- It was a historic event for Kathleen Wynne being sworn in as the first female Premier. A pity that a lot of the MPP’s decided not to attend. The attacks on NDP leader Andrea Horwath for not attending (and only 4 of her 19 MPP’s showing up) from some provincial Liberals and supporters rings a bit hollow however when half of her own backbench MPP’s didn’t decide it was worth attending either. That may be defeat hangover from the OLP Convention – and let’s face it, most MPP’s supported another candidate, the majority of that being for Pupatello. That’s an ominous sign, and Premier Wynne will need to put her facilitator training into action to get those disappointed MPP’s back on side.
– Speaking of disappointed, I’m that way for Justin Trudeau basically dismissing reforming a Senate to become elected. It wouldn’t necessarily be a “disaster”, as he claims. It just depends on how you decide to reform it (such as what I suggested). To be honest, I’m far more interested in electoral reform happening at the House of Commons level (I support preferential ballot), where you don’t need a constitutional amendment to reform it (I’m also against trying to pass such a reform by first seeking approval in a national referendum, but that’s another blogpost).
– There’s an interesting project being done to document online all the sexist or inappropriate comments that our women Premiers (of all political stripes) face in this country. Some of the comments and people leaving them are real pieces of work.