CFN – Avonmore Ontario was visited by 5+ 1 of the Ontario Liberal leadership candidates for what was called a Rural Round Table.
Front runner Sandra Pupatello
Charles Sousa, Glen Murray, Ms Pupatello, Dr. Eric Hoskins, and Gerard Kennedy all made an impression on the crowd. Kathleen Wynne was late due to weather, but also spoke at the end of the event.
What was most interesting was Gerard Kennedy’s speech which seemed to grasp the difficulties the Liberals will be facing once they stop proroguing the government and face the public and opposition parties over Liberal scandals that triggered Premier McGuinty to essentially “Fall on his Own Sword” and resign.
Ms Pupatello also hit on an interesting note about not just choosing a leader, but who that leader will be running against in the upcoming Provincial election.
Right now you have the unelectable Tim Hudak and Andrea Horvath of the NDP. If Ms Pupatello is the next Premier of Ontario she and Ms Horvath would make for some interesting
mud wrestling debates which could possibly allow the Hudak led PC’s to do better than they poll now.
Having a Gerard Kennedy, her predecessor in the Education portfolio, with his very different political message would be a very interesting choice. With his social background working for food banks he’d certainly counter some of the NDP type middle of the road voters with no major possible gains for Mr. Hudak and his lack of respect for freedom of the Press.
In all there were some very fine and giving people at the table sharing their concerns for the future of our Province and one of these folks we know will be our next Premier.
Former SD&G Liberal candidate Mark A MacDonald came out swinging stating that current MPP, Jim McDonell has done nothing and that voters surely comparing to the good work done by retired MPP Jim Brownell would reconsider next election.
He’s done NOTHING. Jim Brownell has done so much and Jim McDonell has done so little.
What do you think my fellow Ontarians? You can post your comments below.