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Wynne takes offence, not responsibility

By Jerry Agar, Toronto Sun

Premier Kathleen Wynne comments on PC leader Tim Hudak's remarks made earlier in the day on March 27. Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun

Premier Kathleen Wynne comments on PC leader Tim Hudak's remarks made earlier in the day on March 27. Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun

Premier Kathleen Wynne will take offence but she won’t take responsibility. That’s why voting Liberal in the next Ontario election would be an exercise in personal dysfunction. Simply put, they don’t deserve your support.

Wynne is so insistent she had nothing to do with an alleged criminal cover up in the premier’s office, she threatened legal action against PC leader Tim Hudak for suggesting she did.

Hudak may be overplaying his hand, but we know the Liberals keep trying to tie Hudak to the Mike Harris government of more than a decade ago. Yet they pretend Wynne and her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, barely know each other.

On Monday, Hudak doubled down on his assertion it isn’t credible that Wynne didn’t know what was going on in the gas plant scandal.

McGuinty’s former chief of staff, David Livingston, is suspected by the Ontario Provincial Police of hiring the boyfriend of a staffer to wipe information from government computers.

The boyfriend, although not an employee of the premier’s office or the Ontario Public Service, is alleged to have been given administrative access to government computers in order to delete files.

These allegations have not been proven in court and Livingston through his lawyer has denied doing anything illegal.

That said, is the premier’s office so large that, in McGuinty’s time, boyfriends of the staff would routinely drop in, sit and start working on government computers, and nobody noticed or asked why?

The Liberals admitted they cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga for political reasons. Fact is, they used our money for their political gain and didn’t tell us the truth about it.

If that isn’t theft — they stole our money and used it for their own benefit — I’d like to know what it is.

Wynne was the minister of three portfolios under McGuinty, co-chair of the re-election campaign when the gas plants were cancelled and signed a significant document relating to one of the cancellations. Then she became premier.

Yet she has no idea — and is shocked! — about what is alleged to have gone on under her nose?

Anyone maligning “Ford Nation” for supporting Mayor Rob Ford in spite of his well documented problems has no business voting for Wynne or her incompetent, self-serving gang.

If, under McGuinty and Wynne, their staffs were out of control, was it because neither of them were minding the store, or because under them a culture existed that made staffers feel they could do anything they wanted as long as no one got caught?

A sick culture, incompetent leadership, or both; those are your choices with the Liberals.

Former U.S. president Harry S. Truman famously had a sign on his desk that read, “The BUCK STOPS Here.” He knew who was responsible.

It took a few weeks before former Alberta premier Alison Redford did the right thing and stepped down amidst a scandal over her expenses, but she did it. She finally took responsibility.

It seems there is no sense of responsibility in the Ontario premier’s office, just plausible deniability and an assurance the government is, “working in complete cooperation,” with the investigation.

Complete cooperation from the start would have revealed the true costs of the cancelled gas plants immediately and would not have included deleted e-mails.

If this Liberal government isn’t made to pay a heavy price at the polls for what they have done to Ontario, what reason would there be to hope for good, honest government in the future?

— Agar hosts the 9 a.m. to noon show on Newstalk1010 and Straight Talk on the Sun News Network 


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