I cannot say I was surprised by the announcement by Premier McGuinty to resign last night. When I saw the first tweet from Toronto Star Queens Park reporter Robert Benzie just after 6pm I knew the end was only a few minutes away. Nor am I surprised that Queens Park will be prorogued, you see McGuinty doesn’t really want to leave. So now he is gone, but not really…
This move makes it easier for him to stay and work without having to report to anyone. He will not report to the Opposition MPP’s because Queens Park will remain dark until who knows when. McGuinty will not have to report to the voters of Ontario because by the time there is another election he’ll be gone (for real).
The moves last night are merely another way that the Ontario Liberal Party will control the message and the Parliament of Ontario. With QP closed for business the government will no longer be held to task for the Gas Plant closure, ORNGE, eHealth, the deficit and lack of Job Creation plans. For the present time, no longer will the government have to face any consequences for their actions.
Hopes that the Lt-Gov. of Ontario will deny the prorogation are slim. Both the PC Party of Ontario and the Ontario NDP have asked for the legislature to remain sitting to deal with the important issues facing this government and Ontarians. The move made last night was a selfish move on the part of the Ontario Liberal Party to remain in power and continue to control the message and the direction of the government. I am not sure they noticed, but the direction they have been taking Ontario is not the right path for a prosperous Ontario.
In Ottawa Centre and across this province the message will be of a better, growing and healing Ontario under a Tim Hudak PC Government. Whether it comes tomorrow, two months or in 6 months, I and all my PC Party Colleagues will continue to bring to voters the PC Party Paths of Prosperity. So while as long as Dalton McGuinty remains at the helm of Ontario for at least another 5 months Ontario remains at the mercy of the waste of billions of tax dollars that this government has orchestrated.
I am looking forward to continuing to knock on doors in Ottawa Centre and bring a message that “Yes, Ontario can lead again”. Step 1 has been taken by the Premier, Step 2 will come, but not until the Ontario Liberal Party feels they are truly ready to face voters of Ontario.
But alas, Ontario will not truly be ready to be a leader in Canada until McGuinty is REALLY gone as is the Liberal Party of Ontario as the governing party.
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