Musings —06.02.2016 08:13 AM—
As of this month, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals – and they are decidedly her Liberals, make no mistake about that – are in the second half of their mandate. When you are in government, this is when everything starts to change (or should).
I am not involved with the Ontario Liberals in any way, shape or form. It’s a new crew, now, and that’s as it should be. Wynne has got herself a truly excellent top staff [cf. Bevan, MacKenzie], and she’s one of those politicians [cf. Messrs. Chretien and Trudeau] who benefits from being consistently underestimated.
The Ontario Tories, meanwhile, have picked themselves a new leader who is attempting to push and pull his party towards the centre of the ideological spectrum, and restore “progressive” to its nomenclature. Patrick Brown took over one of the most successful political parties in Western democracy through hard work and sheer force of will. He’s obviously not someone to be underestimated, either. Equally-smart staff [cf. Solimon, Pappalardo, Hong]. Has the pole position, for now.
The Ontario NDP, finally, have a well-liked leader in Andrea Horwath, and some pretty darn impressive advisors [cf. Ball, Balagus, Nash]. Her party isn’t where it needs to be, however – or where Brown needs them to be.
This guy, at the Star, starts by suggesting Wynne is in trouble, then ends by saying she might not be. Way to go out on a punditry limb, there, big fella.
Anyway. What do you think, O Readers? Who is gonna win in the less-than-two-years that remain? Highly-Scientific Poll™! Vote now, vote often!