One thing has become apparent in the weeks after Kathleen Wynne was given the job of Premier of Ontario. The fact that political parties and overall partisanship will reach it highest point in the politics of Ontario than ever before.
I think we can all agree that the biggest issue regarding Canadian politics in general is that currently, most parties like to play it safe and are more moderate than they have us believe. The real damage this is causing happens not in front of our faces, but behind closed doors and away from prying eyes, which makes it all the more dangerous.
When a governing party decides to take a moderate stand in the public's eye, people should immediately begin asking questions regarding that party's true intentions. It is easy to label politics as a game of shadows played by corrupt players, but one must realize that the political process is an integral part of modern society. As a result, being an individual currently living within a country, you are apart of that society and thus affected by the decisions that arise from it's political process.
Kathleen Wynne made many promises during her campaign to maintain the status quo that originally was held by former Premier Dalton Mcguinty. While many of these decisions may have been the right ones, there were many examples during the Mcguinty reign that did in fact make many liberals nervous, which prompted a voting shift toward the NDP in many cases.
Now that the NDP has enough steam to potentially increase its standings within Ontario significantly, if not win the entire thing itself, partisanship is starting to rear its divisive face now more than ever. The best example being the auto insurance premium rates. The NDP want them lowered to help assist the average Ontarian financially, while the PC's cry foul.
Where Wynne is given the most opportunity to actually impact change in Ontario,will also be the most difficult time in her career.
Does Kathleen Wynne make an agreement with the NDP and avoid an election, while keeping her party alive? Or does she continue on the path that was laid out before her upon being elected as Premier?
My greatest fear lies not in her initial decision, but on the impact of her parties political attitude in general. Should we become very unfortunate, we as Ontarian's may live to see Tim Hudak become Premier.
Do you think Kathleen Wynne can keep her government running and avoid an election? If we do fall into election mode, who do you think has a good chance of winning?
I predict that if an election is called in the coming month or two (The Budget is being released and tensions are high), Ontario may open their minds to a government headed by the NDP. No one can truly know if this outcome will be for the best, but one thing that can be guaranteed is that the little guy will be given an extra hand. One can only assume regarding everything else.
Until Next Time.