Kudos to Graeme MacKay for this one!
Gee, I wonder if the natives could look into a sideline of selling pesticides the way they do cigarettes...
The Star's Jim Coyle compares Dalton to one half of the "Odd Couple" (Less John Robarts than Felix Unger):
...To his great good fortune, McGuinty has escaped the unforgiving demands of nation-building. As such, he governs less as a latter-day Father of Confederation than a political version of Felix Unger, the clean freak from The Odd Couple.
If ever an Ontario premier had the luxury of sweating the small stuff, he's it.
In McGuinty's Ontario, clean living is the ethos of the day, so much so it sometimes feels as if the province is governed by a combination old-time school marm and cleaning lady.
Not lawns, not laundry, not young lungs, not even school lunches have escaped the government's fastidious eye.
Yesterday, the premier celebrated Earth Day by announcing a ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns in residential areas.
Recently, he liberated Ontarians labouring under the yoke of oppressive local regulation and freed them to use clotheslines to dry their laundry.
His government is banning cigarette displays in convenience stores. Not long ago, it nixed smoking in automobiles in which children were passengers.
In recent months, Ontario has given thumbs down to trans-fats in schools, banning them from cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops where impressionable taste buds reside...
Christina Blizzard isn't impressed either - Pesticide ban hardly dandy. However, the Ontario Lemmings who voted for Felix presumably love being told how to live their lives.
My better half recently asked me (tongue in cheek), if the next decree will come in the form of how many squares of toilet tissue we're allowed to use each morning?
Well, I hope this is one area where Felix might allow us a little latitude.