Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday October 28, 2003
Bring on the Broken Promises
Now that power has been officially handed over to the new government, the Liberal backtrack strategy is moving into higher gear.
Mind you, McGuinty himself doesn’t talk about such things any more. At his swearing-in on Thursday, the new premier reinforced his image as an endearing square by talking about Cub Scouts and making lunch for the kids.
But in the background, the usual array of unnamed highly-placed Liberal sources have been busy explaining why McGuinty chose Greg Sorbara as finance minister over Gerry Phillips, the party’s veteran treasury critic and obvious choice for the job.
Phillips, the usual sources say, is too nice. Sorbara, on the other hand, is said to be mean enough to make the kind of tough spending cuts McGuinty wants.
This is an interesting rationale. Those who know Sorbara don’t find him that mean; in fact, he’s quite charming and rather likeable. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)