Did you see the Toronto Star article on why the Ontario liberals lost the 2022 provincial election? They admitted what they had done wrong. Everything. And to add insult to injury, they released their mea culpa report to the news media.
I have always been proud of being a liberal. Just not in this election. On the first day of the campaign Steven Del Duca came to my electoral district. I got out there to show my support for the party and its leader. I only wished that he looked like a leader. He was being delivered to the ridings in a delivery van for God’s sake! He wasn’t dressed as a leader. He didn’t even talk like a leader.
I had high hopes for our local candidate. Yet there were less than 20 liberals there to meet the party leader and support their candidate. This was not a good sign. I asked Steven Del Duca what he thought of the 15-day campaign the conservatives had left him? He didn’t understand me. At least my candidate understood what I said. He explained to the party leader that the call of the election was only 15 days before the advance polls opened for voting. It was a 15-day election. That was a denial of time or opportunity to pull that fat jerk, Ford, off his pedestal.
The only calls I got in that campaign were from the pollsters. Nobody called me to ask for help. Our liberal candidate ran one of the most pathetic lawn sign campaigns I have ever seen. He had been our mayor for three terms, he deserved some support! We got a few campaign pieces in the mail, mostly from the carpet bagger from Severn who was dumped on us to make sure conservative Patrick Brown did not have a provincial riding in 2018.
This liberal report complains that the party was trying to do too much with too little. It also makes the point that few in Ontario knew what “OLP’ stood for. I think the reason they lost the election was that the Ontario Liberal Party did not know what they stood for. They did not blame Steven Del Duca for losing. He should have blamed them. They needed to understand that the leader has his work to do. They should have done their job. And that is to build the liberal brand, to recruit progressives to the party—as fundraisers, as candidates, as supporters. They should have cut all ties with Justin Trudeau’s weak, lost and ignored liberals, and made sure there was always money available by building the brand provincially.
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