We Deserve Better. Why I Support Andrea Horwath, by Che Marville

By Che Marville, Oakville NDP Candidate

For weeks people were speculating on what Andrea Horwath would do with the Wynne budget and now we know. It was not an easy or simple decision and in our sound-bite instant gratification culture, many politicians are more preoccupied with image and optics than ethics and accountability.

Understandably there is a lack of trust that diminishes our opportunity to flourish, to be of service to one another in our shared democracy, shared economy and shared ecosystem. It’s hard to talk about hope when our actions are contrary.

The back-drop to this budget is the province’s debt of over 200 billion, the thousands of people all across the province out of work and the numerous scandals. The Liberal budget has no plan to get the basics done, like creating jobs, lowering hydro rates, and making life more affordable. It’s about campaigning.

The Liberal government has presented a so-called progressive election budget that is more about what the so-called left would like than like than an actual detailed strategy and transformative vision for families. In fact, it was Andrea Horwath who first proposed the idea for the Ontario Pension Plan four years ago that was voted down by the Liberals. The transcript is located here.

There is a well-established and proven behavioural principle that the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Habitual behaviour is one of the most difficult patterns to change, it requires acknowledgement, a desire to change and deliberate sustained attention. The Liberals have spent years and billions of dollars that have yet to be accounted for, Tim Hudak’s Conservatives postured and put up road blocks rather than collaborate. The NDP tried to work with the Liberal government in exchange for support on three-fundamental matters:

1) Establish a Financial Accountability Office, to be in place by December 2013

2) Increase resources and salaries for home care and home care workers

3) Lower auto insurance costs by 15%

The Liberals made these three promises that they could not fulfill. There have been many chances, now we have to engage, we have vote, we have to expect something better. We cannot be afraid to demand more from our government, we have to demand that they stop playing cynical games with our lives, respect our taxes, innovate, change, create jobs, strengthen the middle class, strengthen youth opportunity and guard our environment.

People deserve a government that is accountable.

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