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Lets review what Kathleen Wynne answered to my five questions (and the blogger conference call)

Now that Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario (or about to be made formally), I think now might be a good time to review what she said in response to the 5 questions I sent her and some of the other candidates, and see where she might go:

The first question was why the OLP should pick her to be Premier. Her answer was that she had experience bringing people together, building partnerships, and that leadership depended on building a team. We’re going to see part of that over the next couple of weeks when she decides who to put in Cabinet, as well as the fractures she faces […]

There are now 2000 candidates for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership.. what are their policies?

Ok.. so I’m exaggerating.. but it sure seems that way. It also seems like the entire provincial cabinet has resigned so they can enter the race. Two more have entered today, or are about to enter – Charles Sousa – Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Eric Hoskins, former Children and Youth Services. I’ve also seen reports on Twitter that Gerard Kennedy, who has been involved in Ontario politics before and of course was a federal Liberal MP, is now going to be entering the race on Monday. Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne are already in the race as is Sandra Pupatello (the apparent front-runner, according to the Toronto […]

Ontario voters wake up today to what they had yesterday, (sort of).

Forum Research, the polling company, must be feeling pretty good today. Their opinion polls released the day before the 2 by-elections held more or less accurate. The Liberals held Vaughan, and in a surprise upset, the NDP, who last held the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo back in 1943 when it was then known as the CCF, came from third place to win rather handily over the Conservative and Liberal candidates.

SO what does that say to me? A few observations:

– I’m not the only one who is pleased to see Turncoat Tony Genco, who ran to and for the Conservatives both federally and provincially after running for the federal Liberals […]

Sanity prevails in both Ontario and Alberta.

Well, this is actually a half-satisfying morning for me – one I haven’t had in Canadian political affairs for quite awhile.

First, the Ontario Liberals and NDP came to an agreement yesterday that will allow the Ontario Liberals Budget to pass, and avert an election a mere 6 months after the last one. The key one seems to be that NDP got their surtax on the extremely wealthy, with the Liberals getting to put it towards paying off some of the deficit. It also puts the Conservatives under Tim Hudak on the outside looking in – he didn’t want to negotiate on anything. I wonder if he even bothered proposing […]

Hudak’s Harris-like approach

In case you missed it, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party had a convention this weekend. There was a lot of, shall we say, extraneous stuff that was going on that distracted from this event, but you shouldn’t let the amusement of a wayward Blackberry from a PC candidate and an even more tortured explanation from Tim Hudak’s officials get in the way of other things that was going on there.

There are some questions about Hudak’s policy financial shortfalls and where he’s going to make up the money to pay for what he’s offering Ontario for electing him. What most concerns me though is stuff like this coming out of […]

A specific example of why I’m lukewarm at best with the Ontario Liberal government.

Many folks know I’m a federal Liberal supporter and have been for a few years. Many people don’t know I’m not a provincial Liberal member. I do vote for them at elections, but only because the choices/alternatives presented to me haven’t been palatable. I am no big cheerleader of Dalton Mcguinty or his style: I find him far too conservative for my liking.

My disdain for the provincial Liberal government is not helped by the news they passed a secret law giving the Toronto police extraordinary powers for the G8/G20 – perhaps even unconstitutional, as I don’t see how this is compatible with the Charter. This is the sort of […]

Scott’s Diatribes officially endorses Randy Hillier to be leader of the next Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

With his announcement this AM that he is running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, I’ve decided to issue my hearty endorsement of Randy winning the leadership race.

I do so because with his second-to-none past “activist background”, and the fact all the right wing conservative activists will probably endorse him (and not just any normal bunch of right-wingers, but the really extreme wingnuts), his winning the leadership ensures not only do the Progressive Conservatives come nowhere close to winning the government back in Ontario, they might even turn off enough moderate (or “normal”) people that the NDP might get official opposition, and send them even further […]

Did John Tory get enough votes to stay in as leader?

It looks like he’ll have to think about it:

John Tory says he’ll decide “very soon” whether to hang on as Progressive Conservative leader after winning just 66.87 per cent support from party activists in a review of his performance following last October’s election debacle. The results – lower than internal tracking which showed more comfortably in the 70 per cent range – appeared to come as a shock to Tory.

Personally, in a very selfish way, I hope Mr. Tory leaves, and the Ontario PC’s put in a right-winger as their leader. I think Tory would still have a chance to portray himself as a moderate to the Ontario electorate the next time around, and that usually appeals to the province’s voters. If the PC’s think they need to get a leader that acts more like Mike Harris then Bill Davis, that will ensure the PC’s remain out of government here for awhile.

[email protected]:40pm – Well, that was quick:

After the result, Tory said he needed time to consider his future. The time he needed turned out to be brief. Three hours later, Tory emerged late Saturday to announce that he had consulted his wife and caucus and had decided to stay on as leader.

So, he opted to stick with this amount of support unlike what Joe Clark did with the same amount of leadership support with the federal PC’s  in 1983. It will be interesting to see if this time, the decision pans out for him, unlike for Joe.

An interesting endorsement of John Tory

When you’re an embattled leader of a party that has some of your grassroots members wanting you removed, I’m not sure whether an endorsement by a major daily that is more or less an ideological opponent of yours is good or bad, but that is what the Toronto Star has done in calling for John Tory to remain Progressive Conservative leader in Ontario:

The party has a better chance of mounting an effective opposition to Premier Dalton McGuinty over the next four years and fighting the Liberals in the next election if it stays near the political centre where most Ontarians’ sensibilities lie. That’s why the party should give Tory […]

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