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Letters from Sept. 9

Mr. Eves would have us believe that he is somehow a "strong leader," and that Dalton McGuinty is "still not up to the job." Get some originality Ernie. It's not 1999! In fact, McGuinty has five years more experience as a party leader than you do! Not to mention an election campaign as leader under his belt.

It totally escapes me why anyone would believe that Ernie Eves is a strong leader. When he ran against Jim Flaherty for the PC leadership, he said that a scoop law for the homeless, mortgage interest deductibility, and a ban on teachers strikes were the stupidest ideas he had ever heard of. Now, on the eve of an election when the polls showed he was poised to lose badly, lo and behold, he suddenly believes in all those things!

In his first budget as premier, Mr. Eves postponed the planned tax cuts, saying that the province couldn't afford them. Now he's saying (like Mike Harris used to) that tax cuts somehow pay for themselves. Which is it Ernie? It can't be both.

Wasn't it always the Tories who in the past used to blast Liberal leaders (Lyn McLeod in 1995, Dalton McGuinty in 1999) for not being consistent? Remember that weathervane ad of theirs? Mr. Eves is flipping and flopping more than a fish on a deck. He spent the first year of his mandate trying to be like Bill Davis, and now he's going back to being like Mike Harris. He just doesn't know who he is.

People, wake up! Just because Mr. Eves came on TV a few times during the blackout doesn't make him a good leader. Any of the opposition leaders would have done the same if they had been premier at the time.

At least McGuinty knows who he is. At least he wouldn't attack certain groups in Ontario, and bring out the worst in us, like Harris and Eves have done time and again over the last eight years.

It's the job of a premier to bring the people together, behind a common cause. Dalton's up to that job.

- Afif Hamid

The more I hear Ernie Eaves talk, the more I hear Mike Harris. Close your eyes and just listen.

I feel Ernie Eves is a good talker, but doesn't say anything of importance. He continually repeats himself on the same issue. I also feel we do not need a leader who openly tosses insults to another party leader in an attempt to get his views across to the people.

We are not interested in what the leaders think of one another. As far as I am concerned, they are not worth the ink I would mark my vote with. They have shown the Ontario people where their priorities lie.

It is really hard to even consider whom I should be voting for. Not one of them is really what I would call leadership material. What we really need is some regular working guy to walk in and run for us. He would probably do a lot better job than what we have to choose from.

We have so many issues to go through to have this country run smoothly, like helping out seniors. Things get more and more expensive, but do you see us getting increases to go with the rising costs? No! They sit back and worry about schools and tuition.

- Patricia Brown

The Harris-Eves government has hit the Toronto District School Board hard. Public Education is under threat across this province.

Ernie Eves had the nerve to put "Students First" on his campaign bus! I would like the Premier and all of the Tory candidates to answer the following questions:
How does the loss of our Attendance Counsellors put students first?
How does the loss of our Youth Counsellors put students first?
How does the loss of supports for new Canadians in our schools put students first?
How does the loss of so many Education Assistants put students first?
How does the drastic cutting back on the caretakers of our schools put students first?

- Jim Emptage

To anybody considering voting Tory, I would ask them to consider the impact of more tax cuts.

Over the past two mandates, we have seen:

1) Major reductions in government inspection and laboratories that support clean water in Ontario (a contributing factor in the Walkerton tragedy).
2) Allowing major growth in large factory farms, without proper procedures for the handling of wastes. (manure contamination was the root cause of the Walkerton outbreak).
3) Reduction in hospital funding, resulting in at least one death when an ambulance had to be redirected away from the closest emergency department.
4) Major under-funding of health care workers, resulting in many hospitals having to depend heavily on part-time nurses. This created the situation where nurses regularly work in multiple hospitals, a contributing factor in the way SARS spread so much more in Ontario than anywhere else in North America or Europe.

It is clear the PC policies have resulted in Ontario deaths. Anybody voting PC has to shoulder part of the blame.

- Gilles Fecteau

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