COMMENT OF THE DAY: I dunno guy, but I don’t think they had halter tops in the 12th century…

From: http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/06/07/dress_code_in_kathleen_wynnes_office_forbids_miniskirts_halter_tops.html

The Toronto Star is reporting that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued a summer dress code to her office which is more or less identical to the dress code at every other office in the city—except for the Toronto Star, apparently.  Still, you knew it wouldn’t be long before someone invoked the ere of Henry I in the comments section:

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Now, I might be going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing you can’t dress like a cowboy movie in Kathleen Wynne’s office, either.

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Meet the new boss, same minority government as the old boss…

Although she’s yet to officially be sworn in as the 25th premier of Ontario, yesterday Kathleen Wynne “received the official nod to form government” (as per The Globe and Mail).  Once she dots the ceremonial i’s and crosses the official t’s, she’ll become, in one fell swoop, both the first female premier and the first homosexual premier in Ontario’s history.  Somewhere, George Smitherman just threw a hissy fit…

Of course, while she’s yet to assume official duties, the Toronto Star is already praising Wynne (surprise, surprise) with an editorial entitled “Unlike Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Ontario’s future premier Kathleen Wynne is an adult.”  Could we expect any less from the newspaper whose secret slogan is “Rob Ford sucks more that a great big bag of blow jobs!”?  Of course, The Star are known Liberal supporters, too.  You could put a red tie on Bob Rae, and they’d be suddenly singing his praises.  Erm, case in point.

For a province with a recent history of putting up with its leaders past the breaking point, then promptly turfing them out of office (see Rae, Bob; Harris, Mike), the appointment of Wynne to the premiership smacks of an Alberta coronation.  Of course, in Canada’s economic engine, power changes hands through a PC leadership race, not a provincial election–and that’s exactly what happened here, only on the centre-left instead of the centre-right.  (Keep in mind Alberta also has a Regressive Conservative Party, aka Wildrose.)  I suppose it’s our punishment for not voting out McGuinty when we had the chance.  Instead, he gets to bow out, semi-gracefully, although his eventual obituary in the Toronto Sun will probably still spell his last name as McQuitty, heh heh.

Not that the official opposition parties offer much of an alternative, mind you.  Tim Hudak’s stump speeches are starting to sound like a beer vendor at the Rogers Centre, while any public appearances I’ve seen from Andrea Horwath make me think that her PR team really wants her to be Jack Layton.  Even in some zany alternate universe where the two sides join forces, the NDPC party might not unseat the Liberals.  Mind you, they would currently have one more seat in Queen’s Park under such an improbable scenario…

So, does this mean that the Libs are now Onatrio’s Natural Governing Party?  Well, perhaps until an inquiry is called into those cancelled power plants, that is.  One need look no further than Quebec, where Jean Charest’s nine-year reign come to a crashing halt after bringing in the Charbonneau Commission–although the student strike certainly played a factor as well.  But if Charest fell on his sword, losing his seat a la Ignatieff, McGuinty’s leap landed on a limp pool noodle.  But hey, it wasn’t even the first time an unpopular Ontario premier left someone else to clean up his mess.  As you may recall, Mike Harris didn’t finish out his last term, either.  (Ernie Eves?  He got beat in the next election like a rented boy at Boy George’s house–by McGuinty, no less!)

Then again, if we return to the McGuinty-Charest parallel, the next election would see the Liberals narrowly lose power… to a separatist entity.  Rathnelly Republican Party 2015!!!!

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Good thing I shop at The Beer Store…

From: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1308767–lcbo-to-open-wine-liquor-stores-in-some-supermarkets

The Ontario government announced today that you’ll finally be able to buy booze in grocery stores.  Well, maybe.  The official word is that 10 LCBO “express stores” will be opened, primarily in rural areas.  And here’s the kicker: you’ll still hafta pay for your booze and your groceries separately.  Hardly seems worth the hassle, if you ask me.  Then again, there are people so hellbent on avoiding the LCBO that they’ll drive all the way to Buffalo to buy booze.  Case in point:

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On that note, the LCBO closes for New Year’s at 6 pm today, and will remain closed all day tomorrow.  Better grab a fresh towel… ;)

Party at Queen’s Park—Tim Hudak’s bringing the (privatized) booze!

The Ontario legislature may be prorogued until Dalton McGuinty’s replacement is appointed, but that hasn’t stopped Tory leader Tim Hudak from making policy proposals, which don’t necessarily reflect the views of his party, mind you.  The latest?  Put booze in convenience stores—and sell off the LCBO while we’re at it.

