Wynne’s blame game backfires

Her 2014 election attack on the Tories over Walkerton reveals the dangers of too much political rhetoric and an excess of self-righteousness

TORONTO – In politics, as in life, what goes around comes around.

That reality has now come back to haunt Premier Kathleen Wynne.

In the last Ontario election, Wynne made a campaign stop in Walkerton to condemn the previous Tory government of Mike Harris — and by implication, then Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak — for the tainted water tragedy that occurred there in May, 2000.

“There was a failure of oversight, a failure of enforcement,” Wynne said of the scandal that ended in seven people dying and 2,300 falling ill after drinking tainted water.


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