Empty pockets

This being an election year both provincially and municipally the first thing that came to mind was politicians making lofty promises with taxpayers money.
Last night I was watching the local news and another candidate has tossed their hat into the ring for mayor. She is actually my councillor although I don’t know a lot about her other than the few times I have seen her on t.v. She ran as a candidate for the NDP but lost the nomination. They are still discussing the contentious issues of BRT (bus rapid transit). They are planning for something that the federal and provincially government will have to help pay for and yet they don’t know how much money they are going to cough up. I used to take the bus all the time but since I moved downtown I rarely do. There are times it just isn’t that practical since it doesn’t come as often any more. Personally I think we should be putting money into the simple things like garbage collection once a week, snow removal, street maintenance. They are going to make Dundas St a flex street so it’s pedestrian friendly. A portion of it is going to be closed from May to October (if I remember correctly). I don’t see the point. People who live downtown already shop here. I only shop at the market.
Provincially they seem to be promising everything in order to get elected. The NDP is promising universal pharmacare which is something I could get behind. There are many people who are self-employed, working part time who don’t have coverage. It would mean I wouldn’t have to side step the question of paying. A Dr shouldn’t have to ask a patient if they can afford a medication before giving it to them. The only problem is where is the money going to come from?
Because I’m single and live in an apartment there are a lot of issues that don’t affect me. I pay a flat rate per month for hydro but I lived in a house long enough to know how expensive it is to maintain one.
There are so many things that we base our vote on. We vote for a party. We vote for the platform that we like the best. Maybe we like the person that is running in our riding. Right now I don’t know enough to make an informed decision and the provincial election is getting closer. I think attack ads are a waste of money. As a voter I want to know what YOU are going to do. Attacking someone else doesn’t make you look better.
Ahh decisions, decisions.


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