The premier may have a short honeymoon, but she can count on an uninterrupted four-year term to govern, without being second-guessed by a third-place NDP wielding the balance of power. Or a PC opposition peddling third-rate alternatives on a pre-election footing.
Time is a great gift for a premier with grand visions and abundant political capital but a bare treasury. Yet no one really knows what Wynne’s new mandate means — just that she won one.
It’s hard to conclude that her victory was a triumph for the political centre, when Wynne pointedly campaigned from the left. Realistically, many voters were won over by the force of her personality or the fear of a far-right Tory restoration.
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