Lets pretend that Ontario is in a good place with government.
Lets pretend that Ontario government doesn’t create a hate fence bordering our provincial walls.
Lets pretend that doing the same thing over and over will create change, and not provoke the country to think we are insane for expecting a different outcome.
This is the model for the Premier of Ontario.
No pretending about this.
I’ve spent the last few years progressively getting more and more interested in the ways we are governed, and the politicians that do so to us. I have a mother who works in the educational system, and I myself graduated four years ago from an Ontario college, so it makes me a little more inclined to care about the way my tax dollars are spent, who’s spending them, and what kinds of decisions I’m allowing them to make by voting for them in the first place.
At what point do I put the blinders up, and start the pretending again….
I’ve been watching the news obsessively lately, mostly to follow the Ford fiasco and the McGuinty turn over. Of course, these are huge topics of interest for Ontario, and Toronto, but I feel a little empathy for the other provinces watching us battle it out over the dumb choices made by the governing politicians.
There seems to be a trend in Canada when comparing Ontario (and also Quebec for that matter) to all the other provinces: Minority. Why does every other province & territory have a Majority Premier? Sticking to our ways and voting based on attack ads, old views, previous premiers, etc. Where has it gotten us? Yet again, we are in a minority situation where Nay-ing just to Nay makes more sense than giving a ‘YAY’ once in a while. Instead of looking at the views of a single voice, that has the potential to create change, the opposition voice instead bashes and stomps until the public hits mute.
We’re in a bad place with the public opinion of the Ontario premier and government, and this is due to recent events which ultimately affect every citizen of Ontario, and even Canada in the grand scheme of things. Cancelling two power plants, which cost billions, and would have otherwise been useful to brings jobs to the market, not to mention provide alternatives to the Western Sands, was a flop! One that the Opposition parties want picked up ASAP. What ever happened with the Ornge Budget and spending will be a constant inquiry, and also on that list, is the little pesky education system. Just to name a few…
Kathleen Wynne, new premier of Ontario, didn’t get picked because we waaaaaanted her to…Kathleen Wynne was chosen to take over a job that was plagued with ruin from the last man who stood as premier. Dalton McGuinty made it clear that he didn’t want to deal with his mistakes and bad judgment calls, so he passed the buck to Wynne. Now she’s stuck with the burden of trying to bring the parties together for a collaborative solution.
It’s too bad that the easier solution for these opposition parties is to neglect civil conversation, put Wynne in a box, and present a predetermined view and opinion of what she will make of the new Premier Position.
Unfortunately, not everyone wants change. The proposed good changes that can happen would fill the hate hole that’s been left in the political system in Ontario, which opposition leaders just simply wont allow. If Wynne cannot make friends, she must make her own decisions from a double-edged sword.
THIS, is why I pretend…