Blizzard: Ont. Liberals get whupped in byelections

Premier Kathleen Wynne at a press conference at the Queens Quay LCBO in Toronto on Wednesday...

Premier Kathleen Wynne at a press conference at the Queens Quay LCBO in Toronto on Wednesday January 15, 2014. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist

, Last Updated: 6:29 AM ET

If politics were an Olympic sport, Andrea Horwath won gold, Tim Hudak and the PCs took silver.

And the Liberals of Premier Kathleen Wynne? Well, they got whupped Thursday night.

And it was butt ugly.

Byelections aren't like bobsled or skiing.

You don't get first prize for going downhill really fast.

And that's just what happened with Wynne and her dreadful bunch of Liberals.

Finally, voters have had the good sense to toss them out.

I'm not sure what message voters sent by choosing Horwath and the NDP.

After all, we could have had an election and got rid of the Liberals by now if Horwath hadn't aided and abetted them.

Horwath actually poured gas on the flames of overspending with her budget blackmail.

Still, the NDP picked up Niagara Falls, which had been held by the Liberals for 10 years until popular longtime MPP Kim Craitor resigned in September.

Electing union activist Wayne Gates, a Niagara Falls councillor, was a great coup for the NDP. They'd poured massive resources into the riding and were backed by forceful union support.

The sad showing for the Liberals is a strong indication of just how poorly they're doing outside Toronto. Their candidate, Joyce Morocco, also a Niagara Falls councillor, came third -- even though they city's mayor, Jim Diodati, caused a furore by endorsing her.


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