"Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive."
- Sir Walter Scott
It's the Big Stink.
No scandal has gripped Queen's Park for as long.
No fiasco has been as big.
Sure, there have been $1-billion boondoggles before, but none has been as blatantly political and partisan in nature as the scandal surrounding the decision to scrap two electricity generating plants.
It started out simply enough.
Toronto's booming western suburbs needed more electricity.
The answer? Build two new gas-fired generating plants in the southwestern GTA.
Problem solved - or so it seemed.
In fact, that decision to build the two plants in Oakville and Mississauga sparked a chain of events that forced former premier Dalton McGuinty to quit and shut down the Legislature. It triggered a leadership vote within his party that brought Kathleen Wynne into the premier's office.
Both plants were scrapped when residents turned up the political heat.