The word is Dalton McGuinty is not leaving us all by himself. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, considered by many as the heir apparent, is departing as well.
Maybe Duncan has no desire to explain who, why and how much moving gas-fired plants will cost the people of the province.
Perhaps the strategy is that if all those who know the answers to these questions depart the public gaze the issue will disappear too. My guess is - not likely.
When you put your hand deeply into the public pocket the people demand to know who you are and why you are bold enough to risk getting your arm broken.
Clouds surrounding Liberal politicians are dark indeed. Times are tough and people have to be careful with their money and since it is indeed the people’s money that will resolve these problems taxpayers are really fed up.
Having swallowed eHealth debacle, the Ornge scandal, the cost of a few great programs we simply could not afford and now the shifting power plants, people have run out of patience and dollars.
It isn’t just the money.
People are expected to endorse moves to limit or remove entirely teachers rights to bargain collectively.
Sure it is great to insure that teachers remain in classrooms but do you need a Sherman tank to do it and if so what will we need to keep public sector workers on the job when their rights are threatened.
We appear to owe a lot of money while losing a lot of clout.
We hear that McGuinty will attempt to negotiate behind closed doors with those paid directly from the people’s purse.
But Mr. Former Premier you can’t have it both ways. You can’t go and stay at the same time. Who in the world is going to listen to you now. You got your cards, played your hand and folded – game over.
We are left to wonder how many cabinet ministers will follow the leader out the door, and how many will suffer the slings and arrows, tell everyone how little they knew, and stay to hold onto their jobs and offer support to a new leader.
Round and round we go. We may wonder what the provincial auditor thinks about all this and whether all relevant documents will find their way to that desk.