TORONTO - To appear hip, I guess, Premier Kathleen Wynne offered to answer anything Tuesday — even “tough” questions — on the interactive website Reddit.
It was the first anniversary of her rise to power and Ontario’s first lesbian premier decided to even throw caution to the wind by mentioning in her introduction to Redditors that she’s lived with her “partner” Jane (Rounthwaite) in north Toronto for 25 years.
I knew then and there the talk about answering anything was just that — talk — considering she married Ms. Rounthwaite in 2005 and still can’t bring herself to call her a wife.
After living in the closet for 20 years, I am prepared to shout from the rooftops that the woman I married in a traditional Jewish ceremony in 2009 is my wife.
But then I’m not trying to buy votes.
Even though it is reportedly their preference to call each other a partner, not wife, I am thrilled that we have our first openly gay premier.
That’s about where my positive feelings about Ms. Wynne begin and end.
Whether she has actually spent her first year distancing herself in a positive way from the sad legacy of her predecessor Dalton McGuinty and doing the right thing to tackle Ontario’s faltering economy is another story.
The fact that she can yap constantly about being open, transparent and accessible — even striking a panel to create a more transparent government — and deliberately ignore the slightest controversial question on Reddit while spewing highly stage-managed answers, proves her talk is very cheap indeed.
But what the Reddit chat did prove is that far more people than Wynne and her lacklustre team care to admit get it that public sector wages are out of control, that residents are being hit with staggering hydro rate hikes, that Ontario is deeply in debt, that new transit taxes and an Ontario pension plan would hurt growth in the economy and that like the gas plants fiasco, the Pan Am Games are going to be another Liberal boondoggle.
Ontarians are tired of hearing Ms. Wynne say she’s concerned and feels their pain.