March 18, 2014 | 5 Comments
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives seem a bit lost. At a time when they should be capitalizing on the stumbles and scandals of the current Liberal government, the Tories just can’t seem to do much right. They have flip-flopped on right-to-work policy (did many people really even care about the issue?); their white paper on traffic and infrastructure, Building Great Cities, is a mess; and on Thursday, three of their candidates showed up in Ottawa to completely bungle a photo-op*
Meanwhile, the Liberals introduced sensible and necessary changes to the Highway Traffic Act, yesterday. While the Tories are flailing, the Liberals are actually taking time to govern.
There was a time in my youth and young adulthood that conservatives viewed themselves as the grownups in politics. For a while, they had a point. A lot of conservative policy were focused on balancing difficult choices, recognizing externalities and taking into account unintended consequences. But no more. We’ve seen the way politicking has infected U.S. conservatism, and this virus seems to have crossed the border.
The Liberal government deserves to lose the next election. Of course, they deserved to lose the last election, but the Tories were just too inept to capitalize. We need them to grow up, start thinking seriously about issues and demonstrate that they are prepared to run this province.
*How badly did they screw up? They called Highway 174 “Highway 147″, talked about the wrong bridge that comes into the city and they couldn’t find a quiet place to hold their press conference because of the drilling of the LRT–and the press conference was focused on the lack of transit infrastructure!