Take Liberal As Nepean MPP: Endorsement



Nepean PC candidate Lisa MacLeod has called her leader Doug Ford “a very strong, capable, generous, kind soul.”

All of which might be true except that Ford was the brains behind his late brother Doug’s municipal reign in Toronto … possibly the worst government at any level in Canada at any time. On its best days it was a car crash and it embarrassed Toronto and Canada around the world. The first question Americans would ask Canadians when they met around that time was: “What do you think of Rob Ford?”

Not much and his brother’s tight association with him and Doug’s deportment during that time make him very unqualified to be premier of Ontario. Where oh where is Bill Davis?


MPP Lisa MacLeod is unfortunately tied to PC leader Doug Ford.


MacLeod has made it very clear she is fully behind Ford and that disqualifies her from repeating as the representative from Nepean.

Furthermore for some reason, MacLeod says she stands for “one Nepean”. Who knew there were two?

MacLeod also classes city planning committee chairwoman and Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder as her mentor. Given the terrible treatment the public was recently afforded with the high-rise and zoning report, mentor Harder is not something you want to say too loud.

MacLeod parrots the sound-bite so-called platform of Ford which is insulting to voters’ intelligence.

Ford and the Progressive Conservatives (witness the Gong Show that the party has been over the last few months) are incapable of running Ontario well and MacLeod likes Ford and she’s a PC. Nuff said.

The NDP’s Zaff Ansari graduated with a computer science degree from the University of Ottawa. Ansari lives in Nepean with his wife and family and does computer work for the federal government. Nothing wrong with Ansari except his resume is a tad light.

Liberal candidate Lovina Srivastava graduated with a bachelor of engineering degree from a university in India. Srivastava is a computer consultant who has worked in senior management at Blackberry and the Department of National Defence. Nice balance of private and public sector experience and she is also a leader in the computer field in Ottawa.

Despite the desperate spending of desperate Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne, Srivastava has the advantage of being against a woeful Ford regime that Ontario simply cannot allow. Keep Donald Trump politics south of the border.

Go with the Liberal Srivastava in Nepean.


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13 thoughts on “Take Liberal As Nepean MPP: Endorsement

  1. Ken, I’m not sure if this is the correct place to comment on Jan Harder’s intelligence or not. A few years ago I attended a conference and the speaker at the time asked the audience to “put up your hand if you think you’re the smartest person in the world”. About two-thirds of the people in the room did (about 250 people were present). I don’t know whether Jan Harder was in the room or not, likely not, but I think she has far more competition than she realizes.


  2. This is another endorsement by elimination.

    I am not questioning the ultimate choice, merely pointing out that the endorsement was based on eliminating one candidate on the basis of who the leader is, and the other because the experience they bring to the table is underwhelming.

    When our decisions come down to which of the parties, their leaders and the local candidates are least unappealing, I worry for all of Ontario.


      1. To both Ron and Ken,

        “Least appealing” election and “least unappealing” party are putting it mildly.

        For me, it’s like picking between broccoli, cauliflower and kale.

        I ain’t likin’ any of my options but I suppose I gotta pick one.


        1. After reading comments above I thought about Stubby Kaye. I dug up an old LP with the soundtrack from Li’l Abner.
          I have never believed Stubby Kaye & Peter Palmer were right when they sang : “The Country’s in the Best of Hands” but that was the point of the song. No country has ever been in the best of hands. This provincial election hopefully ends with the province being in the least unappealing hands.


  3. Couldn’t agree more.

    One thing that has had a large-size impact on this election is the fact Patrick Brown chose to step down as leader of the PC party after the allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against him. I’m happy to see he’s planning to battle this issue in the courts.

    So what happens if he proves the allegations against him are untrue or the person(s) decide to withdraw them after the election? This issue has the potential of making the 2018 provincial election a travesty and all the people of Ontario will suffer because of it.

    Ron notes he worries for the province as do many others I have spoken to. If a scenario plays out in which the person(s) who instigated this plot are found guilty they should be facing stiff jail sentences. I guess everyone involved in this case is “all in” at this point.


    1. sisco, politics is a full contact game with few rules, and very few of the participants pay even scant attention to those rules.

