Leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne stands with her camp after the second ballot, with support from candidates who withdrew from the race Eric Hoskins, left, Charles Sousa, second from the right, and Gerard Kennedy, right, at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention on Saturday. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
Now that the Liberals have a new leader, and Ontario has a new premier, the reality is this.
While we congratulate Kathleen Wynne, the first female premier in Ontario’s history, on her victory, nothing has really changed.
Ontario’s finances are in a mess, courtesy of the reckless tax-and-spend policies of outgoing premier Dalton McGuinty.
The Liberal brand has been irreparably damaged by the wave of scandals that forced McGuinty to shut down the Legislature while his party chose his replacement.
Everyone knows the real reason for proroguing the house wasn’t, as McGuinty insisted, to allow a “cooling-off” period so the government could negotiate a settlement with the teacher unions over Bill 115.
It was so the Liberals could avoid the daily pounding they were taking in Question Period on wasting hundreds of millions of tax dollars by playing musical chairs with gas-fired electricity plants.