Look for a new cartoon on June 23.
Despite being hounded on both sides by rivals who harped on Liberal government scandals during the longer-than-normal campaign, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has steered her party to a majority and a commanding electoral victory, based largely on major gains in the Toronto area, while PC Leader Tim Hudak declared he is resigning.
With all ridings reporting, Liberals were elected or leading in 58 constituencies to 27 for the Progressive Conservatives and 22 for the NDP.
The strong Liberal showing had its roots in the Greater Toronto Area, where eight seats are changing hands — seven of those going to the Liberals. Overall, the results mean the Liberals will be even more concentrated in the GTA.
The Liberals also picked up seats from the Tories in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Barrie andNorthumberland, while they only lost two: Sudbury and Windsor West.
The outcome was also slightly rosier for the NDP under Leader AndreaHorwath, who was the first of the major party leaders to be declared elected in their home riding tonight. The NDP vote share was at 24.1 per cent, up 1.4 points from the 2011 campaign. (Source: CBC News)
Added at 9pm on election night…
Because the polls close at 9pm it’s always a major race for newspapers to report the results and get great coverage in an extremely short span of time. Consider that the presses start running at midnight giving reporters, columnists, copy editors, photographers, and of course, editorial cartoonists a very small window of time to the news out. A great deal of planning goes into this evening, and it often entails late nights, frenzied phone calls, and many curve balls. Polls have played an important part to media as they use them as a guide to determine how this night will turn out.
But not this night.
The polls are showing us that the gaps between all the 3 main parties are incredibly close. So close, that it is very difficult to figure out how the popular vote will translate into a seat count. Well we’ll know soon enough.
Never before have I found myself drawing 5 different cartoons for one election.
The most generic one is one that illustrates the status quo return to Liberal government.
The next likely one is a PC minority.
The chances of the NDP winning a minority is slim in my mind.
Even unlikelier is the chance I think we’ll see a majority government of any party. But here’s the one I drew in case the PC’s win:
Here’s my favourite cartoon. The Liberal Majority cartoon which I’m guessing will be the least likely scenario. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking.
What I didn’t draw is a cartoon in the event Andrea Horwath is crowned Ontario’s new Premier tonight. That just can’t happen on election night. Unfortunately, crazy things do happen on election night. Let’s see what happens.
TWO DECADES of DRAWING ONTARIO ELECTIONS
LETTERS to the EDITOR
Paul T. Murphy, Grimsby, Jun 17, 2014 (Source)
With respect to the letter on June 16regarding the “Malwynnecent” cartoon in the June 13 Spec, I found the cartoon hilarious, provocative, clever, and right on point. Isn’t that what an editorial cartoon is supposed to be? Further, the letter writer clearly didn’t see the movie or he would have understood that Maleficent was ultimately a good fairy who had been betrayed, and ultimately protected and nurtured Princess Aurora. Hardly an attack on the premier.
Howard Eisenberg, Hamilton, Jun 18, 2014 (Source)
This cartoon was posted to National Newswatch.
— Hamilton Spectator (@TheSpec) June 13, 2014
By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday June 12, 2014
According to the CHML report, he says members of the public have asked him to stay and there are a number of projects he has been working on that are almost complete and he wants to see through.
The Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel has previously reported that philanthropist Charles Juravinski and businessman Ron Foxcroft are lobbying police board members to let De Caire say on.
De Caire has refused to comment to the Spectator or explain why he told the board last September he didn’t want another term after his five-year contract expires Dec. 31, 2014. The divided board accepted his resignation in a 4-3 vote last December.
The board has already hired a headhunting firm to find a new chief, a contract with a $80,000 price tag. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)
Ontario voters fed up with the offerings of the mainstream political parties may feel sorely tempted to vote for none of the above come election day — and one party is well placed to capitalize on the sentiment.
Registered for the June 12th election is the None of the Above Party of Ontario — or NOTA — whose main plank is to press for elected politicians not bound by party control along with recall and term limits.
