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I am sick and tired of politicians spending all their efforts attacking the other leaders. We voters can decide if we think a candidate is fit to lead Ontario. Instead, we should be hearing solutions to issues facing Ontario.

-Chris DesRoches


I'm not surprised that voter turnouts are so low in Ontario, because as far as I can see, participation has no benefits. I believe that the party system takes away any meaningful participation by people at a grassroots level, leaving the media, corporate and other large organizations as the true electors. For the most part, Ontarians vote for parties, not candidates that will serve their local interests in the riding.

Besides, what are the choices open to Ontarians in the party system. The Liberals and Conservatives are so similar in fundamental outlook as to be indistinguishable, so they try to differentiate themselves by taking positions on issues, or by attacking personal weaknesses of their leaders.

Their positions on issues, and even which issues are addressed, has become a function of perceived popularity, rather than integrity. The issues are decided beforehand by disastrous events, special interest groups, and big business. The NDP are swinging gradually toward the other parties, giving up their uniqueness out of desperation for some kind of voter recognition.

What difference does it make? An election should be about viable choices and empowering real change. I don't feel very empowered.

-Dietrich Sider  Ottawa


I believe the PCs have lead this province well through the greater half of the past decade. Mr. Eves has the right fiscal and economic policies for the future prosperity of the province at this time. Leadership is one of the key issues of this election. Mr. Eves has shown strong leadership to the people of Ontario and I am certain he will continue to do so. Can anyone really picture Dalton McGuinty leading this province? I can't.

-Shane Barnes  Trenton, ON


It is the responsibility of the news media to be our watchdog and to bring to the fore the negative, as well as the positive, decisions the present government made.

It is important that people realize that when Ontarians were frightened, angry, disappointed, and felt disenfranchised over the deaths and illness that occurred in Walkerton due to unsafe drinking water; the closing of hospitals; the firing of nurses; the squabbling with the doctors; the closing of emergency rooms (resulting in death(s); the intercepted memo between Tory offices that asked to create a crisis in education; the constant negotiation by confrontation with the teachers which has resulted in yearly lockouts and strikes; the closing of schools; the increased educational spending that did not improve "in the classroom instruction" (such as general testing of students and the Ontario College of Teachers); the quest for the expansion of a two-tier educational system; and, so many other issues such as the privatization of Highway 407 that are too numerous to list here, that Ernie Eves was an integral part of that same government!

I beg people not to forget that when the present government blames others for oversights or mistakes that have occurred in the past that they, the Conservative Party, except on two very short occasions, have been responsible for governing Ontario since 1943 and, thus, must bear the burden of policies gone wrong.

-Bruce Bushey


The Tories must win the next election. If the New Labour Party (Liberals) win this election, the province will be run by the leaders of labour.

Dalton has promised to put a moratorium on school closures. Ontario has over 100 schools that are half empty. To keep these schools open will cost Ontario over $10 million annually.

Dalton's promise to close coal-burning power plants will threaten the availability of power for businesses.

Dalton has promised to rescind the Tories labour laws.

Dalton has promised to increase welfare payments to the rates of 1995 that translates to a 40% increase.

How many businesses will stay in Ontario under these conditions? Do Ontarians want to see the increase in taxes that will come under a New Labour Party government?

-Wally and Deb


Just remember [Eves] was the guy that gave you all the cuts when he was finance minister. The only thing that is different is we don't have Micky [Mike Harris]. Whatever they give during this election, they are sure to take back twice as much through cuts after the election.

-Cecil Spurgeon


Auto insurance will surely be one of the "hot topics" in this election. Even if the NDP is unlikely to form the government, it's time for the other parties to seriously address a British Columbia style public system. Absurd rate hikes, combined with drastic limitations on victims' rights prove that the private insurance industry cannot serve the Ontario public.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada's Web site boasts that private auto insurers pay $1.2 billion in tax to the Ontario treasury each year. That means approximately 2.4 billion dollars profit - to an industry that collectively claims to lose money? Private auto insurance is really a tax on the "privilege" of driving in this province.

Ernie Eves just keeps giving the insurers what they want, but it's not clear where Dalton McGuinty stands. The NDP is the only party with a "common sense" position on this issue.

-Michael Kelly.


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