Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It's erection time.

Sorry... that should read "It's election time." Too bad I'm too lazy to go back and change it, eh?

Anyway, I digress.

Erection Update: September 12th
  • Liberals press hard with "keeping public schools public" message
  • Tory's Tories trying to divert attention away from contentious education issue
  • Rosario Marchese (NDP — Trinity-Spadina) wears sharp new glasses on local cable channel debate
  • Campaign sign on J's front lawn mysteriously re-planted farther from road
  • J re-re-planted sign closer to sidewalk
  • Sign re-re-re-planted far into bushes by shadowy anonymous cretin
  • J re-re-re-re-planted sign closer to sidewalk
  • Only person talking about Mixed Member Proportional referendum: hunky, single, mostly-STD-free blogger with "mad bedroom skills"
I was out the other day, going door-to-door for a particular candidate in my riding who may or may not be the current Minister of Education (and who may or may not have a high-quality handshake in which I may or may not have partaken at her campaign office), and it was interesting to hear, on more than one occasion, something along these lines:

"Well, y'know, I've been a Conservative all my life. But this thing with the school funding, that's just a mess, and I can't support it."

I had a hunch that some PC supporters would feel this way, and it was right. Bill Davis' decision to fully-fund Catholic schools in the mid-'80s, on his way out the door, remains extremely unpopular with a lot of people (including Conservatives and my parents*) to this day.

John Tory decided to roll the dice with a slightly-altered version of the private school tax credit the PCs implemented in '02-ish. It was unpopular enough then; it's easy, for example, to point to upper-class families, sending their boys to UCC and girls to Havergal, receiving tax breaks. But when you throw in religion... that generates way more zing! for the average Ontarian than the bourgeois ever could with their snooty private (secular) schools. It was a gamble, he lost the bet, and now he's trying to get Ontarians to look at the bright, shiny tax-break he's dangling in front of them.

Don't be fooled, folks. He may sound nicer than Harris; he may be less greasy than Eves. But he's still cut from the same neoconservative cloth as both of 'em.

* My parents aren't particularly Conservative. They've voted blue sometimes, red other times... in small towns and rural areas, people vote more for the individual MP/MPP than for the party. I'm pretty sure they've never "gone orange," though.

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