I have heard a lot of things said against the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party — known to all Ontarians as Premier Kathleen Wynne — regarding the sorry state of Ontario’s fiscal health and well being.
To be precise, Ontario’s debt is out of control and its ongoing annual deficit is more than all other provincial and territorial deficits combined.
For details about that reality, check out Lorrie Goldstein column in the Toronto Sun dated April 2015.
Yet, in spite of Ontario being nearly bankrupt, Wynne has the time to openly campaign for a federal leader — Liberal leader Justin Trudeau — while simultaneously criticizing the current Prime Minister.
Surely, this latest behaviour has got to be Wynne’s most ill considered actions to date.
I mean, what can Wynne be thinking to openly bad mouth Mr. Harper simply because he won’t do exactly as she says regarding the Ontario pension plan — a tax that will no doubt become the next provincial Liberal billion dollar boondoggle?
What if Mr. Harper wins another majority mandate? Is Wynne going to whine for the next four years that Harper is not fair to Ontarians because he won’t do as she asks?
However, probably the most serious consequences of her open support for Trudeau is what it says about Trudeau.
It implies that:
(1) Justin Trudeau is such a weak federal leader that he needs the backing of a provincial premier; and
(2) If Justin Trudeau ever became PM, the Premier of Ontario would expect him to jump to her tune.
I know, Wynne calls getting her own way getting along with people. Well, my bet is that some of Canada’s other premier’s may not agree with the notion that one particular premier is able to manipulate and control a sitting prime minister.
Anyway, here is a Google search page on this topic. Take your pick to read all about this example of Wynne being openly partisan in a federal election campaign. There are 261,000 items to pick from, such as columns in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the CBC website and the Ottawa Citizen.
The crux of the matter is that Wynne needs to attend to her leadership role in Ontario before trying to influence federal politics to her own partisan advantage in an attempt to distract from her own managerial failures.
Update 5:43pm: Remember that issue about anti-Conservative media bias? Well, check out this Google page. The top link indicates that an Ottawa reporter is suggesting that Harper is fighting with Wynne (and Notley). The PM simply responds to criticism and makes it clear he doesn’t agree with raising taxes and he is somehow fighting? Huh? This is going to be a very long election campaign!!!