“You could drive out of this province in any direction you wanted to go to, and you’d find more choice and more competition in privately run stores,” he said, according to the National Post.  Amen, brother.  When you can’t buy Old Style Pilsner anywhere in Ontario, you’ve virtually eliminated any possibility of Fubar III being shot in this province.  (Although, to be honest, that would be kinda weird if it was…)

And while he may lead a party that courts upper-income voters, Timmy Hu can still savour the taste of cheap beer.  As he told reporters last winter, “There are many folks, and myself included, who look forward to the $24 two-four on the May 24 weekend, that is now something in the past.”  But, as the CBC noted at the time, “Hudak would not commit to making cheaper beer part of the Tories’ platform in the provincial election set for Oct. 6.”  Here’s hoping this latest announcement signifies a change of policy for the next election… Beer & Spirits 2013!

FRENCH WORD OF THE DAY: Démissionnaire

Démissionnaire: Someone who has renounced their functions and/or resigned from their position.

As seen in: « Les libéraux de l’Ontario choisiront la personne qui succédera au premier ministre démissionnaire Dalton McGuinty à la fin janvier. »

(Translation: “The Ontario Liberals will choose the person who’ll succeed resigned premier Dalton McGuinty at the end of January.”)

http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2012/10/20121021-230026.html

DOWN GOES DALTON!!! DOWN GOES DALTON!!!!

What do Jean Charest and Dalton McGuinty have in common?  Well, for starters, neither is the leader of the Liberal Party anymore.  Charest at least did the (semi-)honourable thing, setting up a commission into the corruption, erm, construction industry, then calling an election whereby he lost his seat in the National Assembly while his party was narrowly forced out of power.  The fact that a handful of his cabinet ministers also chose to resign or not to contest this past election, well, anyone who’s been following the Charbonneau commission closely can start to see why…

But on the other hand, there was no indication that McGuinty would be stepping down when Ontarians went to the polls a little over a year ago.  Sure, many were hoping that he’d lose his grip on power and be forced to resign, but without any credible opposition (even some Toronto Sun readers wouldn’t vote for “Two-Faced Timmy” Hudak), he was only reduced to a minority government–and by one seat at that.  Thus, rather than an honourable discharge, this looks more like Premier Dad took his newly-banned hard ball and went home.  Say what you want about Stephen Harper (I don’t particularly like the guy, either), but he reigned over several successive minorities before finally obtaining his “strong, stable, national Conservative majority government.” *vomit*  McGuinty was swept into power with consecutive majority governments, and when he was finally faced with a situation where he actually had to compromise and work with the opposition, he called it quits after a year.

“And you play only when you control it…” goes the old Edwin song.  The next line?  “And you lie!”  Dalton might not have been the first dishonest politician in the province’s history, but he’s certainly gone a long way in contributing the cynicism and contempt I harbour towards provincial politics.  It never seemed to matter whether his campaign platform was even feasible; you kinda got the feeling that he wouldn’t deliver on half his policies anyways.  Or at least a bitter, jaded, never-voted-Liberal elector like me did.  If McGuinty was to put out an edgy alt-rock album, he could call it Liberal Promises.  What with the CanCon regs, he’d be bound to get at least a little airplay…

Sometime around the last election, I tried to sit down and think of Liberal policies that I could actually, truly thank McGuinty for.  The only one I could come up with?  Making Family Day an official provincial holiday in February.  Nevermind that we always took that day off in Alberta long before I came out here–heck, with the PD Days the teachers would take around that time, it usually turned into a five-day weekend!  Alas, most of Premier Dad’s notable achievements, it seems, were centred on children and education.

Now, I don’t have kids, and I didn’t go to school here–except for my post-secondary education, where I benefited *snicker* from some of the highest tuition fees in the country.  I ended up with a degree that hasn’t gotten me nearly as far in my career as overall intelligence, competence, and simply having the skills to pay the bills (being bilingual helps).  And long before the carrés rouges were marching in the streets of Montreal, a large number of Ontario students descended upon Queen’s Park to protest our much-higher tuition fees.  Whole lotta good that did–they’ve reportedly increased by a couple grand a year since I’ve graduated.  Thanks (for nothing), (Premier) Dad!

Of course, McGuinty’s early exit has led to a fair bit of speculation that he’s in the running for the federal Liberal leadership.  After all, the Grits need a credible candidate to prop up Justin Trudeau and his Legion of Zombies.  But if they think they’ll win back Ontario with Dalton on deck, well, they’re sadly mistaken.  He might be a shoe-in for Minister of Broken Promises, but such an ignominious exit from provincial politics makes for one faulty springboard to the PMO.  (Remember the viral video of that gymnast slamming face-first into a pommel horse?  Yeah, that’s kinda how I see it…)  It’s not every day that I agree with the National Post, but their Michael Den Tandt said it best in a piece entitled Nothing could kill the federal Liberals faster than picking McGuinty as leader: “Dalton McGuinty? Really? They may as well drive bamboo shoots under their fingernails and poke sharpened sticks in their eyes. McGuinty as leader would take the federal party off life support — and flatline it.”

