Your agent has been in journalism for 37 years now and never in that time have I seen an apology that was used as the flare on page 1.
One doubts that it was there on its news value, though it has some.
What it probably means is that representatives of the Ottawa Citizen and former premier Dalton McGuinty have been in some tough negotiations over the nature of the apology. By the looks of the front page, McGuinty won.
Who will make up the new coalition of voters that returns the Progressive Conservatives to power? What are those voters looking for, and what can the party offer to win them back?
If it remains a party of angry McGuinty haters (he left the building long ago), the Tories will stay stunted through 2018 and beyond. If they cling to the old glory (gory) days of Mike Harris, whose election was a reaction to an unpopular NDP government and an unelectable Liberal alternative in the 1990s, their party will remain frozen in time.
It’s been broken for a good while. When you have a political party patting themselves on the back, while the federal debt has skyrocketed under their stewardship, then you have some problems. If this is what the best and brightest gets us …
Congratulations to new Liberal MPP John Fraser in Ottawa South.
Fraser knows his community well and despite all the problems swirling around the previous Grit regime at Queen’s Park, the Tories could not defeat him. He will be a good local MP because he has been former premier Dalton McGuinty’s problem solver in the riding for many years. Fraser is a decent guy.
This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:
Ontario is moving forward with the implementation of collective agreements for all teachers and support staff that meet the province’s fiscal targets while protecting the classroom experience and the gains made in education. All new contracts are retroactive to Sept. 1, 2012 and will expire on Aug. 31, 2014.
On Bulldog Business, Charleston RiverDogs owner and comedian/actor Bill Murray makes a moving video speech on the joy of Single-A baseball as he is inducted into the South Atlantic League hall of fame. Appropriate now as Ottawa returns to the ranks of minor league baseball in 2014. And if you watch the video to the end, you get to hear a funny joke about a talking dog. The Bulldog liked it.