“Almost nobody knows we even exist and as soon as people do, they’re sending emails for lawn signs,” said leader Greg Vezina, a founding candidate for the federal Green party in 1983.
“I’ve only got candidates in eight ridings but I’ve got requests for lawn signs from Thunder Bay to Ottawa.”
Half of voters don’t bother to cast ballots while the other half want something different, said Vezina, who is running west of Toronto.
If voters find him NOTA good choice, they do have plenty of other options among the 20 registered parties.
They include Canadians Choice, Family Coalition and the Ontario Moderate party, along with John Turmel’s Pauper Party of Ontario.
For Turmel, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for running and losing in more elections than anyone else, this will be the 80th election in which he’s been a candidate.
“This is my third hat trick,” Turmel said proudly.
“Back in ’80 and ’82, I managed to pull off running in federal, municipal and provincial elections simultaneously.”
If elected premier, Turmel said, his first act would be to decommission nuclear power stations, which he calls the “biggest threat to all our lives.”
Besides adding some spice or even frivolity to the serious business of democracy, fringe parties, which collectively picked up about 54,000 votes in 2011, often press issues the main parties aren’t discussing.
For example, the Equal Parenting Party’s two candidates are adamant changes are needed to reform family law, which they say tends to favour mothers over fathers.
“If you want to divorce and you have children, it will be a 50-50 deal as far as time spent with, and money spent on children goes,” the party says on its website.
“This forces a mother to bargain and gives a father something to bargain with.”
Another party fishing for votes is the Vegan Environmental Party, which bills itself as “the voice for animal rights” with a platform focused on animals, the environment and social justice. (Source: CTV News)
By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday, June 10, 2014
With some Hamilton Liberal candidates dissenting on the idea of a light rail transit (LRT) line for the city, Premier Kathleen Wynne says it makes it more important for the province to hear from the city on its transportation priorities.
“As these decisions are made, the provincial government must partner with municipal government and make sure the priorities of communities are heard and that the investments are made in the best way possible,” she said Saturday morning during a campaign stop in Waterdown.
“I know that there has been a lot of conversation about the LRT.”
Wynne’s campaign bus paid a visit to the Waterdown Farmer’s Market and then Liberal candidate Ted McMeekin’s campaign office in a mall in Waterdown. McMeekin, who has been in the legislature since 2000, is seeking re-election in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and faces a tough fight from Progressive Conservative candidate Donna Skelly.
In the afternoon, she visited the Hamilton Mountain campaign office of Liberal candidate Javid Mirza. About 100 people, including other candidates, attended what was billed as the ‘Rally in the Alley’ to hear the pep talk from Wynne. They believe Mirza could take Hamilton Mountain from New Democrat Monique Taylor.
“It’s a very tight election,” the premier told the gathering. “We’ve got to make sure we connect with everybody.”
City council is on record supporting an east-west LRT – from McMaster University to Eastgate Square – providing the $800-million cost is covered by the province. LRT for Hamilton is suggested in Phase 2 of Metrolinx’s The Big Move, but there is no timeframe. Meanwhile, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Liberal candidate Ivan Luksic and Hamilton Mountain Liberal candidate Javid Mirza don’t support LRT and say citizens tell them there are more pressing transportation needs. The premier recently said her government would support funding “rapid transit” in Hamilton, which would include buses.
The premier touted her party’s pledge to bring all-day GO service to Hamilton at the new James Street North station. A GO station is also proposed at the CN mainline and Centennial Parkway. GO has also looked at extending its service into Niagara.
“Every time I come to Hamilton region I hear about the desperate need for that,” the premier told reporters and about 50 people squeezed into the campaign office. “That has become a very high priority for us.”
There is talk CN is not too excited about having more commuter trains run along its mainline from the New York State border, but the premier said her government will find a way “to work with our partners to ensure we get full day, all-day GO service. It’s too important for the region not to do it. That’s a priority we are focused on.”
The Progressive Conservatives do not support a Hamilton LRT, saying the province cannot afford it, but the NDP have it in their campaign platform. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)