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While I understand why some people have decided not to vote because there is nobody instilling them with passion in the democratic process, I am also of the opinion that, if you do not vote, you have no right to criticize that process. You have not participated.

Therein lies my dilemma.

What is one to do when the options are less than impressive? Do you throw away your vote on a party/candidate you know has no chance in winning?

I don't know about anybody else, but I am having the hardest time deciding what to do in this election. Should I vote for the 'premier' who has done nothing spectacular, but nothing all that terrible? Perhaps the "evil kitten-eater" won't do too bad a job. I saw him on a tractor the other night on TV and he seemed to do pretty well with that. Or maybe the man who used a dunk tank to get his point across, now that was classy!

I will vote this October, whether I want to or not, because it is something that should be done by every person who has the right and the privilege. But what it all really boils down to is, can I stand hearing his/her voice on the television night after night saying the exact same thing as one I didn't vote for would be saying.

-Christy Senour
Whitby


If you must vote strategically, look at the results of the last election. If the NDP has a good chance to win the seat, don't throw your vote to the Tories by voting Liberal. Remember elections are won and lost seat by seat.

-Paul Dowling
Toronto


I have been following media reports of the election and have been surprised that so few issues have been covered.

Every day media cover the latest attack on Dalton or Ernie.

We are halfway to the election, and I hope that in the next two and a half weeks there will be some discussion of issues from all three major parties so that the public can make their choice based on issues, not window dressing.

I don't care who said what about someone.

Where are they going to take our province over the next four years, and how are they going to do it?

-Mark Vining
 Port Credit


Eves and his party want to stay in power by fear mongering, targeting immigrants, city folk, or the possibility of tax hikes.

But I ask, has anyone:

  • Paid a visit to the local school to see what tax cuts have done to class size, physical maintenance of the schools, and teacher morale?
  • Seen the new insurance premiums?
  • Been to the local hospital to see the long waits, low nurse morale, and the ratio of nurses to patients for care?
  • Seen how Tory policy has sent people to live on the streets in the cities?
  • Seen how mentally ill people are waiting years to get help? And what about our water and our food? The list goes on and on.

    We can cut back now, but we will pay for it in the future as we develop an underclass of people who live in despair with little hope of improving their situation.

    Yes, we must pay more taxes if we think about the future for all Ontarians, and not just for ourselves.

    Don't be fooled by the Tories.

    It is said: If you want peace, work for justice. Justice is a word not found in the dictionary!

    -Tony Souza
     West Hill, Toronto


    A negative campaign is not a good thing. But it is something all three main party leaders are guilty of.

    Ontario deserves to have a strong voice to stand up to the bullying of the Federal Liberals. None of the three leaders seem to have it together. Mr. Eves comes close, having taken some excellent shots at the office of the PM.

    Dalton McGuinty, like his friend Paul Martin, is a notorious flip-flopper. I have seen more tolerant flip-floppers on the beaches in my home province of Nova Scotia.

    -Dann Alexander
     Calgary, Alberta


    Since 1995 the Tories have enjoyed two consecutive terms in power, with majority governments. Before you decide which party to support in the upcoming election you should consider these

    questions: 1. Are our schools better now than they were in 1995? Are our children receiving a better education than they were in 1995?

    2. Is our environment safer now than it was in 1995? Is our water supply safer than it was in 1995?

    3. Are our cities better off now than they were in 1995?

    4. Do we have a better, more reliable source of electrical power than we did in 1995?

    5. Is our health-care system better now than it was in 1995?

    6. Do you believe our hospitals provide better care now than they did in 1995?

    6. Are people who send their children to private schools more in need of tax refunds than they were in 1995?

    7. Do you believe that the Ontario economy has improved since 1995?

    8. If your answer to Question 7 is "YES", do your really believe that this is a result of Tory tax cuts?

    9. Do you think that disabled persons are better off now than they were in 1995?

    10. If your answer to all of the above is "no," then do you really believe that the Tories should be given another chance to get it right?

    If your answer to all the above is "yes," it makes me wonder whether you have been asleep for the past eight years?

    -Jim Thompson
     Thornhill


    The Tories are continuing with their plan to privatize many of our public institutions in the belief that private enterprise is more efficient than public enterprise. However, they present no economic studies to back up their ideas, just the basic belief that "every" enterprise is best run by the private sector.

    The book The Efficient Society, written by a professor at McGill, makes the point that some enterprises are most efficient when operated in the public sector, and some are most efficient when operating in the private sector.

    The Tories, however, have a fixed mind on the matter. They are as obdurate as the Communists, just on the other polar extreme.

    Our hospitals, after eight years of Tory mismanagement, are not more efficient in that they are not delivering better service for the dollar spent.

    Our education system is not more efficient after all the Tory cutbacks. The move to private schools does not make schools more efficient, just more unaccountable to the public.

    Our civic services, such as mass transit, have not been made more efficient by the cutbacks.

    The Tories are blinded to economic facts by their belief systems that private enterprise is always superior to public enterprise.

    -Eric Dempster
     Toronto


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