The Bulldog continues its endorsement of local candidates in the Ontario election on Thursday.
To read the previous day’s endorsements, click here.
This will be an unusual choice.
It will take an upset of stupendous proportions for Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod to lose on Thursday evening. The riding consists of the conservative south urban community and the right-wing rural area.
This is natural Tory turf.
MacLeod backs the Million Jobs Plan which won’t work because cutting spending and public-service employment does not stimulate the economy. She rightly has qualms about energy costs that could make Ontario industry more uncompetitive than it already is. MacLeod supports the dying horse-racing industry, throwing away good money on a bad project.
However MacLeod is a hard-working local representative and if Tim Hudak forms a government, she will play a senior role. If she can curb her outbursts in the legislature, MacLeod has the possibility of being a respected member of a potential Tory cabinet.
Liberal Jack Uppal supports the Liberals’ modest job-creation measures and believes firing 100,000 public servants is a risky enterprise.
Uppal is right that the Mike Harris government left the electric system in a mess. Ontario no longer worries if it has enough power. Furthermore, the Liberals kept their promise to close dirty coal-generation plants.
Bulldog Pick: Lisa MacLeod
Liberal MPP John Fraser says his party supports the second phase of the light-rail plan for Ottawa, without which the $2.1 billion light-rail first phase is pretty much useless because the first phase is way too short. That’s important backing for the project but it is oh-so-expensive.
Fraser is right about the McGuinty government shortening wait times at hospitals and making classroom sizes smaller.
Conservative Matt Young says the badly flawed Million Jobs Plan will back expansion of the light-rail plan. That said, Hudak has been all over the place on that support. That leaves a question mark on the future of light rail under Hudak.
Bulldog Pick: John Fraser
This promises to be one of the most competitive races in the city.
Incumbent Yasir Naqvi has a law degree and is a member of the Liberal cabinet … both very big accomplishments for a fine young man. Naqvi has a big future in the Grit world, possibly becoming premier one day.
Naqvi has promised support for phase 2 of the light-rail plan, backs the footbridge over the Rideau Canal at Fifth Avenue and civic efforts to clean up the Ottawa River.
PC candidate Rob Decker has been active in the community and is co-chair of the Centretown Citizen Community Association’s planning committee. Decker has fought to improve the city’s aging infrastructure.
Decker rightly says the gas-plant fiasco has caused Ontarians to lose faith in the Liberals.
Meanwhile, the NDP’s Jennifer McKenzie has been chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She’s an engineer by trade.
McKenzie’s credentials are better than Decker’s but not as good as Naqvi’s. She would have been better advised to run for city council in leadership-challenged Kitchissippi ward.
Bulldog Pick: Yasir Naqvi
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