The Ontario Liberals fearing the growing NDP support in this election have created several smear websites and have a gang of smear artists on facebook and twitter. These twitter folks the Libs have, try to look like everyday people. Their twitter info very rarely identifies them as campaign operatives and current Government of Ontario employees.
here is a sampling of misleading or out right lies on a website developed by the Ontario Liberals for the campaign...
Against Minimum Wage IncreaseLook at the list of headings here. Andrea Horwath must have sold her soul to Tim Hudak. She voted against all these vital programs. Just how stupid do McGuinty's Liberals think people are. I suppose it might help them with a few voters but don't you think most voters would see through this kind of crap?
Horwath voted against increasing the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10.25 an hour (April 10, 2007)
Against Making Public Healthcare the Law
Horwath voted against the Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act that enshrines public medicare into law (June 7, 2004)
Against Protecting the Boreal Forest
Horwath voted against the Far North Act to protect green space (September 23, 2010)
Against Newborn Screening
Horwath voted against adding over 26 new screening tests for newborns and creating a new screening laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (May 17, 2005)
Opposed Keeping Students in School until Age 18
Horwath voted against the Education Amendment Act (Learning to Age 18) that keeps youth in school halls instead of roaming the malls (December 12, 2006)
Against Reversing PC’s Education Cuts
Horwath voted against reversing the PC’s cuts to education - including billions for smaller class sizes, more schools, and more teachers (Budgets 2004-2011)
Look at the issues above and ask yourself, "Do I think of McGuinty supporting all of these things or do I think of Horwath and the NDP?
The site provides no links or context. If Horwath voted against a budget, then she must be opposed to every action listed above.
Lets take the minimum wage issue. It was the NDP that embarrassed the Ontario Liberal government to act. Remember the private members bills and the petitions? That was the NDP working with Ontarians to force the Liberal government to increase the minimum wage.
The Ontario McGuinty Liberals entered this campaign without a winning issue. They had nothing to take to the voters. When you have a lacklustre record, what do you do? You create bogey men. You attempt to make the election about trumped up, fictious, fabricated or half truth failings of the other guy. In this case, the NDP.
Its not working by the looks of it. The McGuinty Liberals Smear team is working overtime to protect their cushy government jobs, while avoiding any discussion of real issues. In the interim the NDP and Andrea Horwath keep ascending in the polls.
You might remember that during the last election the Federal Liberals and Michael Ignatieff ran a smear campaign against Jack Layton and the NDP like the one mentioned above, that went well right Smear team?