Tuesday is the day. That's when we vote in our Provincial Representative, the people who will decide our fate for the next four years or so.
I wonder how the province will vote. Will we vote in the status quo? Historically, that is the way things generally go. People are most comfortable with the way things are. But is that true today? Are we comfortable with the status quo, with the way things have been going these past 12 years? Are we comfortable with the way the NDP have handled our provincial matters? That is the real question. And if we are not pleased, what are we going to do about it? Do we vote for the same and hope for a change, or do we change the way we vote?
I, for one, am changing the way I vote this time around.
I have always been a socialist, believing the state should ensure everyone is taken care of, and that makes me an NDPer. So here I am, knowing the NDP have been in power for the last 12 years, and issues that concern me are not being taken care of. Crime in my area is out of control. And the NDP just keep adding social program after social program to the problem. I wouldn't have an issue with social programs if crime rates were going down. But they are not. It seems all these social programs are doing is educating the criminals that they just have to say they had a troubled past and they are free to commit any crime they want.
I am sick of the status quo of being so darned caring about the upbringing of murderers, and coddling criminals as they stab and murder each other and innocent by-standers.
Somebody has to have the b*lls enough to stand up and take a tougher approach to these crimes and the criminals behind them. And somebody has to take a hard look at the way we treat Young Offenders. A third of our murders this year have been committed by youths. That is an absolutely horrific statistic, and we need to take a serious look at it.
In this next election, we cannot just vote for the status quo, and we cannot just vote for social programs. We cannot expect the same leaders and the same policies to have different results just because we cast another vote. The only way to truely make change is to change what we are doing, and that means to change the way we vote.
Enough of the Status Quo of the NDP. I am ready to vote PC and vote for a different approach to crime and punishment. I never thought I would ever vote PC, but this time around, they seem to be the ones speaking my language. McFayden seems to be the only one, of any of the leaders, who is talking about crimes being committed, and our status as Murder Capital of Canada. During the televised debate he quoted stats on crimes since the election started, and crimes during the previous debate downtown. The guy is aware of, and seems to show a real concern for violent crimes being committed around us.
I am tired of hearing sirens, and seeing police. I am tired of hearing about break-ins, robberies, assaults, stabbings, shootings, and murders. I am tired of reading about our youth committing violent crimes. And I am tired of hearing that criminals committing violent acts deserve compassion. I am tired of the status quo, and I am tired of the NDP.
Call me crazy, but I am voting for a change from the status quo. I am voting against the NDP on Tuesday and I am voting PC this time around. Mr. McFadyen, you better not let me down. I expect you to take our crime issues seriously and take real measures to turn this trend around. Make our streets safe again, please.