It seems the Teflon on Premier Dad has finally vaporized.
I guess it’s not much fun hanging around with all these messy scandals looming in the background, and angry union folks demonstrating outside your window. Better to cut your losses and run.
But which came first? – The prorogation idea or the McGuinty Exit Plan? Or was it all part of the Dalton’s Diabolical scheme to avoid the heat from the gas plant inquiries which were inching ever closer to his office?
According to the Star and its sources, the plan to prorogue preceded McSlippery’s resignation. So The Great Dalton Escape ended up being more of a red herring than anything else – in order to divert attention away from the real story. And boy how media sources fell for it. Credit goes to the Star for ferreting out what appears to be the actual game plan.
So did Dalton actually ‘take one for the team’ to help his party hide out and pick up the pieces with a new leader? The whole thing smacks of desperation. And it may end up doing the Liberals more harm than good in the long run.
As L. Ian McDonald points out, McGuinty’s Legacy Team is going to be severely challenged to spin this one into gold.
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This Scott Stinson column from several days ago provides an interesting comparison between the Federal Conservative government and the McGuinty Liberals vis-à-vis prorogation:
…Whatever one wants to say about the affront to democracy caused by the last prorogation on Mr. Harper’s watch, he at least staked his government and his job on the outcome of the ensuing election, although it didn’t immediately follow it. Canadians had an opportunity to reject his justifications for it and put someone else in charge; instead they handed him a majority government.
Ontario voters have no such opportunity. Mr. McGuinty’s wish, explained Monday night, is that it will be up to whomever replaces him as premier to bring the legislature back. That could be several months from now: the Ontario Liberals have to determine how and when to hold a leadership race that is coming out of nowhere first.
In the meantime, the scandals that have been front and centre in the Liberals’ terrible fall will not be fully explored. This can’t be emphasized enough: it is possible that the government position on the cancellation of two gas plants has been fully explained, but there is more than enough reason to believe that further embarrassments would have been unveiled by a Finance Committee probe of the affair. The final cost to taxpayers could be revealed as far higher than the $230-million cited by the Liberals. And the amount of political influence on the decision could be firmly established as wide and deep...
The McGuinty we never knew – Adam Radwanski, Globe:
“You judge a leader by the people he chooses to be around him,” a long-time insider says. “And he chose some of the most ruthless operators to be there to help him implement his vision.”
And from the heart of Kitchener Waterloo by-election territory – McGuinty’s legacy grand but costly (The Record):
The final straw may have fallen last month when voters in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding byelection rejected McGuinty’s candidate and denied the Liberals the seat they needed to regain a legislative majority. Under enough pressure, anything or anyone will give.
But do the truly great leaders quit? Ontario is saddled with a deficit exceeding $14 billion this year. Its people need a sitting legislature that can take the steps that are necessary to rein in spending — and as McGuinty himself concedes, one of these steps will involve the devilishly tricky task of freezing public sector wages.
McGuinty has given much to this province. But this is not the way for him to say goodbye.
A little too generous for my liking.