Friday Two Cents: Politics, Its All A Game


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Well this week in my hometown of Toronto we had a political story that has many of the people here buzzing.  The Liberal convention to elect a new leader and premier.

I must first stop and marvel at the wonderful and peaceful process of how we choose new leaders in this country.  In many parts of the world, this would be done at the end of a barrel of a gun.  So hats off to Canada and all our citizens.

With that said let me continue.  I firmly believe that Ontario’s political future, hangs in the balance this weekend.  You might wonder why, well I will try to paint a picture for you.  The controversial bill 115 was repealed Wednesday, however, the long-lasting use of the bill is ever-present and will continue until the teachers have an opportunity to freely, collectively bargain with the school boards fairly and not have a deal forced upon them.

With the two front-runners, Pupatello or Wynne, they said nothing of healing the rift of the ongoing battle with the schoolteachers of Ontario.  The only candidate that said that he would rip up the agreements enforced by bill 115 is Gerard Kennedy.  If he is elected leader and he does what he says he will do, then there might be the beginnings of peace with this large and influential group.

Why should this be important?  Well whoever is elected, they will inherit a minority government and they would like to test their popularity with an election in six to eight months.  If they do so, with the specter of continuing unrest with the teachers, then they will loss their support in votes from the teachers and parents upset by the conflict.

If there is a leader that appeased the teachers and parents without giving in to them, then they might win the election.  If they do not, then the other parties can bleed votes away and another government might go in and that would be, well we are not sure about the outcome do we?

Gerard Kennedy is the only candidate that has a plan to make peace with the teachers.  The others would continue with the status quo and the conflict will continue and possibly expand.

Hence, this weekend’s leadership will have long-lasting consequences for the province.  Do the delegates elect a leader for the present or do they see the larger picture and a long-lasting strategy?

It is like a game of chess.  Move, counter move.  One strategy against the other.  Who will think strategically and vote long-term or will they go for the short-term gains.

Let the games begin.

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