We’ve noticed that since Dalton McGuinty’s announcement, traffic to our blog has picked up quite a bit, since if you Google search “Dalton McGuinty douche” or “McGuinty Ontario Sucks” lo and behold our humble little website pops up since writing about Premier Dad has been one of our favourite things to do since we started up last January.
What can be said that we haven’t said already? He was crap. We could care less if he was a “good” man, a “family” man, if he never lost his temper with staffers, if he was genuine in his beliefs. His beliefs sucked. He was a quintessential statist. McGuinty never came across a problem that he didn’t think couldn’t be solved with yet another law, yet another government bureau. And he never seemed to be able to rebuff all the friends and family of the Ontario Liberals who pulled up the public trough to feed.
Some time when you have time on your hands, Google the names of the top ORNGE executives, and then add their names to a search with “liberal party” attached. We need say no more. The current Liberal Party of Canada president? Before he had that gig he was a “business owner” building wind farms for the Ontario government. Before he did that he worked for McGuinty. Funny how that works. McGuinty brings in the Green Energy Act, then one of his key staff leave to dip into the pot that was just created. We could go on. The media seems to never want to chase these threads.
Anyway McGuinty benefitted from having three pathetic Progressive Conservative leaders in succession.
First you had Ernie Eves who decided to pull the PC’s to the centre and piss away all of the hard work done by the Harris government. Ontario was fatigued with the PC’s after 8 years of Harris, but he might have still won had he painted a convincing vision of where he was going to take Ontario post-Harris. He couldn’t. He deserved to lose because if people are going to vote Liberal-lite, why not just vote for the real thing?
Then you had John Tory. A big lead in the polls going into the election. But then he tripped up on the religious school funding. Really he didn’t make a mistake on that issue, but that’s not the point. What happened is that Tory had so few policy platforms that differed from the Liberals, everyone focused on just the one campaign pledge, and it happened to be the type of pledge that the blue-haired folks who would normally vote PC went “tsk tsk” and there was such a lack of other energizing platforms that the PC vote said “meh”, stayed home and McGuinty got another election majority.
Then this last time, Hudak has a 20 point lead two months before the election and he blows it. We’ve discussed this before. Brutal.
Now he’s leaving. And of course there’s all sorts of accolades being tossed around, and the worst of them all is this notion that he’s being encouraged to run for the federal Liberal leadership. Crap. McGuinty knows he’s about to be taken to the wood shed over all of these scandals, and having “betrayed” the public sector unions. So he’s running away.
Normally, this would be good. Conservatives are usually called in to clean up the messes other governments create; Harris called in to clean up Bob Rae’s mess, Rob Ford called in to clean up David Miller’s mess in Toronto etc. But in this case we have good cause to worry. The Liberals are history, and Hudak is less than inspiring. We may wake up a year from now and have Premier Horvath.
God help us.