I was sitting down at the pier early this morning having a tea. Strangely enough the sun did actually rise again. I was up late last night watching the provincial election coverage, not sure why, it was a done deal from about 9.20pm onwards. I think I was hoping to hear something from Kathleen Wynne that would give me a shred of hope that the fiscal future of this province was after all in safe hands. But alas not, she stated quite clearly the financial insanity will continue. None of that “Campaign from the left and govern from the center nonsense with Kathleen”. I don’t think even she was expecting the complete and utter collapse of the conservative brand.
Locally, it was a good night for Jim Wilson which as usual will leave us out in the cold on provincial largesse. I assume by the local result that at least a few of you are similar to me, being that you are fiscal conservatives. I believe on a provincial basis it is time for conservative minded people to have a period of introspection. The agenda has now been beaten in the polls on three occasions when the right leader with the right message should have beaten the Liberals quite handily all three times. If you think back to 2011 provincial election it was quite obvious Tim Hudak was unelectable then, so why was a leadership review not implemented immediately after that election, whether he wanted to step down or not? That election he was Dalton McGuinty – wishy-washy with no plan. This election – more to the right of Mike Harris and again with no plan.
Most Ontarians are centrist and fiscally responsible in their politics. I believe a lot of people that voted for Kathleen Wynne have no idea what they voted for yesterday. Hudac failed to ask the relevant questions. Plus with the firing of 100,000 provincial employees and create a million jobs nonsense, took the fight away from the Liberals and focused all the attention onto himself, and his own inept leadership. I even had a bit of a problem voting for him for God sakes. I sat at the table with pencil in hand and seriously contemplated voting Green.
Things to watch for in the next month or so: A downgrade in Ontario’s credit rating. A very quiet end to the gas plant scandal. An increase in deficit projections. A roll out on when the budget will be balanced.
Moving forward my mantra will be if you can’t beat them join them, so I will be looking at my own ways of benefiting from this latest turn of events, in the provinces political future. No one else seems to be worried about it, so why not just jump in the pool and enjoy the party. When the party is finally over I have proved in the past that I can up sticks and move to a different more financially friendly jurisdiction, this time will be no different.
Now where is that map of Alberta…….