Despite the fact the Ontario Liberals deserve no more chances at running the province — or arguably running it into the ground — they might have stood a chance if they had chosen Sandra Pupatello as their next leader and premier.
With Kathleen Wynne, however, they are back to where they belong — a long shot at best.
Pupatello was the one among the slate of candidates with a hint of fiscal conservatism, something direly needed for a government facing a $10-$12 billion deficit.
Kathleen Wynne, on the other hand, is a social liberal, and about as left as one can get without throwing on the orange T-shirt of the NDP.
And then there is her sexuality. Even the ultra-liberal Toronto Star put this high in their story. “Let’s not be coy,” it wrote. She’s Ontario’s “first openly lesbian leader.”
Does this matter anymore? Well, in big metropolitan centres, it probably doesn’t mean much, but it will mean more than nothing. In rural Ontario, however, it’s an entirely different kettle of fish.
Dalton McGuinty left Ontario in a mess, and bailed like a rat leaving a sinking ship.
Sandra Pupatello was not part of that crew, and it cost her the leadership.
Somewhere Tim Hudak is smiling.