David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, p. 102
Well, it is all in and all but done. It seems that the Harper - Ford hope of an all conservative Ontario is but another dream unrealized. Premier Dalton McGuinty has won his third term. It has not been since the time of Sir Oliver Mowat, a Father of Confederation, that a Liberal Premier has scored three successive terms in office! This has not happened in over 130 years! Not only that, by the end of this mandate, Dalton will be in the top five list of Premiers by time in office! He is already way up in the Top Ten... A hell of a legacy...And a fine time to be in Ottawa - South.
|Premier Dalton McGuinty - Three Termer|
It was all a hell of a dirty, low and negative campaign. Complete with federal conservative interference, by the wee finance minister Jim Flaherty, who by the way, his wife managed to win a seat with the provincial PC's! It is all clear by the rules and all, but the Oracle of Ottawa feels deep down that it is all pretty "greasy". But I will leave that to the dear readers to decide. Of course, by the time the polls had closed for all of thirty minutes, the provincial conservatives were blaming the defeat to those evil labour unions!
|Andrea Horwath - A Valiant Campaign|
Another bright light of the evening, was the valiant campaign of Andrea Horwath of the NDP. She entered the race with ten seats and raised that number to seventeen. She ran a positive upbeat campaign. She really has the light of a public figure. And will no doubt have a long go in the "life".
|Tim Hudak - Clean Up - Aisle Seven!!|
Last and least was the disappointing campaign by one Tim "Chain Gang" Hudak. It was low dirty, negative and constantly underhanded. All in, the perfect conservative effort! But even with the endorsement of Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and the Federal Conservatives now in power in Ottawa, he still couldn't even come close. One would have to conclude that there really is a God.
Pretty hard to argue with success and a track record like this....