I think not. After two years of hiding in the bushes, I bet Ontario liberal leader Steven Del Duca has a grand plan. There must be a scheme in place that will devastate the Ford conservatives. Hopefully, it is ready to rumble.
After all, what will our June 2 election in Ontario be about but leadership? Ford and his henchmen have been running around the province promising anything to get re-elected. What else did Del Duca have to be doing but plan. The Ontario conservatives have been in overdrive, campaigning for the last two months. Del Duca would hardly be at home watching re-runs of Doogie Howser, M.D.
Of course, Del Duca shows up occasionally so that the liberal caucus at Queen’s Park will know they still have a leader. All he could do was chortle over Doug Ford’s hopeless handling of the pandemic. Ford would listen to the best medical advice and then do what he wanted anyway. The Ford solution to the pandemic was a heavy hand and bombast. He had no compassion and no sense of how people were re-acting. He based direction on his gut feeling. And when you have as big a gut as Ford, your gut usually needs medical attention when it is trying to tell you something.
Doug Ford is the kind of guy who tells you not to go to your cottage because people should not be wandering around the province spreading COVID. And then he goes up to his Muskoka cottage to enjoy the peace and quiet. When he has enough peace and quiet, he takes out his gas guzzling water ski and scares hell out of the fish.
But don’t get me wrong here. I have seen lots of leaders get re-elected despite being useless. Del Duca is not going to let that happen. He has made the occasional sortie into the media’s view to make comments about policies. He even has a sense of humour and he told the media that if he did not change how Ontario votes soon after being elected premier, he would quit as premier.
He also announced some party promises for ideas like a four-day work week and two-year maternity leave. More recently, he announced he wants to ban handguns in Ontario. It shows us, he has been thinking.
So, when he starts campaigning, it will be a block buster.
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