A reader has sent in an interesting, sad, and bitter letter to the Toronto Star by Alan Tonks’ son, Matthew Tonks. Alan Tonks was, of course, defeated in the recent election by the NDP candidate, Mike Sullivan. In the letter, Matthew Tonks says,
… First off, I am baffled at the way the federal “orange wave” was able to triumph over strong experienced leadership. I have worked hard every single day throughout this campaign and so has my father to outline that he is the best candidate to represent York South-Weston amidst the chaos that gripped our country for the past six years. I am baffled at how our electorate has chosen a candidate in York South-Weston that would use such a negative campaign to win. Even when his back was against the wall, our Liberal candidate would never use that kind of politics because, to him, it has no place in politics. Simply put, the electorate got what it wanted tonight and it defeated an individual that wanted to continue to contribute to his community. … We will give the NDP the next four years to demonstrate its ability to contribute to this community. In four years, I will still be here … to take them to account. That is our democratic process … I just hope the people understand what they have voted for.
That Tonks is doubly baffled reflects quite poorly on him; it shows that Tonks and his campaign were out of touch with the people of his riding. That alone was a good reason to not re-elect him.
It is more disappointing, though, that Tonks maligns the electorate, insinuating that they are stupid by saying the people do not ‘understand’ what they have voted for. Those very same people, after all, voted for Tonks in the last elections. Were they as stupid then?