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Article written by Boris Bozic on the 16 Oct 2012 in Canada

mcguinty-leaves-liberalOntario, Yours to Discover ….A catchy phrase on all Ontario licensee plates but if the whispers are correct the rest of Canada may discover what Ontario style politics is all about. By now you may have heard that the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, tendered his resignation. According to Daddy Dalton, “After 16 years as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and after nine years as premier, it’s time for renewal. It’s time for the next Liberal premier, it’s time for the next set of Liberal ideas to guide our province forward”.

The resignation comes as a surprise and it’s especially intriguing given the Premiers ability to brush aside scandal after scandal, most recently the ambulance service and he’s also facing a second contempt motion for canceling two gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers. Tax dollars flushed away has never bothered the Teflon Premier before so why now? Can it be because he and his party were responsible for record deficits in Ontario? No, that can’t be it. If you can get re-elected three times promising not to raise taxes and you raise them anyway, what’s to fear?

The answer appears to be nothing. It’s being reported McGuinty is planning to throw his hat into the ring for the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party. The Federal Liberals have been looking for an answer to the well oiled Conservative machine. The Conservatives and Liberals know when it comes to Ontario, also comes a majority government. Justin Trudeau may have celebrity status but is that enough to convince the voters of Ontario? Clearly McGuinty’s inner circle doesn’t believe so.

McGuinty is a savvy and shrewd politician. As much as I think the rest of Canada would reject his record, I thought Ontario voters would see the same light.  You have to tip your hat to him. Not for his record but for his ability to survive and overcoming what most politicians would view as insurmountable odds. His act may be coming to the national stage, and as voters in Ontario have learned, his “ah shucks – golly gee act” can be rather effective.

Until next time,


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