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Election Hangover in Ontario

Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

The impact of the federal election is all but a formality.

The PM is calling back the House of Commons with more than a handful of new MPs and a handsome majority to ensure that a conservative agenda will dominate the Canadian body politic.

Many media, political observers and analysts believe that the PM’s Conservative government will define itself as good managers of the economy while being mindful of the needs of Canada’s growing cohort of seniors, those in need, minorities and New Canadians.

This scenario places the PM and his government squarely in the enviable political centre.

In Ontario, we’re almost five months away from a provincial election. The governing Liberals, once thought to be a spent force are defining the agenda for the election – good government, good social policies, good economic managers, good outreach, collaborative where it counts and tough and unafraid when they need to be. In effect, all the hallmarks of a centrist Party.

Notwithstanding the balance of power theory, which has always been alive and well in Ontario, the case cannot be made casually that the hangover from the federal election will permeate the outcome of the election soon to be fought in Ontario.

The media about and public images of the three Leaders in Ontario, the strategies to be employed during the campaign and math will all have an impact on this Ontario election in October of this year.

In as much as we need a provincial government in Ontario that has courage and knows the aspirations of its citizens – the winner of the election in Ontario will be the Party whose mission resonates  successfully from the centre of the political spectrum – and I think we know what Party that could be this fall.

- Marc Kealey
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