The Bulldog would love to endorse Karin Howard in Ottawa South.
But it can’t.
Howard is a lawyer who graduated from the University of Ottawa and has worked in private practice. Howard is also a former Ottawa city councillor so she has a rare combination of private and public practice. And she is a well-educated, capable woman and thus a person to be treasured in our male-dominated society.
But unfortunately Howard is an Ontario Progressive Conservative in a party led by former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford. Ford’s deportment in that period was repugnant and he was instrumental in propping up one of the worst governments, led by the late Rob Ford, in Canadian history … maybe the worst.
We cannot under any circumstances elect Doug Ford as premier of Ontario. His lack of a coherent policy, his party’s self-destructive actions of the past few months, his sound-bite pronouncements with no depth and his grovelling for votes using a new beer-sales rules does a disservice to a party that has a foundation of this province. The party of Leslie Frost, John Robarts and Bill Davis has never fielded a worse candidate. The Bulldog couldn’t endorse him in any riding in the Ottawa area let alone as premier of a great province. His tactics, reminiscent of Donald Trump, disqualify him for high office.
NDP candidate Eleanor Fast is an intriguing choice. She was the executive director of the Canadian Academy of Health Science and executive director of Nature Canada. That said, her elected experience is not as great as the other two candidates. Fast does however have the advantage of a party leader who has not made a major ethical gaff in the past few months.
Liberal John Fraser, a former small businessman and constituency rep for former premier Dalton McGuinty, is a well-known mover-and-shaker in the Ottawa area. He has a good balance of public and private experience.
Fraser is an outstanding constituency man given his years of handling the riding for McGuinty. He is also an honest broker … as a journalist, your agent has found that Fraser will tell you what he can and if he can’t tell you, he’ll say why he can’t. That’s about all a reporter can ask.
Fraser is, however, burdened by the desperate leadership of Kathleen Wynne.
Voters should consider Fast as a possible vote but The Bulldog heartily endorses Fraser in Ottawa South.
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