I managed to meet with Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, who I must say is one of the more acutely aware members of cabinet in McGuinty's government. She listened to our ideas ("our" meaning the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association's) with such attentiveness that I actually believe she'll consider bringing our ideas to the table, or Legislature, as you will. These ideas include things that really need to be looked at, such as relieving the burden on caregivers in the province, who do so much to care for the elderly and the disabled, but need more help from the government in order to ensure that they're able to make ends meet. This also pertains to elderly couples who live on their own, but have either one or both needing consistent care. The idea that these people, who do not want to move into a nursing home or long-term care if they don't have to, should have a choice is paramount to a proper, small-l liberal view of government. I hope Minister Matthews takes all of this into account.
Something the Minister also talked about was interesting: the fact that so much as been accomplished under this provincial Liberal government in terms of healthcare, education, and seniors, yet we still all want to talk about the next step. What do we do next?, is the question on every Liberal mind. We're the real reformers, those who see a problem, fix it, then want to see what else we can fix about it. It's about never stopping just because you helped improve the situation - you need, and want to improve the situation even more.
In other news, Jim Prentice, Canada's in-name-only Environment Minister, has decided he is going to leave politics in order to join the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerice (CIBC, my bank! yay!..?). No word as far as I can tell on when he plans on leaving, but I suspect it can't be too far from now.
I think its fair to ask why Prentice feels leaving his position in Canada's government is worth it. I can see Inky Mark, or even Jay Hill, folks who have been around for awhile, without making too many waves. But Prentice, from the old PC line, who ran for the leadership of the PCs and came a fairly close second to Peter MacKay, and is/was considered future leadership potential, had a lot going for him. What's changed? Is it really as simple as a good paying CIBC job?