Fear is all Wynne has left
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in London Monday, June 9, 2014. (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)
There’s a reason Premier Kathleen Wynne has been reduced to fear-mongering in the final hours of the Ontario election campaign.
Despite promising at the start not to run a negative campaign, Wynne now says she’s afraid of a democratically-elected Tim Hudak Progressive Conservative government.
That is, when she’s not comparing the policies of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
The reason Wynne is resorting to fear-mongering in a neck-and-neck battle with the Tories is that she’s afraid of losing her job tomorrow.
Her problem is that after 11 years in power — first under Dalton McGuinty and now under her — the Liberals have nothing positive on which to run.
Wynne can’t run on sound fiscal management — not with a predicted $12.5 billion deficit this year.
Not with the Liberals having doubled the provincial debt in less than 11 years to almost $300 billion.
Not with the Liberals having reduced Ontario to a have not province.
Wynne can’t run on Liberal integrity — not with two ongoing OPP criminal investigations into the Liberals’ gas plants and Ornge scandals.
Not against the backdrop of the Liberals’ eHealth scandal, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. scandal and Pan Am Games debacle.
Not with the new scandals that have come to light during this campaign, including the MaRS real estate fiasco and allegations the Liberals gave preferential treatment and lucrative contracts to wind power developers with Liberal connections.
Wynne can’t run on keeping taxes or electricity prices low, or on sound fiscal management of the beleaguered Ontario economy, or on strengthening the education system, not with student test scores in math showing a steady decline.
So that’s why she has to run on raising fears about her opponents, bolstered by millions of dollars worth of attack ads against Hudak, launched by her pals in the public sector union movement, fearful a Hudak government will put taxpayers’ interests first.
That is, as opposed to the Liberals, who have put the interests of their party ahead of the public interest for 11 years, as they did in the gas plants scandal, using up to $1.1 billion of our money to buy five Liberal seats in the 2011 election.
Now that’s scary.