Friday, June 15, 2007

McGuinty loses one of the good ones

Looks like Marie Bountrogianni is jumping ship.

Opposition parties salivate in the wings.


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Update: Wow! Adam obviously has a totally different view on this. - Good riddance.

More Liberal news - Money jumping ship too. With alleged cover-up. H/T Steve Janke.

Saturday Update: As Zac mentions in comments, two female Liberal MPP's are leaving 'for family reasons'.

19 comments:

Zac said...

I wouldn't make too much out of this. She wants to spend some time with her family, same as Jennifer Mossop (MPP for Stoney Creek, who also announced today that she wouldn't be seeking re-election).

Joanne (True Blue) said...

That's the party line, alright.

Zac said...

Well, you can sum it up like that if you'd like, but she clearly says it here:

http://thespec.com/News/Local/article/208229

I spoke with her last week, she's coming back to McMaster to teach so she can stay local and spend some time with her family. Not that big of a deal. The president of the chamber of commerce is taking her spot. We'll be fine in Hamilton.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

We'll be fine in Hamilton.

Whew!

Anonymous said...

I thought that Marie B. would have made an excellent Minister of Education. None of the folks in that position so far are what educatinon in Ontario needs, which is NOT oodles of more money to grow the bureaucrats, but creative and responsive ways to help children and be accountable to parents.

London Free Press reported last week that their EQAO 3 & 6 test scores not improving despite the $$$ and literacy specialists. Guess who'll be the first to go should they not balance their budget.

It would have been great to have a education minister from Hamilton who didn't pander to the TDSB for once. I had high hopes for Sandara Pupetello because she had the balls to say NO to the lobby groups and unions.

With Mossop leaving too this is a huge opportunity for the NDP to win those seats back. I believe they just might do it too, with the help of Andrea Horvath, who has been excellent in the legislature. I pick her take over from Howie.

Anonymous said...

Why do you say "one of the good ones" Joanne? Is it because she's one Minsiter that didn't get caught funnelling money to Liberal friends?

We're seriously interested in why you rate her the way you did.

Adam Daffallah seems to have another take.

Zac said...

Ok. So, I see we're in a snarky mood today.

We can talk some other time.

Take care.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Zac, I just intended that as some good old partisan ribbing. Sorry you took offense.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

We're seriously interested in why you rate her the way you did.

Who's 'we'?

Zac said...

No offence taken really. Just saying that I'll be back around some other time. In honesty, I'm going out to enjoy the nice day we're having.

Cheers.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Zac, that sounds like a great idea. I think I'll join you. ;)

Joan Tintor said...

"NOT oodles of more money to grow the bureaucrats"

Boutros-Boutros Gianni WAS a board bureaucrat, a psychologist. She was part of the problem.

Yes, Pupatello made a brief stand against the bloated spending of the Toronto board, but the problem is the Libs have no credibility because they always took the TDSB's side in opposition, not to mention the two ex-trustees in their caucus, Wynne and Cansfield.

So now we have Michael Chan, Tim Peterson, Bountrogianni and Mossop who have jumped ship so far. There may be more interesting announcements over the summer.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Star blames the goons in McGuinty's office for her departure.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anon, do you have a link or is the same one I used? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Star blames the goons in McGuinty's office for her departure.

The Toronto Star will be printing a retraction to that tomorrow morning.

Brian in Calgary said...

Joanne, although I'm not Ontario born and bred (being originally from Saskatoon), I am thankful for the posts you're providing on the Ontario political scene. The Ontario election campaign seems to be a lot more interesting than the yet to be called campaign in Saskatchewan. At least my Ontario friends and relatives can look forward to a bit of drama in terms of outcome. In that regard, they're one up on my friends and family in Saskatchewan.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Brian, anytime you want us to export McGuinty, we'll see what we can do here to help out.

Meanwhile, if you have any input or info that you'd like to express regarding any other province or news item, please send me an email or just post something off topic. I don't mind a thread running wild as long as it's civil. ;)

Zac said...

Brian, anytime you want us to export McGuinty, we'll see what we can do here to help out

There's only so much we can do for some provinces Joanne. As much as I would like to export McGuinty to every province in the country, theres only one of him to go around. Too bad, so sad. I suppose we're stuck with his positive agenda for the next four years. Whatever, shall we do :)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

lol! Zac, you're my favourite Liberal.