CFN – I’ve held back scribbling about our new Premier Kathleen Wynne. As many know I had a preference for Gerard Kennedy. I liked Mr. Kennedy’s platform and I personally was not all that happy with the McGuinty government, especially the proroguing of Queen’s Park.
The process to replace him; something co-chaired by Cornwall’s own City Councilor Bernadette Clement was to this scribbler the Liberal party of Ontario’s way of embracing Mr. McGuinty. You can candidates like Sandra Pupatello and Mr. Kennedy that had not been elected MPP’s with Ms Pupatello resigning to almost be an attempt to distance or insulate her in case of victory.
After all this is a minority government and many residents of Ontario are unhappy with some of the unanswered scandals and as noble as some thing Mr. McGuinty was for falling on his own sword after Chris Bentley was whacked by the Hudak led Conservatives there still are far too many unanswered questions involving an awful lot of money.
And money is something the province is scrambling for right now with cuts and extra fees coming out of the shadows.
Ms Wynne’s team just announced their new cabinet and is it surprising to see that Charles Sousa, who in a surprise move at the leadership flipped his support to Ms Wynne from Ms Pupatello become Finance Minister? Eric Hoskins who tossed his support to the new Premier also gets a new gig, Economic Development and Trade Minister, taking over for Brad Diguid.
Even Glen Murray gets to be Transportation and Infrastructure Minister.
Ms Pupatello apparently refused a gig with the government as they wanted her to run in her old riding of Windsor to replace retiring Dwight Duncan. Sounds like there’s still some bad blood. She was quoted in the Globe & Mail as saying:
“I’ve been double crossed before,” said Ms. Pupatello, who had nothing but praise for Ms. Wynne. “It will probably happen again.”
With the immediate embracing and cheering for Dalton McGuinty the night of her victory it seems that this win was not so much a victory for Ms Wynne, but a love fest and affirmative nod to the status quo that was the McGuinty government; that Liberals made a clear choice between what was, and what could be.
Only time will prove out whether Ms Wynne becomes the next Kim Campell or a true leader of the largest Province in this great country of Canada. In the end I don’t think Ms Wynne will be judged for her sexuality as some speculate as much as for her loyalty to a government that fell on its own scandals.
What do you think Ontario? You can post your comments below.