework burden on young children to the recommended ten minutes per grade level. Children need a life outside of school – time with family and friends, not an extra two hours of stress at the end of the day." Yeah. That will prepare them for university. That will prepare them for the real world. That will empower teachers to do their job of TEACHING.
That's strike one.
Tory thinks he can buy the religious, social conservative vote by offering funding for faith based education. However, this funding has strings attached and will mean unwanted provincial interference. In the end, serious schools are more likely to reject the promised funds.
That's strike two.
Tory showed up to the Gay Pride Parade.
No vote for you.
Maybe I will vote no confidence.
I am as conservative as the next gal. More, in most cases. Not voting for Tory could mean a Liberal win. That would be bad, I admit it. McGuinty is a disaster. But let's face it; Tory would be worse. If I vote for him, I send a message to the PC's that I am ok with the party's new direction.
And I am not.