“Ontario Election postponed!”
It hasn’t happened yet but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Dalton McGuinty changed the date October 6th, 2011 election given the latest poll numbers (Forum Research, released June 26, 2011). His party’s poll numbers, his personality poll numbers and his credibility poll numbers are all in the tank so I wouldn’t put in past Dalton McGuinty to change the election date to avoid losing in a provincial election.
It was Dalton McGuinty that passed the law that fixed the date of elections four years out. But changing a law is not out of character for the premier. It was also Dalton McGuinty that changed the law that banned Ontario governments from raising taxes without getting approval from voters. And breaking promises is also not out of character for this premier. It was also Dalton McGuinty that raised taxes after two elections when he said he wouldn’t.
So what would be his excuse to change the election date and a possible scenario? After the next poll shows that it’s unlikely he will win a third majority government, Dalton McGuinty will announce that he will resign as leader and premier and that he will have to postpone the October 6th election to allow the Liberal Party to choose a new leader. He will then leave it to his successor to choose the appropriate election date. This would put the nomination meeting in November 2011. The new Liberal leader would want to bring in a vote buying budget to try to undo much of the McGuinty legacy around April 2012 and hold an election either in late spring or early autumn 2012.
He can also use the excuse that the Ontario public is suffering from election fatigue and it’s too much to ask to have three elections within twelve months (when really, of the three elections, this is the one that Ontarians want the most).
Oh sure, there will be an uproar from the public but really, what’s the difference. With polls showing that the McGuinty Liberals are competing for third place, I would not put anything past Dalton McGuinty. He has shown time and time again that his word means little when it comes to how he governs Ontario.
Huh? Huh? Huh? [Open my eyes] Was I just dreaming?