Last October we had a chance to turf the McGuinty Government – and we didn’t take it.
Some of us stayed home and others bought into the hype of ‘Working Families’ and leftwing media, that warned us of the destruction that would be wrought on public services by Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives.
Oh it would be Mike Harris all over again they screamed, even while some editorials lamented the lack of discernible differences between the two main parties and urged voters to go with the ‘Devil they knew’.
And Ontarians once again fell for the smoke and mirrors, albeit with decreased mandate for the Liberals.
Now we are starting to see the game plan for this Minority Government: Dalton McGuinty will play the part of righteous, invisible Premier and leave all the dirty work to his Finance Minister and Don Drummond. They will be the Bad Cops whom you can blame when all the austerity measures come down like a plague on Ontario residents (loyal unions excepted of course,)
Christina Blizzard is rightly concerned about the influence of third-party interests:
Why won’t the Liberals freeze the pay of unionized public sector workers?
Remember the Working Families Coalition?
It was funded largely by a group of public sector unions who paid for a campaign of negative advertising that targeted Hudak during the election.
The Liberals owe them big time.
It’s time to change the rules on third party advertising — especially when the third party has a vested interest in the outcome of the election.
How ethical is it for unions to be inserting themselves into an election when they’ll be across the table from whoever wins it, negotiating their pay hikes?
Unfortunately for the Premier, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is not a very good actor when feigning shock at the dismal state of Ontario’s fiscal affairs – and mourning that the ‘province they’ve been leading for the past eight years is on the ropes.”
If Dalton can play the blame game and get away with it then surely it’s permissible for me to blame some of my fellow Ontarians for allowing themselves to be duped the last three elections. Or perhaps you’ve just become so bitter and disillusioned that you’ve given up altogether.
And for that, I really can’t blame you.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this column from the Star’s Martin Regg Cohn – McGuinty will pay a price for minority missteps:
By all available accounts, McGuinty haughtily dismissed each of Hudak’s five points as if he were an errant schoolchild. Some of Hudak’s ideas were non-starters, notably his demand that Finance Minister Dwight Duncan be fired. But a couple of proposals were worthy of a serious response instead of a patronizing brush-off…
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One of McGuinty’s Bad Cops gets $1,500 a day!!!