Wynne Isn't McGuinty
She's not even Premier-designate yet but the opposition parties are already branding Saturday night's Liberal leadership victory by Kathleen Wynne as just more of the same McGuinty-era politics.
Gilles Bisson the NDP house leader was doing that live as part of NewsTalk 1010's indepth coverage of the convention Saturday night and he stayed on message Sunday.
In her first news conference as Liberal leader, Kathleen Wynne made it clear that she will be pointing out the missteps of the McGuinty Government. Now obviously she won't be pre-occupied with that.
If I may take a moment and say to the critics who say one Liberal is as bad as another Liberal, this notion of same-old, same-old. It's been said of Tories and New Democrats too, but it is simply not true.
New leaders typically have new ideas and new ways of doing business. Many of us have gone through this with a new boss.
Just because Kathleen Wynne was part of the McGuinty cabinet doesn't mean she will run headlong into scandals such as ORNGE or the power plants. When you are a member of cabinet you are sworn to follow cabinet decisions. If you don't, you are out. Some Premiers and Prime Minister's rule cabinet with an iron fist. Others take a more co-operative approach and seek out consensus but once the decision is made all ministers must tow the line but when you become the leader, you decide how you want things done. What I'm getting at it is this: it is much too soon to be arguing that Wynne is McGuinty, McGuinty is Wynne. Voters should see this type of criticism for what it is, a bid to score cheap political points. There will be plenty of opportunity to find fault with Kathleen Wynne, like there is with any politician so can we just forget about the histrionics.