Provincial Politics

Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Liberals are in dire straits

Anyone who has made a career in politics will tell you that two of the most difficult decisions involve timing: when to get in and when to get out. 

Of the two, the getting-out decision is often the more difficult. 

Canadians saw evidence of that back in the 1960s when John Diefenbaker, a former prime minister, could not bring himself to relinquish the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party. He challenged the party to throw him out, and it did.

Reforming University Education: Why Jeffrey Simpson and others like him are wrong

Below is an op ed that I wrote but which never got published. I sent it to one big Canadian newspaper in the summer and they agreed to publish it. After waiting two months for it to appear in print, I asked permission to send it to another newspaper and the editor agreed. Another major Cdn newspaper agreed to publish it in September and then again sat on it for two months.

So rather than let it die a lonesone and ignoable death, I will publish it here. Enjoy!

What a difference a year makes

Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Queen's Park, Toronto

My Dear Premier:

I am writing to you today in my capacity as a befuddled voter in Ontario. My question is this: What the heck has happened to you and your Liberal government?

You were supposed to be rolling happily down the road to June 14, 2018 — the scheduled date of the next provincial election — but somehow you have lost your way, left the road and driven into a deep ditch from which you may not be able to escape.

Are winds of change blowing in Ontario?

The desire for a change is the political equivalent of a tsunami. If it is strong enough, it levels everything in its path, sweeping out the old and replacing the status quo with whatever strikes voters as new and, above all, different.

Brexit in the United Kingdom, ultra-nationalism in France, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the United States all testify to the immense power of the desire for change – as did the rise of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals from third place to majority government last year.

Beating a dead horse because I get letters!

Ok, you are probably sick of reading about my complaints re: regulation 274.  But I received yet another anonymous letter, this time of a newspaper clipping in which a number of anecdotes are underlined about alleged nepotism in teacher hiring in the past (and hence why we need seniority).