Musings —09.17.2011 09:10 AM—
Does it exist? Beats me. There are exceptions to every rule (cf. the Lopinski Theorem). But one thing’s for sure: the “hat trick” call was dumb, dumb, dumb. It started Tea Party Tim on a slide from which he really hasn’t recovered.
In the past, the province’s voters have tended to use Queen’s Park as a counterweight to the federal government, tilting in different and sometimes opposite directions at the provincial and the national levels.
On that score, the advent of a Conservative majority government last May, Mr. Harper’s vocal wish for a Toronto-Queen’s Park-Ottawa right-wing triangle earlier this summer and the fact that Quebec dominates the official opposition in Parliament have all provided Mr. McGuinty with a stronger narrative.