It was a beautiful morning as I walked to my community centre to cast my vote. Earlier, I had dropped my kids off at school then ran an errand before making my way to the polls. There are some days when the benefits of being self-employed, with a flexible schedule, greatly outweigh the insecurity that also comes along with being your own boss. To offset this lack of security, I try to minimize my costs, take time to do some research and plan for the future. By writing this blog over the past weeks I've been able to research and reflect on more election issues than I normally would.
Although the focus of this blog was on childcare and education, I did look at other issues and campaign promises with more than a passing interest, once I began doing research for my posts. The thing that struck me the most, was the number of election promises made with no real explanation of how they would be paid for. I realize this happens in every election. Parties attempt to entice people to vote for them with promises that may popular, but not necessarily affordable.
One of the big issues this election was Bipole III and the extra billion dollars it will cost to have it run according to current plans. An extra billion dollars, added to all the other promised spending alarms me. In these turbulent economic times, consumers have been bombarded with messages of fiscal restraint and responsibility. We've been told to reduce our debt before interest rates rise and our debt burden becomes unmanageable. The effect of these messages has been coloring every election promise I've heard. Can we really afford everything we were promised?
I love the idea of more childcare and preschool spaces. I love the idea of limiting class sizes, from kindergarten to Grade 3, to 20 students. I'll feel more comfortable when a budget is presented, outlining how we can afford the new spending while reducing our provincial debt. Consumers are being urged to practice fiscal responsibility -- governments should practice it too.
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