By Victor Schwartzman
June 2, 2014
That remarkable ancient prognosticator, Nostradamus, has been (well, was) at it again, even though he has been dead for over 500 years.
Researchers located the corpse of Richard III under a parking lot in England (his body has been held without bail due to a half a millennium of unpaid parking tickets). And so has your dedicated columnist, with a somewhat comparable amount of effort, located a previously unknown prediction by the famous futurologist.
This prediction is remarkable in that it predicts the impact on access law and rights from the current Ontario election. Nostradamus could see so accurately into the future he even predicted the existence of Canada and Ontario!
Remember, Nostradamus was always on the money. He predicted there would be wars and earthquakes and occasional bad weather, and there have been!
When this election was called, it appeared that the NDP, which voted to defeat the Liberals’ proposed budget, was in a strong position (or was worried its position was due to get worse.) Why else force an election? However, the NDP’s campaign has shot itself in the foot and then stuffed tissues it sneezed on into the wound. Right now, the chances of the NDP forming a majority government seem nil.
The Conservatives, operating in the vacuum of anti-Government sentiment, initially blustered their way to the front. However, but they ain’t no Secretariat but a horse of a different colour (who knows who’s behind the curtain, pulling the strings?) The Conservatives called for huge cuts in civil servants, inevitably leading to cuts in Government services which appear draconian. Questionable math supports the Tories.
As a result, because most voters want a functioning Government, the Conservatives lost their initial lead. Some polls have them virtually tied with the Liberals. Most polls don’t even mention the NDP. A few Poles mention the NDP, but they point their fingers to their heads and say “Krakow.”
That leaves the Liberals, who form the current Government. Premier Wynne was not quoted as saying because she did not say, but she sure could have, “We could win this because we have left a big hole as a Government and yet we are the only ones to fill that hole. Center and left voters need someone to vote for and the Government they do not want is their only choice. This is how many of us have been elected and become leaders.”
Right now it is possible the Liberals might win enough seats to form a majority Government. Or they could form a minority Government with the NDP. It is also possible the Conservatives will win enough seats to form a majority. They are unlikely to form a minority Government with the NDP or the Liberals. They have had secret negotiations with the Koch Brothers.
Regarding AODA, the Liberals have not explained (or been asked to explain by the other parties or the media) their failure to implement AODA properly or their lack of commitment to the reality of access. The Conservatives have ignored the issue publicly and will likely show a profound disinterest in access. The NDP might say one thing in opposition but history seems to show it does something else when in power.
So who will win the election and how will the new Government impact on access rights and law in Ontario?
Here is where the predictive power of Nostradamus comes in. You remember him. You’ve been waiting for his prediction and here it is, almost! His newly discovered prediction is unusual in its specificity. Once again, the ancient seer has correctly predicted the future:
In a Province to the far west
In a land to be called Canada
An election in Ontario shall be
Of three parties running to rule.
Who will win? For access, who cares?
Nostradamus also wrote a prediction about what any new Government will do with the report Dean Mayo Moran will write about the implementation of AODA, but as a public service we are not printing that as we do not wish to negatively impact her morale.
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Victor Schwartzman contributes this weekly satiric column to Accessibility News nothing in these columns is true except what they are about. His graphic novel (where each chapter is one issue of a community newspaper) is serialized on the great Canadian lit site, http://www.redfez.net. He also contributes a monthly poetry review to http://www.targetaudiencemagazine.com. He has had poetry and short fiction published, and has edited novels. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.