Last June 13th, I can’t remember ever being so absolutely disgusted with my fellow citizenry, as I was after the last provincial election. There was lots of commentary on that day from many sources most of it rolled off my back and didn’t bother me. One local blog post, that did stick and actually kind of pissed me off was the following:
Yeah sorry Mariane, I’m picking on you again and condolences about your dog by the way. For some reason this post really bothered me at the time, maybe because she was right on the money with the general consensus of the uninformed voter in that election. This past month or so, the uninformed voters of this province are getting well and truly “informed” by our “Supreme Leader” Kathleen Windbag.
It started back in March with the the new sex education curriculum thing. Let’s be clear I personally do not have a problem with most of it (although I failed to see the point in teaching Grade 8’s about anal intercourse, but that’s just me). My kids have never been sheltered from this subject and I have always managed to have open and honest conversations with them about most subjects including sex, sexual orientation, drugs, booze and general bad behavior. But I do understand that some religious groups and other parents are just not interested in their kids being taught at school about the plethora of subjects in this new sex education curriculum.
A good indication on (as Mariane so aptly coined in her above post) “That nice lady, Kathleen Wynne’s” attitude to anyone that fails to think exactly the same way that she does, was when she called the parents that were protesting the new sex ed curriculum on the front lawn of Queens Park “A bunch of Homaphobes”. It was funny actually because when some of these “homophobic” parents were interviewed, they were far from that description. A little over protective perhaps, uninformed maybe, sheltered definitely. A good leader will push through his/her agenda. But a good leader also listens to detractors concerns. Try to see things from another person’s perspective. Windbag does none of these things. She sees the world through the prism of her downtown Toronto gay married eyes and as far as she is concerned anything less than embracing this narrow view of the world is not worthy of her thought or consideration.
This province is massive, my old company once did a job in a place called Fort Frances, a pulp mill town on the border of Minnesota four hours south west of Thunder Bay, a 21 hour drive from Collingwood. But still a good 3 hour drive from the border with Manitoba. The people of Fort Frances know nothing of gay people or gay marriage and calling them homophobic and shoving this sex ed curriculum down their kids throats will not change that. A little dialogue and understanding might. Windbag is supposed to be the premier of every person in this province, not just her latte sipping, limousine liberal pals from downtown Toronto, and yes even those red necks from Fort Frances.
I was listening to talk radio yesterday, the big topic of conversation was the impending hydro rate increases coming on 1st May. One single mom called in named Jenna, she sounded Jamaican and was pretty close to tears. She doesn’t have an inflation busting government job, was on a fixed income and was barely managing to keep up with her hydro bills now. What I so aptly coined in my last blog as a “hydro pauper”. She couldn’t understand how the person that she voted for last year, didn’t mention any of the extra taxes, hydro rate increases, sex ed curriculum (I think she was also religious) during last year’s election, because she would not have voted for her.
Strangely enough in the following commercial break, right after this lady spoke, there was one of these public service union people bemoaning how nasty the mean Ms. Windbag is for not giving them everything that they want, like some petulant child. It reminded me of the last election, only then Hudak was the target of their ire.
As I was listening to all this I remembered Mariane’s blog and wondered how many other folks out there are just like Jenna. Windbags approval rating is now down to 26% from 46% in last year’s election. So I would think quite a few.