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Dalton’s Libs Struggling

March 23rd, 2006

I wonder what’s different about provincial politics. The Federal Liberals run awash in scandal for years, and voters in Ontario keep voting for them. But Provincially, they can run a bland, clean government and hit trouble:

Half of Ontario voters are itching for a change in provincial government less than 2 1/2 years into the McGuinty Liberals’ mandate, a new Leger-Sun Media survey suggests.

The 1,000-person poll conducted last week found that 50% of those telephoned by Leger Marketing want a change at Queen’s Park, while just over one-third (34%) said the Liberals should be re-elected.

Leger vice-president Craig Worden said the numbers appear to be a sign that the Grits have failed to establish an identity, or brand, among voters with 19 months to go before the next general election.

Now this government has the tag Fiberals because they kept so few of their election promises. And dumb policy is not something they are afraid of. But they have been substantially better than the Cretien/Martin cabal in Ottawa, yet Ontario just kept on loving the cabal right to the end.

It has always been thus, Ontario being more conservative provincially than federally. I just don’t pretend to understand it.


  1. Joanne (True Blue)
    March 23rd, 2006 at 10:55 | #1

    Not sure if I agree with you here, Brian, about the Provincial Grits being better than the Feds.

    I think they’re all a pretty sick bunch right now. I’m mad as h**l about the college strike right now, because I have a son who should be graduating this spring. McGuinty doesn’t seem to be doing anything. He doesn’t want to annoy all those union people. My M.P.P. just sent me a form letter of gobbledy-goop saying nothing after I complained. Yadda-yadda-yadda.

    I just don’t understand anyone who votes Liberal.

  2. Brian
    March 23rd, 2006 at 12:43 | #2

    Oh, I didn’t say I like them, or that they are good – they are simply not nearly as bad, not nearly as mired in scandal as the feds were, yet they seem to be paying a political price that the federal Libs wouldn’t.

    And, in some fairness to them, it is a reasonably scandal free government (no government is completely scandal free). Perhaps more scandal and people wouldn’t notice there rotten policies.

    But it should be pointed out, this province looks to be in real trouble. Jobs, good jobs, are fleeing. And they aren’t being replaced. Our young workers are starting to head out west to look for work, that is never a good sign.

    Question though. Is John Tory the man to fix it? I have real doubts about him.

  3. Joanne (True Blue)
    March 23rd, 2006 at 15:57 | #3

    Yeah, I hear you Brian. I got a call the other day asking if I would support Tory, and I just couldn’t say the words..

    He is Liberal Lite if I ever saw it. There is nobody I could cheer for right now, but J.T. is the least of all evils. Just no more Dalton, please!! I have a bad feeling that when this is all over, we are going to see our economy so bad that Bob Rae’s going to start looking good again!

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