I saw with some dismay, a provincial political ad on my Facebook newsfeed. Before I proceed, I’ll let you know that I am not going to tell you what I think about any candidate or party in particular. It’s what you think that’s important.
My concern lies instead with the tone and contents of the comments and replies coming from hundreds of our friends and neighbours as people provided feedback to a Doug Ford ad that blamed Premier Wynne and the Ontario Liberals for cutting 40 nursing positions at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
Having worked in healthcare for 35 years, I know that there is much more to this issue than meets the eye and ALL three main parties must shoulder their fair share of blame for the current state of healthcare in the province.
What was disturbing to me was the outright hostility, name calling and insults coming from residents of our city directed at their neighbours and fellow citizens. Calling each other “Liberals” or stupid or evil, (and much, much worse), is just downright unCanadian.
What’s more, crude language like this will never change anyone’s opinion. What then is the point of such replies? Are these folks just trying to make their neighbours feel bad? I don’t believe the majority of our citizens would behave like this face to face, why do they feel that they’re free to trash talk behind a keyboard.
Finally, shame on all three political parties for playing the politics of division. We are at a critical juncture in our provincial history and are presented with, what seems to be a choice between cancer and polio and HIV, (you pick who is who). What we need is detailed explanation of each party’s plan to govern rather than trite one line marketing sound bytes. And we certainly don’t need attach ads.
If you agree with me and feel that all three party leaders are deeply flawed human beings representing troubling and ill conceived policies, then the only option is to get to know the local candidates thoroughly and vote for the person you think will best represent us and our city at Queen’s Park.
I hope we can count on The Oshawa Express and other local media to help us do that.