How Kathleen Wynne has Ontario going backwards

The morning after winning her majority, well-pressed and alert despite the previous night’s merriment, Kathleen Wynne stood before her caucus and spoke glowingly of the path ahead. Her speech was standard post-victory fare—the honour of election, the burden of responsibility. But at its fulcrum lay a phrase of the sort seldom heard in two decades of Ontario politics: this Liberal government, the premier said, would govern from the “activist centre”—a place on the political spectrum which, though undefined, she declared to be the locus of her new mandate.

In the ensuing months, Ontarians would get a sense of what she was talking about.

h/t Waffle

  • Waffle

    Know thine enemy:

    “But it’s also true that young voters in particular seem to be shedding hang-ups about state spending on the economy that have prevailed since the mid-1980s. In another Angus Reid survey taken in January, 43 per cent in the 18-to-34 age bracket said the federal government should promote jobs and economic growth through deficit spending.”

    Sorry, but you’ll have to read the whole piece to get to this gem. All in all, quite an accomplishment for Maclean’s!!! It’s a fascinating read when you consider the whole horror show.

    • Reader

      I hope that what the Liberals and NDP have sometimes flown as a trial balloon, giving the vote to 16 year-old’s, never happens.

  • ontario john

    Well, as long as Toronto gets what it wants, and we have great homosexual parades, that’s all that matters.

  • tom_billesley

    “activist centre”: a safe space for politicians, untramelled by reality, and off-limits to their electorate.

  • mauser 98

    Boob Rae admitted he screwed up.. you can’t spend your way out of a recession

    “43 per cent in the
    18-to-34 age bracket said the federal government should promote jobs and
    economic growth through deficit spending”

    …natch ..when your that young you don’t care about debt…been there

  • Alain

    Looking at that photo made me realise that as a kid I saw much better freak side shows when the circus came to town.

    • Will Quest

      I bet the ‘pretty’ one in the photo gets assaulted by strap-on dildos !!!!!