Here are the lessons we’ve found as we sifted through the entrails of the Ontario Election 2014.
1) Don’t fall for the oldest tricks in the book especially fear mongering.
2) Look past the vacuous sound bites, the fluff of photo opps and the alluring cult of personality. The Daily Mail encapsulates it well: “our politicians are in thrall to spin and style rather than policy and substance.”
3) Look at the principles that each party stands for. What are the long-term consequences of those principles? Look at the conduct of the party as a whole. People come and go; principles endure.
4) Until the Facelift for Democracy takes root, voters must control term limits. After three terms its time to say: Thank you for your service.
5) If you are part of the 48% of Ontario’s eligible voters who didn’t vote, book a trip to the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France.
- Sword Beach (British)
- Juno Beach (Canadian)
- Gold Beach (British)
- Omaha Beach (American)
- Utah Beach (American)
Crawl into one of the abandoned pillboxes.
Can you feel the REAL fear these soldiers felt?
Walk through the military cemeteries:
- Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
- Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
- The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
- Bayeux War Cemetery
- Ranville War Cemetery
- St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux
Read the names on the tombstones.
Note their ages.
Connect the dots between what happened here 70 years ago on 6 June 1944 and what happened in Ontario on 12 June 2014.
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