10.07.2011 09:33 AM

Your Ontario media summary

Media summary: Red short leash, blue blew big lead, orange she’s no Jack Layton.

Now go back to your families and happy Thanksgiving.

23 Comments

  1. Michael S says:

    Hell of a nice weekend to be at the cottage.

  2. Raymond M. says:

    You forgot “and Benedict Baldy lost”. 😉

  3. Jan says:

    As a B.C.’er I want to thank you from saving the country from a Hudak government. I can only imagine what havoc he and Harper could cause in things like the Health Accord.

  4. Cliff says:

    Proof of one of your maxims, WK: campaigns matter.

    McGuinty salvaged a near-majority due to a terrible campaign by Hudak and the PCs and a disciplined, focused, well-run Liberal effort.

    Congratulations on your achievement. Now it’s time to make nice with the Dippers.

  5. Ted says:

    Read elsewhere on FaceBook: “It’s a shame Rocco Rossi didn’t win his seat last night. The two faced self-centered egotistical politician would have certainly crossed the floor this morning for a cabinet post.”

  6. Malcolm Barry says:

    Good luck to the McGuinty Govt. Harper et al did not help the tories on the Island or Ontario and serves him right.

  7. W.B. says:

    Is there any speculation on whether an opposition member or more might come on over?
    Not just from NDP, but any red tories who will not be able to stand Hudak, Hillier, and new guy from out there running the so called PC Party? Any more conservative extremist “tea party’ types elected? Any red tories left?

  8. MCBellecourt says:

    Ditto from this BCer. Thanks to WK and all the hard-working volunteers and candidates.

  9. Malcolm Jolley says:

    Assuming the Speaker is a Tory or NDPer, then isn’t the government much closer than “near” to a majority? An effective majority?

    And Rocco who?

  10. Tim says:

    I’m just going to respectfully suggest Hudak didn’t lose because he ran a “bad campaign”. it’s cuz he was dead wrong on all this issues.

    • Jon Adams says:

      Fair play, but even politicians who are dead wrong on everything end up being elected, sometimes to awesome majorities. I leave naming names as an exercise to the reader because opening that can of worms would take us severely off-topic.

  11. Derek Pearce says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but did Hudak ignore custom and NOT congratulate McGuinty during his concession speech? I thought was pretty sore-loser-ish of him.

    • Patrick says:

      I think he said that he had called Dalton to congratulate him, but I don’t think he actually had any compliments for Dalton in the speech. I thought there was a real contrast with the way he praised Horwath. On in all, I thought Hudak’s speech was a bit harsh. It sounded like he was still on the campaign trail.

    • Bil Huk says:

      No, he mentioned in his speech that he called Mr. McGuinty and congratulated him on his victory.

  12. Bil Huk says:

    First, while McGuinty didn’t earn my vote, i congratulate him on his win. Hopefully he doesn’t take this mandate to mean he’s done a great job and he just needs to stay the course.

    also, let’s point out that this is a ‘legitimate’ win on McGuinty’s part. I read PAGES AND PAGES on this site about how Harper’s win federally was essentially illegitimate because he won 40% of 60% of the voting public’s support.

    McGuinty’s ratio is even lower and only a single seat from the same majority.

    here’s to hoping for 4 years better than the 8 we’ve seen.

    well fought campaign Liberals. have a great thanksgiving.

    • Ted says:

      I have never read anywhere, including here, that Harper’s win was illigetimate because it was weak. I’ve only had people note it in saying his mandate is not as strong as a majority would imply and also to show that a majority doesn’t mean Canadians like Harper any more than they did before. He is decidedly unliked in fact and remains so, but he does have the power.

      McGuinty’s win is similarly legitimate. That’s not the issue. But what is his mandate? And how strong is it.

      Harper makes a mistake to think he’s loved and supported just because he eked out a majority with the lowest level of support in our entire history. It doesn’t take much for the country to irretreivably turn that fraction further and throw him out in 4 years.

      Likewise, McGuinty makes a mistake to think he’s loved and supported when not only did he drop significantly, not only did Hudak actually pull in only 2% fewer votes, but with so few voting, he doesn’t have the support of many and that can turn quickly too. And he’s obviously more vulnerable.

      So my advice to both but especially McGuinty would be: the work has only just begun.

    • Dan says:

      The voting system is still broken.

  13. Andrew says:

    Just this makes up for the major loss the Liberals experienced on the Federal level.

  14. Brian says:

    Summary: finally I can stop by and read Kinsella’s blog again without gagging. 😉

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