Could Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath please spare us the faux outrage over PC Leader Doug Ford’s statement that “we look after our own first”?
Of course we look after our own first. And by we, I mean any of us with a family and a budget to manage.
At a leader‘s debate in Parry Sound on Friday, Ford responded to the idea of attracting immigrants to the north by saying, “I’m a pretty generous guy, I’m taking care of our own first. Once we take care of our own and we exhaust, we exhaust, every single avenue and we don’t have anyone that can fulfill a job, then I’d be open to that.”
Wynne said she took a sharp intake of breath over the statement and then of course did her usual mother hen clucking about diversity and vibrancy and yadda, yadda, yadda.
So, Wynne is against looking after Ontario first. Not news.
Horwath also expressed dismay.
But let’s break this down to the personal. What do you do? Do you look after your household bills, make sure the kids are housed, clothed and fed before you give to charity? To do so is only sensible.
It’s not loving to pay someone else’s bills while leaving your own family uncared for. It is dysfunctional.
That is not only what Wynne recommends, it is what she does.