Tuesday, January 29, 2013

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wynne’s real ‘conversation’ comes at polls

Sun Media political reporter Jonathan Jenkins said it best in a tweet from the weekend Ontario Liberal leadership convention: “Prepare to have a lot of ‘conversations’. It’s one of @Kathleen_Wynne’s favourite words.”

We could be wrong, but politicians who like to have ‘conversations,’ and who go on about the “issues around” things, often tend to be those who avoid blunt realities.

Kathleen Wynne had barely taken the baton from Dalton McGuinty, becoming Ontario’s first handoff premier in a decade, before she filled voters in on ‘conversations’ she’d like to have.

For example, she wants to disabuse anyone of the notion she can’t be leader for all Ontarians hailing from Toronto, a rarity in the premier’s office. Fair enough. She also wants to quickly call the legislature back to work, by Feb. 19.

So far, so good. It was the Liberals, after all, who pulled the plug on the assembly for their hurry-up changing of the guard. And, then, the eyebrow-raiser — Wynne says Ontarians don’t want an election and she intends to make the minority Liberal government work.

Given a choice, most voters are prepared to cut new leaders a brief honeymoon. But Wynne’s elevation to premier was no marriage sealed by the electorate. Ordinary voters didn’t choose her — her party did. And handoff premiers in Ontario tend not to fare well when voters are left out of the arrangements. The only other two in the last 28 years, Ernie Eves and Frank Miller, went down like flaming sambuca.

How long Wynne gets to stick around without a mandate from Ontarians, well, that’s a ‘conversation’ voters will take up with her. (Source: Brantford Expositor) http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/01/29/wynnes-real-conversation-comes-at-polls