It’s ironic that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s so bent on painting Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown our own version of US President Donald Trump that she’s adopted Trump tactics to do so. She’s even happy to manufacture and spread fake news, to boot.
The Liberals’ tactics leading up to the June 2018 election have been to smear Brown as an anti-woman social conservative, even though he’s on the record as saying that social conservative issues are off limits. Period.
Let’s face it, it would be political suicide to embrace social conservativism in 2017. No shrewd politician would want to die on that hill. The “hidden agenda” angle also hounded former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Paranoid Liberal pundits would continually warn that Harper would make abortion and gay marriage illegal and even bring back the death penalty. He was in power for nearly a decade and there was not even a hint of his interest to do so. In fact, just as Brown has said, Harper took social conservative issues off the table.
But it hasn’t stopped the hysterical and desperate Ontario Liberals from dealing in similar wedge politics à la Trump.
Most recently, a new well-funded organization called Working Ontario Women (WOW) has sprung to life with vicious anti-Brown ads. Turns out WOW is bankrolled by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with a 2 million North America membership. WOW’s website tells that they fight for protecting women’s rights, including marriage equality and the right to choose, improving women’s health and expanding access to women’s health care and fighting for fair wages and equal pay. All noble objectives.
But why pick on Brown who’s on the same page as WOW? WOW’s website also claims that the organization is “led by women.” But once you dig deeper through this pop-up organization which has less than 150 followers on Twitter, you get a big clue on who really runs it. WOW’s puppeteer is a big L Liberal guy pulling the strings from SEIU. This sheds light on why WOW is pro-Wynne and anti-Brown. Meet Michael Spitale, SEIU Healthcare ‘s Director of Government Relations and very much a man. Spitale’s worked on Wynne’s Leadership campaign and was Director of Political Affairs for the Liberal Caucus, not to mention that he’s the former President of the Ontario Liberal Party.
This explains not only SEIU’s coziness with the Liberals, but also the extent to which it actively works to get Liberals elected time and time again. SEIU has openly campaigned for Energy Minister Glen Thibeault and others. SEIU’s also donated thousands of dollars to the Liberal Party.
SEIU is so tight with the Liberals that they are the only union to have been invited to a partnership with the government for a new training program for personal support workers. This incestuous relationship even led to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas to denounce the sweetheart deal as a “shady inside relationship” that “dangerously” erodes democracy.
So, next time you see an ad on TV by WOW, remember that it’s courtesy of Wynne in the finest of Trumpian tradition – deceitful, deceptive and meant to divide.