The opening words are from Premier Kathleen Wynne: “I can do better.” It reminds me of a mediocre high school student who’s about to get his rejection letter from a university or college and thinks that that strategy will avoid the inevitable result. Wynne’s done, and she knows it.
The ad continues: “How I make life better for you. That’s what I think about when I get up to run at 5 in the morning.” Sure, she obsesses with making our lives better every single second she’s awake. Now let’s try to reconcile that in a moment with selling the provincial money-making utility Hydro One to the private sector. Or let’s try squaring that with making us pay one of the highest electricity rates in North America.
I can’t help to think there’s a tinge of vainglorious Kathleen in that line: “Look at me! I get up to run at 5 in the morning! That’s how great I am!”
After all, for the last four years, it’s all been about Kathleen Wynne and her ego. How else to explain her not getting the message to move on after many months stuck in public approval ratings hovering between 11 and 18 per cent.
To put the numbers in perspective, the American media were all over U.S. President Donald Trump’s drop in approval ratings last week. Newsweek reported that “Trump remained quite unpopular,” pegging his approval rating at 37 per cent. That’s more than three times the popularity of Wynne.
It’s rich of her in the ad to also say that “government isn’t about winning power.” Wynne’s so drunk on power that it’s clouded her judgment that it was time to pack it in a long time ago. Even former Premier Dalton McGuinty knew when to fold it. It saved the Liberal brand.
Wynne put herself above party. Her face stamped on every move the government makes. Now she’s not only toxic to herself, but she’s bringing down the whole Liberal party.
How toxic has Wynne become? Her pal selfie-loving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants nothing to do with her. No returning of Wynne’s 2015 gift where she declared war on then Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s conservatives and campaigned aggressively and openly for Trudeau.
Wynne’s very own candidates have been frosty towards her. A Windsor Liberal candidate, Rino Bortolin, has refused Wynne’s offer to campaign in the riding. She’s persona non grata, because according to Bortolin, “the focus is my brand.” And Bortolin is not the only one to give cold shoulder to Wynne.
Other candidates are not even using the word “Liberal” on their signs. Why bother running for election if you’re so embarrassed of your political affiliation?
In what would be a stunning and embarrassing upset, a recent Forum Research Poll found that Wynne may be fighting for her political life in her own riding, a traditional Liberal seat. Wynne has been representing Don Valley West since 2003. Back in the 2014, the Liberals easily won hands down 57 per cent of the vote vs 31 per cent for the Progressive Conservatives.
Wynne is surrounded by very experienced political advisors. Unless they started drinking her Kool-Aid, it’s hard to think they wouldn’t have told her over the last year that she should leave with dignity and for the sake of the party. At the rate this is going, I’d be surprised if you wouldn’t be able to count winning Liberals with one hand.
On June 8, the day after the election, Wynne will be able to lace-up, go for a run and ponder how she squandered the opportunity to make life better for us.