Isn’t it generous of the nebbishes who think they run the liberal party in Ontario? They are letting us suckers tell them our second, third and even fourth choice for leader of the party. What they are really doing is an attempt to deny us our first choice. This ballot that allows you to vote by numbering the selections from one to four has been thrown sideways to where we have no idea who will win if it goes beyond one count.
I am going to keep my ballot simple. I am going to vote for my number-one choice and nobody else. That one vote will be for Bonnie Crombie. I started out this long and dreary campaign thinking I might support Nate Erskine-Smith. All I found out by offering my help, is that Mr. Erskine-Smith is not as well organized as a leadership candidate should be. He reminded me of former premier David Peterson. I liked the entire Peterson family but after a while I was fed up with the truck drivers running David. He became inaccessible and detached from the party. He made some very bad political decisions.
One of the things I was able to do in earlier leadership contests was to assess the team behind the candidate. That tells you a great deal. I must admit that I decided to vote for Bonnie Crombie without knowing who was running her campaign. I found out today and I should have realized that her campaign was the smooth and expensive type of campaign this insider runs. It is the insiders, connected to Queen’s Park, who would have wanted him. He must have come into the campaign late. Her earlier gaffs on bringing the party to the right and using Greenbelt lands would never have happened under his watch.
As it is, Bonnie Crombie is more to the right politically than I. In discussions with liberals across the province, I am of the conclusion that they need a Bonnie Crombie to get rid of Doug Ford and his thugs. It probably reflects what my late friend Hazel McCallion saw in Ms. Crombie. Hazel was always one of the most perceptive politicians I knew. She was always careful how she used her support and whom she trusted. Bonnie Crombie is the Cinderella that the Ontario liberals need. I am also confident that her Disney training will make for an interesting political experience.
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