Saturday, June 14, 2014

The stolen election

Posted at Freedom Press Canada Blog

Ontario's 2014 election results are in and it wasn't even close. Kathleen Wynne – a proven liar and manipulator – and her team of Liberals were elected over Tim Hudak's Conservatives and Andrea Horwath's New Democrats.

Hudak has announced his intention to resign as leader of the party and remain as an MPP; Horwath, on the other hand, is embracing the outcome even though her left-wing party lost its momentum when the Liberals ran farther left than they did.

There will be an incredible volume of elections analysis and discussion in the coming weeks and months. Neither the Conservatives nor the New Democrats presented perfect platforms that appealed to enough voters – as evidenced by their turnout and the result.

But what will require far more substantial discussion and analysis is how those two parties were discredited and ultimately lost to Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. How did they do it?

In my book Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record, I chronicled and analyzed the numerous scandals that have taken place in an Ontario that was hijacked by the Liberals in 2003. While the Liberals' seemingly endless list of lies, corruption, scandals, and mismanagement was brought up throughout the campaign, it was clearly not brought up enough to make a difference in the Ontario election.

The sheer volume of corruption and scandals makes the Ontario Liberal government under Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne the most corrupt, the most scandalized government in Ontario's and Canada's history. That fact alone should have left Ontarians thirsty for a new government whose priorities did not include increasing hydro and gas bills by 40 percent or adding yet another $3400 per year payroll tax onto the backs of already-struggling Ontarians and their families.

The Liberals did not pull it off alone. Liars discusses the helpful involvement of the Working Families Coalition, a third-party anti-Conservative lobby group that has been behind every Liberal victory since 2003. Liars also discusses the involvement of public sector unions that are paid off with generous bonuses and pay hikes – paid for by taxpayers – in exchange for their support during election time. We saw this with the Ontario Provincial Police, whose association actually put out ads threatening to “get involved” in the election if they feared their Liberal masters were in trouble.

Finally, the Liberals – desperate in the final week of the campaign – turned to potentially illegal robocalls and tearing down Conservative candidates' signs. These actions, all of which were caught on video, will take months to be investigated by Elections Ontario to determine what effect they had.

The good news is that we have another four years to promote Liars and ensure its message really sinks in with the electorate.

The bad news is that Liars will probably be several hundred pages long by then...