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Friday, September 07, 2012

McGuinty Fails to Gain a Majority

Two by-elections were held in Ontario yesterday, one for the riding of Vaughan and one for Kitchener-Waterloo.  By winning both seats, Dalton McGuinty's Liberals would have had sufficient seats to form a majority government.  While the Liberal stronghold of Vaughan was retained by the Liberals, Kitchener-Waterloo went to the NDP in a hard-fought campaign.

While it is unlikely that McGuinty's decision to sell the ONTC influenced the result, other issues facing the government, such as ORNGE or his treatment of teachers, are casting a shadow over his party.  A delegation from northern Ontario travelled to Waterloo in the hopes of talking with the premier about Ontario Northland.  They were ignored and McGuinty left by a back door.  I'm not sure if this was a deliberate snub, but McGuinty has yet to meet with northern leaders once to discuss the issue.

The results are clear.  One seat is only one small part of a government, but the residents of Kitchener-Waterloo (who just gained a GO Train stop) knew that they would decide whether McGuinty gained a majority or not.  They chose to deny him this privilege and I agree - McGuinty does not deserve a majority.

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