I never cared for debates in election campaigns. The only actual thing they measure is the ability to debate, which is nothing about babbling about theories that do not work in real life.
They are white noise for people to pretend they are doing something when they aren't actually doing anything, just like office workers march up and down corridors telling people how overworked they are -- they don't actually produce anything except coffee to put in their mug as they march up and down the hallways -- and damage to their credit cards as they shop online with their smart phones.
Same feint; different stakes.
It is sanctioned insanity: you have three people standing behind a dais, bickering as if they are in couple's therapy, telling the therapist who has the best life theory.
Why we don't use referendums more than having a tiny minority make decrees is beyond me, but humans are a species of habit.
The theme of this election can be summed up simply:
People want change, but not different.
That's it. Change in an election depends on how regular citizens are really doing:
1. If they are doing well and not in jeopardy of losing their job and/or house, they will vote Conservative.
2. If they are doing so-so, but there is some slack, they will hedge their bets and vote Liberal.
3. If they are doing badly and know the loss of their house and job are imminent, they will vote NDP. It is the default panic vote, running to mommy and daddy, so to speak.
So this election will let the world know exactly how financially healthy Ontario actually is.
If the PC's win, people are feeling secure. If they vote NDP, Ontario was already headed for a recession, and this will sealed it.
As has been quipped elsewhere, a campaign is the time where politicians bribe people with their own money, but Ontario's debt means they are bribing them with money they don't have.
But tonight's debate shows just how badly Ontario's political fortunes have dropped.
Kathleen Wynne was essentially stabbed in the back by the factions she appeased over the last few years. She brought in free tuition, increased minimum wage, and gave more to the public sector than they actually deserved -- and all of these blocs will march straight to the NDP because they don't think the Liberals paid attention to them -- and shows that making peace doesn't make gratitude.
For the cowardly monkeys who branded Wynne as Canada's "most dangerous woman", their little theory proved seriously wanting.
Doug Ford is not his brother Rob, who despite his appalling lifestyle choices, had an endearing quality to his fanbase.
That so-called journalists and experts are talking at length over the fact he did not wear a tie, shows you the reason why politics has become a horrific joke -- who cares?
We aren't having serious discussions over the leaders' platforms.
Let's take Andrea Horwath of the NDP, for instance.
What is giving her an edge is the bribe of the undoable "universal dental care."
Even by reading the NDP's press release is telling just how deceptive that promise happens to be.
First of all, municipalities have funding for emergency dental work for low-income people who go to a dentist of the city's choosing, then the city pays the dentist directly.
So it is already in place.
And there are a lot of dentists kicking around this province. As in a glut.
But the NDP propose having 70 clinics and 7 buses -- the latter is a real knee-slapper.
In a huge and populous province such as Ontario -- just how many people can get dental care waiting for seven buses?
Yes, it really is that stupid.
And it does nothing for the real problems: dentists cannot go to people's homes to do dental work. That's not legal, and yet many people who need it the most as bed-ridden or severely disabled.
Hospitals used to have dental surgery, but those have closed up shop.
So what the NDP is proposing not only doesn't fill any deficits -- and is inferior to a system already in place on the municipal level, and yet people will vote just because they think they are going to "get" free dental care.
It will be expensive drain -- and where will the province get the money?
It is not as if Ontario is crawling with rich people who will just stand around and allow the province to use them as an ATM machine.
And even if they did -- how much money can you actually bleed from them? Not enough.
The NDP narrative of just bleeding the rich will solve all the world's problems is unrealistic and petty lunacy.
Ontario has much bigger problems than that -- and that no one -- not the rival leaders or the press -- has challenged Horwath's theories tells you what sleepwalkers both groups have become. It would be no trouble to wipe the floor with that platform.
The Liberals had the strategy of balancing the needs of both the rich and the poor -- it worked for over a decade because the chasm was small enough to balance both.
But as the chasm widened, the Grits failed to re-jig their methods, and we are seeing the fallout.
Election day will shows us whether Ontario is robust or in shambles, and will determine whether the province's financial health improves -- or collapses...