After all, you don’t see Jean Charest running for the federal Liberal leadership, do you?

COMMENT OF THE DAY: If the Toronto Sun had its way, October 15th would become a provincial holiday!

From: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/15/dalton-mcguinty-stepping-down-as-liberal-leader

Dalton McGuinty shocked the province when he announced his surprise resignation as Ontario Premier last night, in the midst of political scandal and unpopular belt-tightening policies.  On the Toronto Sun’s comments section, where Premier Dad is about as well-liked as an abusive stepfather, there was certainly cause for celebration—a whopping 737 comments’ worth!  Here are just a few remarks from the McQuitty Day revelers:

(Wait, did that guy seriously suggest Rob Ford as the next Premier of Ontario!?  Yikes…)

COMMENT OF THE DAY: How do you say Premier Dad in German?

From: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/12/apology-demanded-for-tory-mpp-mcdonell-comparing-mcgunity-government-to-nazi-regime

Suffice to say, Toronto Sun readers don’t really like Dalton McGuinty.  In another recent Sun story on the provincial deficit, one foaming fellow referred to him exclusively as “Dim bulb Dumbcunt” and “Dalton the douche.”  And then there’s this:

Gee, kinda makes MPP Jim McDonell’s original statement seem rather tame by comparison, eh?

COMMENT OF THE DAY: No Peace (Bridge) for Tim Hudak…

From: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/07/hudak-blames-tsunami-of-union-bosses-for-byelection-loss

Although the Ontario byelections last night might not have been as noteworthy as the Quebec general election on Tuesday, I must say I did see a few online ad-banners asking me to vote Liberal—despite the fact that I don’t live in Vaughan or Kitchener.  Okay, it might not be as big of a campaign fail as putting a picture of a foreign politician in the paper instead of your opponent, but it wasn’t very targeted advertising, either.

Speaking of campaign fails, the Libs failed to boost their government up to majority status due to a surprise NDP victory in the traditionally PC riding of Kitchener-Waterloo.  But they did take Vaughan, leaving Tim Hudak and co out in the cold.  It seems the weather really conspired against Hudak too, as he blamed a “tsunami of union bosses” for swinging the riding to the left.  I guess he’d better stay inside this evening, cuz the forecast is calling for heavy showers of unionized teachers and autoworkers.

Apparently, the Peace Bridge bit is actually true.  Hudak was born in Fort Erie, and his Wikipedia page says he worked on the border from ’88 to ’93.  But wait, isn’t the Peace Bridge unionized?  Yup, Teamsters 879, baby!  Methinks the bosses won’t let him have his old job back, after all…

I guess they want to minimize the number of places a 14-year-old boy can buy booze in a burka…

Well, it looks like we won’t be buying booze anytime soon in convenience stores this side of Quebec, as the Liberal government has shot down a petition from the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, according to the Toronto Star.  The Free Our Beer petition, which pledges “that our politicians listen to voters and allow the convenience of buying beer and wine at responsible community convenience stores,” has reportedly received some 112,500 signatures online and in stores across the province—that’s more than twice as many people who petitioned to prevent Nickelback from playing at halftime in Detroit!  (Mind you, that petition was unfortunately unsuccessful as well…)  But McGuinty still isn’t buying it.

“This government believes that Ontarians are well served by the current retail system for beverage alcohol,” Aly Vitunski, spokeswoman for Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, told The Star.  “The current system balances access for both customers and suppliers with social responsibility. We take the concerns of convenience store owners seriously, but we believe the current system of selling liquor is an effective way to guard the public interest.”  Funny, I didn’t know the public was interested in paying higher, government-regulated prices.  Tim Hudak, for one, is willing to debate this matter on behalf of the opposition.

Interestingly enough, two of McGuinty’s recent predecessors (not including Bob Rae) were in favour of letting convenience stores sell alcohol, even to the point of putting it in their platforms.  As per The Star, “Former Liberal premier David Peterson promised beer and wine in corner stores in his 1985 election campaign and so did Tory leader Mike Harris in his 1995 platform, the Common Sense Revolution.”

Tis a shame those platform planks were never implemented—though it would hardly be the only time a politician has broken a campaign promise in this province, wouldn’t it? ;)