McGuinty stepping down shows cracks in Liberal leadership

 “When announcing his resignation as Premier of Ontario on Monday night, Dalton McGuinty said that it was time for the Liberal party to be renewed, with fresh leadership. It was a typically McGuinty-esque positive spin on an unpalatable truth — the Ontario Liberal Party does indeed need new leadership, but only because of how badly the current leadership has made a hash of things,” Matt Gurney wrote in a National Post article yesterday following Dalton McGuinty’s resignation speech. Gurney continued, “No matter what Mr. McGuinty said, and what Liberal spin doctors will say in the days to come, the truth of the matter is that Mr. McGuinty stepped down because his party’s power plant shenanigans simply weren’t something that could be explained away. Not even by someone as good at explaining things away as Mr. McGuinty. Ahead of last fall’s election, with the Liberals down by double-digits in the polls, the decision to scrap construction of two gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga must have made sense to desperate Liberals. Their plan was simple: Cancel the plants, win a majority, and trust in Mr. McGuinty to ride out any backlash. The gambit almost worked — the Liberals only missed capturing a third majority by one.” Click here to read Gurney’s full article. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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