Monday, January 18, 2010

'Tis the Season to Shuffle

You know, it occurs to me I have more to say about a PC Cabinet shuffle in a province I don't live in, than on McGuinty's shuffle today. Perhaps I'll make following Ontario politics closer my New Years resolution for 2010.

So I'll be sure to update this post with links to some solid post-shuffle analysis from people who know what they're talking about.

As for my take, a large scale shuffle was definitely needed. Let's be honest, McGuinty has lost some big guns, and his 2009 was about as good as Tiger Woods'. This move lets Dalton recalibrate and refocus. Moreover, there's been some talk of a new throne speech when Queen's Park resumes sitting, although with proroguing on the "not hot" list for 2010, that may not be in the cards.

Beyond that, I won't comment much on the individual moves. Brad Duguid is the big winner, taking over Energy (making him the point man on the Green Energy Act's implementation) - everyone I know in the know speaks highly of him and the work he did in Aboriginal Affairs. Eric Hoskins is an excellent choice for Citizenship and Immigration. There's also been some speculation that one of the combo ministries could be split to let Glen Murray in after the by election, which would be a welcome addition.

But while Alberta's shuffle was designed to signal a new (rightward) shift, I don't really get the sense this one was designed to send a big message to the electorate. Rather, this was about McGuinty putting in place the team he wants selling his government in the lead-up to the 2011 provincial election.


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  • Speaking of democracy's nitty gritty, I came across a website,, with some banners and useful resources targetted at educating people about the essential issue re. Harper & democracy, that goes beyond prorogation & Saturday rallies. NB. The creator, Dave Duprey, is non-partisan.

    By Blogger Eugene Forsey Liberal, at 6:02 PM  

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    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 6:16 PM  

  • I'm confused over the Kathleen Wynne demotion. Unless she is made deputy premier (which I believe she deserves to be).

    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 6:35 PM  

  • Do the people of Caledonia speak highly of Brad Duguid's work in Aboriginal Affairs?

    By Anonymous South 905, at 11:59 PM  

  • What's the word in Liberal circles of Dalton's demotion of Ottawa's representation in cabinet?

    We in Ottawa always knew that Toronto would rather take our money (and spend it on votes in Toronto) than return it, but is that really his goal or is it just a sideline for him?

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  • Wynne became much too close with the teacher unions and unelected parent groups. Her replacement is better suited to appease the small town and rural voters. Less of an edge and someone that will have to, by all appearances stand tough against what the unions may throw at her..and they ALWAYS do. Actually, the teacher unions in Ontario have run out of parties to tick off!

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