      Patrick Brown may or may not have been defamed. The veracity of the claims made against him may or may not be addressed in court. If addressed in court, some people will accept the findings of the judge and others will refuse.

      The link between these two statements is that the people who are the public face of this type of behaviour, notably the women who made the allegations, are seldom the people who call the plays. In a hockey metaphor, the coach may tell a rough and tumble player on his bench to take a run at the star on the other team, hoping to inflict sufficient pain that it affects the star player’s ability to play at the top of his game. If a penalty is called, there will be people who think the referees made the wrong call. If a penalty isn’t called, there will be people who think the referees failed to make the right call. There may be endless debate between periods and on the sports networks about it all. Some people may change their minds after hearing other peoples’ opinions. Some won’t. What won’t change is it is the player who serves the penalty box, not the coach.


  4. To Sisco and Ron,

    Perhaps I am reading your points in a way that you didn’t mean them to be taken.

    Sisco – you say that you are “happy to see he’s planning to battle this issue in the courts.”

    Ron – you say “notably the women who made the allegations, are seldom the people who call the plays.”

    You each seem to be taking a view that the women are incapable of making a complaint based on its own merit and that they are somehow being manipulated.

    Again, maybe I am reading your words incorrectly. A complaint was made, it must be taken seriously.

    I can’t jump to the conclusion that the women are being used and therefore be glad that Brown is planning to do battle. Nor, would I dream of jumping to any conclusion that it’s just political tricks from women who seldom call the play.



    1. Chaz, I want to thank you for pointing out that I had failed to express my thoughts clearly, and as a consequence your interpretation has merits.

      To clarify my point, I was using sisco’s example of the events that led to the removal of Patrick Brown as leader of the Ontario PCs. I have long been of the opinion that there are no coincidences in politics. Too many of the players get adrenaline rushes in creating havoc for their adversaries. They love to manipulate situations, start rumours, trade favours, create temporary alliances (the enemy of my enemy is my ally – for now).

      With all of this in mind, do I think that there is merit in the claims made against Patrick Brown? Yes. Did Patrick Brown have a reputation as a “cad”, perhaps even an “unspeakable cad”? Yes. Were the backroom powers of the Ontario PC party aware of his reputation and rumours of his behaviour with women? Yes. Were they worried that the Liberals were, or would become aware of all of the above? Yes. Would the release of this information in late May have been devastating to the election prospects of the Ontario PC’s? Yes.

      When an unavoidable problem is on the horizon, it is best to exercise as much control of the timing as possible. Do I think that the backroom power brokers of the Ontario PC party put the ball in motion to ensure that these unsavoury revelations became public, thereby putting in motion a nearly bloodless coup? Yes.

      In short, I wasn’t questioning the honesty and integrity of the women who made the accusations. I was merely trying to point out that there was an element of political intrigue in the timing and manner that the allegations were made public.


      1. Ron,
        But I think you are still implying that the women were manipulated to come forward.

        I will stick with the idea that they came forward because the Me Too movement has given women the support needed to come forward. The timing may seem suspect to you but to me the timing says nothing except a complaint has been made by some brave women. It’s about time that women can live in an environment where they can stop being afraid of men in power. These women stopped being afraid.


        1. Chaz, I think the powers that be within the Ontario PC’s became aware of the allegations against Patrick Brown, and the momentum behind the decision to go public. You need to keep in mind that the two women at issue were likely either part of the Ontario PC community, or they knew someone who was. These types of rumours are difficult to keep under wraps, especially in this age of social media. A competent management team (perhaps a bit of a stretch when one thinks of the Ontario PC’s, but I am in a generous mood) pays attention to what is being said about the organization on social media.

          In any event, I am of the opinion that the Ontario PC backroom figured out that the bombshell about Patrick Brown’s inept social skills with women (again, I am in a generous mood) was about to be made public. With that in mind, they decided to exercise a degree of control on the timing, and likely arranged for a discrete tip to a reporter or two … and the rest is (recent) history.

          All of which is to say that the women likely made up their own minds to go public, but lost control of the timing.


  5. Well, Ron, so much for putting them in stocks with a basket of rotten tomatoes to toss. As you illustrate elections are won (or lost) in the back rooms not on the playing field.


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