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Wow, An Apology For A Lifetime

citizenYour 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.

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What Now Tories Post-Hudak?

Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star charts the future course of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario following the defeat of former party leader Tim Hudak:

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.

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Wynne Must Fight McGuinty Legacy

Martin Regg Cohn, the excellent Queen’s Park gumshoe for the Toronto Star, says voting in Ontario is like choosing the lesser of three evils:

In the first moments of her first provincial election as Liberal party leader, Kathleen Wynne faced her first big question.

Not about her campaign platform, the outlines of which were contained in last week’s provincial budget. Not about anything she had or hadn’t done or would do if re-elected.

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Bring Political Ethics Back

This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Tony Benjamin. He was responding to the post, The Political System Is Broken:

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 …

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Fraser Win Shows Grits Still Kicking



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.

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Ontario Imposes Agreements On Teachers

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.

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Ontario Teachers Are Looking Out For No. 1

With respect, we have returned to memories about the teachers who helped us during our formative years.

But today, there is less respect. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is conducting rotating strikes across the province.

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