Fred Eisenberger appeared before the Hamilton Spectator Editorial Board this morning, Tuesday October 7, 2014. He is a candidate running for Mayor in the upcoming municipal election later this month.
By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
As a member of the Editorial Board of the Hamilton Spectator I get the opportunity to sit in on meetings with community organizations and various public personalities. Premier Kathleen Wynne was the latest visitor. I use such opportunities to draw more realistic pencil sketches to varying degrees of success and failure. Ms. Wynne told me her father very much enjoys seeing the different depictions of her and gets a chuckle from cartoons. Our meeting coincided with a letter issued earlier in the day from her office warning PC leader Tim Hudak of a lawsuit over accusations that Ms. Wynne was involved in the recent controversy involving Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff who is alleged to have deleted politically sensitive documents from computer hard drives.
Hockey great, lawyer, one-time federal cabinet minister, past Liberal leadership candidate, and now roving anti-poverty advocating MP Ken Dryden came to the Spectator to speak before the ed board.
I’ve drawn him only once before in an editorial cartoon. I don’t know if my sketch will come in handy for future depictions of the man.
Greg Sorbara, the Province’s Finance Minister, was at the Spec last week to speak to the Ed. Board. (It’s taken me a while to get around posting this.) I like the guy. He’s smart, friendly, funny, and trustworthy. His boss, the Premier, is friendly in person, but when he gets talking his aww shucks attitude and his tendancy to blow off government falterings with statements like “our work has only just begun”, and “we were handed a mess by the previous Tory government”, it gets to be a bit grating. Sorbara gives similar message points, but he seems to be more genuine when reflecting on the challenges of government. If it were my choice Sorbara would be leader of the Liberals and Premier of Ontario — but it’s not the case so the man will continue to be puppet master to Dalton McGuinty.
I haven’t always been kind to Sorbara. Here’s a few of my cartoons over the last 4 years which have included the provincial Finance Minister:
Here Hamilton is shafted as Sorbara caters to the 905 area around Toronto taking advantage of social service pooling.
Here he delivers his second Provincial Budget
Here Sorbara nurses the imposition of the Health Premium in the Liberal’s first Budget.
Here Sorbara and McGuinty are shown doing very little as homeowners get burned on their property assessments.
Here Sorbara and McGuinty are portrayed in a issue combination cartoon, one relating to securing a Shriner sponsored hospital in Ontario, and another
* * * * * Update: October 30, 2007 * * * * *
A new cartoon featuring Greg Sorbara’s sudden decision to sit as a backbencher in the second term of the McGuinty Liberal government: