Let’s go out to vote

By Aaron Berhane October 2007 The provincial election will be held on October 10, 2007. The party leader (Liberal, NDP, or Progressive Conservative) w...

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By Aaron Berhane
October 2007

The provincial election will be held on October 10, 2007. The party leader (Liberal, NDP, or Progressive Conservative) who wins the highest votes will serve a four-year term as premier. The leaders have already started campaigning on topics they think are crucial.

The NDP leader Mr. Howard Hampton promises to boost the minimum wage to $10 per hour and put physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and eye exams back into the public health care system.

John Tory, leader of the Progressive Conservative party, campaigns on a platform of a clean environment, affordable electricity consumption, allocating funds for faith-based schools, and also promises a spending increase of $75 million to help autistic children and their families.

The Liberal leader Mr. Dalton McGuinty assures us that he will focus on strengthening the public health system and public schools, but he is also spending time defending himself from attacks. When he came to power four years ago, Mr. McGuinty promised to freeze tuition fees. However, he broke his promise, and tuition fees have increased by 24 to 36 percent during his time as premier.

The leaders of the parties are telling us what they will do if they are elected. As a community we should not only listen to what they say, but we should also approach them with our own agenda and ask them how they will deal with the challenges we face. We want to get rid of poverty; smoothly and swiftly integrate into Canadian society; mentor our youth; and have affordable rental housing. Let’s ask them what they can do about these issues. We have to make them aware of our presence in society. We must follow the election closely in the media to find out who will deal with the challenges we face. Then we can elect a leader who understands us.

That’s the benefit of democracy. You pick a leader of your choice and dump the others. Therefore, on October 10, 2007, we must use our democratic right to elect the right leader for us.

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