The election is over and we, in Ontario, will not be heading back to the polls until June 2022 – where we can get rid of Doug Ford and then October 2022 for the Municipals.
This was an election that nobody wanted, nobody cared about and one that didn’t change a bloody thing. However it proved some pundits wrong. The People’s Party of Canada was never a threat and failed to siphon off Tory votes. The NDP also failed to produce so it cannot claim to be a real ‘Kingmaker’, and the Greens collapsed.
All in all, the question is why did we spend 600 million to get more of the same?
One face book poster in my list blamed the waste on PMJT’s ego, I would rather say that the rot has set in within the Liberal Party Office – both PMO staffers, come on down Gerald Butts and the Liberal Party Executive who must have their reasons for putting PMJT back on the hustings. We will never know until the ‘tell-all’ book is published. But we do know that the Libs ran a lousy campaign and failed to frame the campaign question.
My two cents worth about the election is that I never followed the campaign in print or TV, the usual pundits and talking heads, being full of themselves didn’t tell me anything new, so I wasn’t really vested in it. I went to bed early, just as the results were trickling in and woke up early, saw the numbers and yawned – back to real life for me.
The pundits have moved on – speculating about the longevity of the party leaders, how long will Erin O’Toole survive, how many months before Libs start rumbling and who will the Libs bring to the party to get things done?
So moving on for me I noticed that the Cobourg Council has now adopted Internet/telephone voting for the next municipal election. However doing so with a system that is not transparent and safe. One thing we have learned during the past year is that elections are tricky things and any election that uses machines without a paper backup is subject to all kinds of abuse and questions of transparency.
So why does Cobourg adopt a system without a paper backup? The intellivote system, in the last election failed to have paper backups, I very much doubt if the same system four years later will have on this time. Their website (click the link in italics in the previous sentence) fails to show this capacity. Their security page doesn’t even mention the need for paper backups. A major problem for me and every other election administrator in the USA, but we are Canadian so don’t bother having them (paper backups)!
Well I am off back to sleep until the first candidate in the next municipal election files – come on down Adam Bureau. Perhaps we will learn just how many of the last campaigns promise were kept, how many achievements will the present Council run on and if the rumours about the Deputy Mayors’ next electoral plans are true!