It is good to see that Bonnie Crombie has already put the fear of God into the conservatives at Queen’s Park. While she has already been to the Ontario Legislature to meet with her liberal caucus, the new liberal leader will not be turning in her mayor’s chain of office until January. She wants to leave things shipshape in Mississauga before taking over the liberal reins.
But the conservatives are already firing salvoes of criticisms at her to see if anything will stick. No election is likely in Ontario before June of 2026. Much can happen in the next two years. While Crombie will want to start by visiting electoral districts throughout the province, she also needs to be ready to run in a byelection. The public needs to see her in action in the legislature, for her to be credible in the coming election.
What is particularly amusing in this interim, millionaire Doug Ford is running advertising saying Crombie is an elitist. It does seem odd that when Ford went to such lengths to make some of his developer friends’ billionaires that he is jealous of Ms. Crombie also having a few dollars in the bank.
For those of you who put some stock in the public opinion polls this far from an election, I would be willing to bet you that she has those same polls standing on their heads two years from now.
It is easy to see what our late friend, former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion saw in her when she supported Crombie to replace her as mayor. She certainly proved that she was more than capable of doing the job. The times I have now seen Bonnie Crombie in action, I can certainly concur with Hazel’s assessment.
But the one thing for certain is that Crombie needs a much stronger and better directed liberal party than Justin Trudeau will have two years from now. There needs to be pride in being a liberal. It needs to be a party that stands beside its elected wing, not under it. And there is nothing wrong with asking liberals, occasionally, to put a few bucks in the collection plate. Just stop the constant begging.
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