We will be in one of those crazy situations very soon where whomever the Ontario Liberal delegates elect for leader will become our next Premier.
So far the field looks unimpressive, with no sign yet that the Liberal Party is interested in trying to court rural areas. Scott Stinson makes this observation in his recent column (Liberal hopefuls vie to become Premier of Toronto, er, Ontario):
…Perhaps more troubling for party supporters is that of the six candidates, only Ms. Pupatello, who represented Windsor West as an MPP, is not from the Toronto area (and yet she’s returning to politics from a stint with a Bay Street firm). Mr. McGuinty’s successive majority governments were reduced to a minority last year largely because the Liberals have cratered outside urban areas; rebuilding support outside Toronto would seem like a key part of any renewal plan. But the candidates for leader can be plotted on a map that ranges from Windsor in the west to only the Don Valley in the east and, er, the Don Valley in the north.
Liberal fortunes in rural areas have only eroded since the 2011 vote, after the government whacked funding for the horse-racing industry and the gas-plant affair blew up, exacerbating beliefs that Liberals only cared about voters in urban ridings. Meanwhile, a recent decision to postpone the conversion of a coal-fired plant in Thunder Bay has angered local politicians and, coming after the unpopular cancellation of regular train service to the far north of the province, threatens to sap any strength the party has left in that region. The mayor of Thunder Bay complained to a local paper that the Liberal-created provincial power authority “doesn’t know where Thunder Bay is, to tell you the truth.”
It’s in this environment, then, that the Liberals will choose a new leader, in Toronto, in a process likely to have a disproportionate amount of Toronto-area delegates. Each riding will send 16 delegates, but a laundry list of “ex officio” delegates drawn from former candidates, party activists and student leaders are also eligible to participate. Those delegates would be expected to mostly come from the party’s stronghold, but with the leadership convention coming on a late January weekend, travel to Toronto from the province’s outer regions could be difficult. It all points to a selection process skewed toward the one place where the Liberals are relatively strong, and away from those places where they need to grow…
Somehow rural Ontarians need to band together and show some clout. It’s not just the physical location of Toronto that’s the problem, but also the mind-numbing culture of dependency that is fostered there by left wing advocates.
Liberal leadership hopefuls need to get out and smell the fresh air and real manure – not the kind they spread amongst themselves in their safe little Fortress Toronto.
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Not a good start:
— Keith Leslie (@CPnewsboy) November 13, 2012
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…They’ll faithfully pursue his last-minute dedication to rescuing the province’s economy, while making up with the public employees who are angry at being targeted for much of the savings, and getting back to “real” Liberalism at the same time. How? Through “renewal”. Which apparently you can buy at the pharmacy and administer at a rate of two tablespoons a day.
Don’t be surprised, though, if that pledge is viewed skeptically by the vast swathes of the province that aren’t Toronto, didn’t vote for the Liberals last time, and have only been getting angrier since. To them, “renewal” would mean getting the windmills out of their yard, ending the siege against the horseracing industry and perhaps even visiting ridings beyond the Toronto commuter zone once in a while…
Please read this and then join me weeping – Ontario solar energy plan zaps taxpayers (Sun):
…All of which confirms the mendicant reputation of the green energy cult that presupposes everything from the natural world is free — which I guess it is, as long as taxpayers and wads of their folding stuff underwrite it.
So we now have a government subsidized way to send money to the legacy foundation of Canada’s most famous fruit fly geneticist. A foundation that is a registered charity enjoying tax exempt status and can issue tax receipts for donations of the same…
No wonder Suzuki endorsed McGuinty!!