Comment 70380

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted October 07, 2011 at 08:00:12

The Liberal provincial election victory is as close to a majority as it can get without being one. To pass a piece of provincial legislation in the next term, the Liberal government needs one PC or NDP MPP to be absent or to vote independently from his or her party on a particular issue. On the other hand, the NDP has now entered "balance of power" territory.

Meanwhile, Andrew Dreschel's column titled "Bratina has to mend fences" in the Hamilton Spectator today (apparently not yet available online) contains some poignant observations on the hazards of mayoral partisanship:

"How Bratina's endorsement of the Liberals will play out in this wobbly new environment in which the New Democrats hold the balance of power at Queen's Park remains to be seen.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath is keeping her cards close to her vest but clearly she's become the kingmaker.

From now on, whether the NDP and Liberals come to an official governing agreement or not, McGuinty will have to tiptoe his way around the stark new reality that his party is no longer unilaterally calling the shots.

Against that backdrop, Bratina's reckless partisan stance in what everybody knew was going to be a close race has cast a giant shadow of doubt over his political judgment and blown a gaping hole in his credibility.

Obviously he needs to mend fences with the suddenly influential New Democrats and work on his personal relationships with Taylor and the other local MPPs."

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2011-10-07 08:00:52

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