Twelve per cent. An even dozen.  Again she stands at political death’s door.  The Premier of Canada’s largest province resoundingly rejected by Ontario’s voters.

Angus Reid polling information might ordinarily suggest Kathleen Wynne will perform a dead duck impression, treading water until the Liberal Party decides the free-falling Premier will do nicely as a sacrificial offering to the good burghers of the province.

The death knell for Wynne’s occupancy of the Premier’s Office is her atrociously expensive decision to sell Hydro One shares.  You know what resulted.  Utter chaos as electricity prices increased so punitively, particularly, but not exclusively among rural folks, that many thousands found themselves challenged to pay mortgage or rent, buy food and clothing and keep their homes lit and warm.  Something had to give and when the electricity bill was the one left unpaid, power was cut.  No light. No heat. Flood in the basement and no sump pump working? Well, too bad.

Meanwhile Kathleen Wynne’s focus was elsewhere.  The provincial cap and trade scheme with partners Quebec and California was projected (still is) to help save the planet from global warming and pave the path toward a green economy and hundreds of thousands of exciting new jobs (or so suggested a pamphlet).  Dare to question the Premier and she wagged an accusatory finger while nattering about Ontarians being “really bad actors” as far as greenhouse gas creation is concerned.

Premier Wynne did not restrict her attacks to AGW.  When a newly elected Justin Trudeau federal Liberal government decided in late 2015 to bring up to 50,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by the end of 2016, many nationally questioned how effective security screening of would-be refugees might be.  Premier Wynne, attending an Ottawa conference in the company of Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard played the race card, accusing Canadians for whom vetting Syrians security was not a fait accompli of having racial motivation.

The baggage Wynne may be carrying when the writ is dropped in Ontario would appear insurmountable.  How can any politician overcome a 12% and sliding voter support number?  Under usual circumstance the answer would be it can’t be done.

However, similar professional eulogies were issued heading into the last provincial vote and not only did Wynne score a victory, but she so battered the PCs and the New Democrats the Liberals emerged with a majority government.

Might this particular brand of election-lightning strike again?

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown has been almost invisible and NDP leader Andrea Horwath is performing a credible impression of Mr. Brown.

Premier Wynne is managing to determine the direction of debate in the province.  She lowered hydro bills by re-amortizing and adding hugely to Ontario’s debts, but where were Brown and Horwath to challenge and take advantage of the fact more than 90% of provincial voters have a negative impression of Wynne.

The Liberals should at this moment be casting about for a new leader.  Instead, they have the luxury of some time to watch Brown and Horwath and decide whether Kathleen Wynne may have just enough capital to again push aside what appears to be non-dynamic opposition.

Your view?

Roy Green

Providing a Fresh Perspective for Burlington and Hamilton.

6 Comments to: 12 percent and yet….

  1. Ron Higgins

    April 12th, 2017

    Article was ok related to Wynne and the policy decisions of the Liberals but nothing much new that has not already been reported. No need to add that sentence in about the PC and NDP s it questions the knowledge of the author and the credibility of the article. Patrick Brown has been very vocal and definitely not invisible and disagree with you comment on Horwath

  2. Susan Marit

    April 12th, 2017

    I live in Ontario and have NEVER voted Liberal. I lived through the last Trudeau and the massive debt from that era. If Ontario re-elects Wynne we will be plunged into the dark ages. She has already told us that “”if we have to shut off the lights and put on more sweaters well too bad” so we know exactly where she stands. I find it incredible what a coincidence it is that the announcement from Hydro One that they will seek hydro increases only came out AFTER Wynne announced the “decrease” which is not a decrease. Pretty sure she put a muzzle on them to wait. This is nothing more than a last ditch effort to get re-elected and Ontarians had better wake up or we will all be freezing in the dark.

  3. David C McKay

    April 12th, 2017

    Wynne is like a Cancer to Ontario. She’s Ontario’s worst serial killer, killing business’ as well as Ontario Residents. Her and her Liberal Party aren’t welcome here anymore in the long term. She will be remembered as Infamous in Ontario and Canada.

  4. Andrew

    April 13th, 2017

    I bet the liberal party is freaking out, wishing Wynne would step down so they can avoid ripping the party apart. But she doesn’t care, it’s about her winning her job back, not about what’s right for Ontario. she should recognize this and quit.

  5. Smacky Mohacsy

    April 14th, 2017

    Wynne and her entire party should all be jailed and never let out!!They are all thieves and deserve to be hung publicly!!Never Ever Vote Liberal!!They don’t care about there constituents they care about there own job’s!!The very ones they will all lose!!Next Election!!

  6. Demi

    May 22nd, 2017

    And yet the writ won’t be issued for another year. And yet the most recent polling already shows the Liberals clawing their way back into contention.

    A Forum Research poll released a couple of days ago put the Wynne Liberals at 28% support, up from 19% just three weeks earlier, while support for PC, NDP and Green Party has eroded marginally. Other recent polling is even more dramatic, placing the OLP neck and neck with the PCPO. If that is sustained over the next 10-12 months, the terrain will be very different come the election campaign.

    Majority governments can deliver change in ways that minority governments cannot. Opposition parties tend to form government out of popular discontent and a credible policy platform. If these support trends continue, Brown and Horwath are going to have to place their faith in their ability to craft appealingly policy without having the Liberals co-opting it. This explains the invisibility of Wynne’s opponents: Reluctant to offer their own policy, they are stuck in the pantomime of Question Period indignation, dependent upon Liberal shortcomings to make themselves appear strong by contrast.


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