Sometimes during my travels as a courier, I tune into the Kitchener Newstalk station. Which was the case one day last week.
I quickly realized the regular host had been replaced by a guest host. He was interviewing Rob Leone, the Conservative Candidate in the upcoming provincial election on October 6th. As the Libertarian Candidate, the interview caught my attention.
It wasn’t long until I realized the guest host was none other than Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that the next guest on “THE DOUG CRAIG SHOW” would be NDP Candidate Atinuke Bankole.
Atinuke was followed by Liberal Candidate Kathryn McGarry.
I was starting to think perhaps I had missed an invitation to appear on Mr. Craig’s show – that my invite had gone into my junk mail and I had deleted it.
But it is very possible Mayor Craig wasn’t aware I was running. A little surprising since I thought he and all other members of Council keep in tune with whats on THE CITIZEN.
Oh well, all is not lost. As they say, if life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
I shall consider some space on THE CITIZEN, a a good replacement for being on a Kitchener radio station.
I wish I had a recording of what each of my fellow candidates said over the duration of the show. I wish I could recall each of the questions, and how they each answered. I was too busy driving to make notes.
I do recall that not all those listeners who called in where absolutely delighted with the Candidates – one in particular.
Now, to be truthful, if I were to talk about the Libertarian Platform – what our priorities are etc., I realize that a hefty percentage of citizens would not be totally enamoured with me either.
That is because I would be speaking about prioritizing government spending in a way that has never happened before! There would likely be elimination of entire ministries and some government agencies. Some would be gone because they are unnecessary. Duplication of federal ministries.I’m thinking of Aboriginal Affairs. Some would be gone – or downsized, simply because we can’t afford them. From a Libertarian perspective, the private sector would step in and fill the “void”. In this category, I think of Tourism. And perhaps some of the functions of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Other Ministries are very important. I think of Health and Education. The function of the Attorney General’s office would also be very important in a Libertarian Government. We also need to ensure that food sold in Ontario is safe.
I am not going to pretend to know the precise function of every last Ontario Ministry and Agency and how a Libertarian Government would deal with each of them.
But, I am absolutely sure that spending has to be brought under control. The sooner the better. Delay in tackling government spending will only bring greater pain in the future. As it is now, the results will be painful.
Governments cannot continue to spend their way out of every calamity that faces us. There will be a day of reckoning. Whatever the party in power, they will be forced to deal with reality. No doubt about that.
If I am elected MPP for Cambridge, I would choose to honour the McGuinty governments promises regarding expansion at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
I would NOT expand GO SERVICE or rail service to the GTA from Cambridge.
I don’t believe it is good that so many people have to travel to Toronto every day. Hopefully, more and more companies will choose to relocate to our area. Whether it is rail or car, travelling these distances to work is just not a good thing environmentally.
I would be more than happy to debate any issues readers to THE CITIZEN find important.
Virginia, I like to think there is a Santa Claus. But now that you are grown up and are voting age, be assured there is a Libertarian Candidate in Cambridge. You will have a choice!