Even though I’m still technically on a sabbatical of sorts, I thought it might be appropriate to say a few words about the change in leadership in the Ontario Liberal Party.
Part of the raison d’être of this blog was to have a venue to rail against Dalton McGuinty’s incompetence, so it is strange that last night’s changing of the guard left me feeling somewhat deflated. Perhaps it’s because I don’t really expect an improvement in the sense of fiscal management – especially if the NDP sells out and ends up propping up this minority government with its democratically-unelected leader.
I suspect Andrea Horwath might be feeling a tad nervous right now with Kathleen Wynne’s leftist political skew encroaching on her territory. So we will probably see the NDP supporting the Liberals out of fear of an election that could bleed support from Horwath.
That could mean that the Ontario economy could tank even further before things get so bad that our credit rating is downgraded. Then an election might finally be inevitable.
I’m not seeing a rosy picture here. Think I’ll go back into seclusion for a while.
Comments may be on for a couple of days. If anyone can see an upside this (other than not having to listen to McGuinty anymore), I’m all ears. Thanks.
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A Few Noteworthy Links:
Ontario’s premier-to-be Kathleen Wynne says she wants to avoid an election, but do her opponents? – Scott Stinson
National Post editorial board: Cleaning up after Dalton McGuinty.
Blowin’ in the wind – Lorrie Goldstein
Kathleen Wynne’s sexual orientation will prove the least of her worries when the legislature returns – Andrew Coyne:
Of the leadership candidates, only Kennedy was unequivocal in warning how deeply disaffected many voters had become with the party, and how urgently it needed to change its approach. McGuinty’s departure from the scene will presumably help to some degree, but not if the new leader is perceived as being more of the same: as Kennedy said in his convention speech, “we can’t slap a different face on an old poster and call that renewal.” Yet how much change or renewal can a senior minister in that same government credibly claim to represent?
And from the It Seems like only Yesterday Files: “McGuinty promises to stay full term if re-elected” – CTV (Jul. 25, 2011)