Thursday, June 12, 2014



O N T A R I O   Provincial Election June 12, 2014

Y E A H !!
First elected Woman Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne-
Plus a Majority in the June 12th Ontario election!
Kathleen is also the first elected Gay Premier.
Congrats to both her and her Partner Jane.
I met them both last summer in Toronto at Pride and marched in the Pride Parade
with them and Justin Trudeau too! All wonderful, nice people- no matter their political colouring. It means a bright future for Canada and Ontario! I didn't want to play the "Gay" card but I have to.
I am proud that our province has a Gay Premier and proud too that it wasn't mentioned in the campaign- even by the other parties.
As we were lucky to have a man such as Jack Layton in Ottawa as the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition for such a short time before his passing from cancer, Ontario is very lucky to have Kathleen as our Premier and just in time for World Pride on June 29th! So, for the next four years the Liberals are in the driver's seat and hopefully by the next Ontario election, Justin Trudeau with be in the Prime Minister's Office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
I couldn't be happier.
However, here where I live in Simcoe North the "Den of the Conservative Party", Garfield Dunlop was re-elected for his fifth consecutive time. Yes folks, more pancake breakfasts populated by tons of old folks and Garf's smiling face at every local event and parade throughout the year. I can smell those pancakes on the griddle right now- and I'm an "old folk" myself!
Of course if one looks at the Liberals with Fred Larsen they did amazingly well locally and if the Libs and the NDP (led by Doris Middleton in Simcoe North) formed a new party together they would have beaten Garfield handily.
Actually, If one adds up all those Liberal (16,412), NDP (7,851) and Green Party Votes (4,031 of them "green folks" ) it would total 28, 294, a 6 thousand vote lead over Mr. Dunlop and with only 51% of us bothering to vote, I'd say Mr. Dunlop doesn't have a particularly "popular" win, just the same old Tory win that has happened in Simcoe North since Jesus was a choirboy.
Gee, those "lucky" folks in Barrie. 136 thousand people- many from the GTA. who move up the 400 for cleaner skies and cheaper housing. They bring along their "liberal" views that translates into Liberal votes making Barrie a Liberal fortress all the way from Penetanguishene Road to Innisfil Beach Road.
So, overall a good day.
Good election results and I am thankful that I live in a  Liberal province- soon to be without the threat of a Tim Hudak.
Yes, it was a disappointing- yet not surprising, Simcoe North result but there's an excitement building inside of me. I can hardly wait to shake Kathleen Wynne's hand again this year at World Pride in Toronto, only this time as an elected "Premier of Ontario"!

Nota Bene

I have been reminded that Garfield- as our local rep, no matter the colour of one's political stripes- even mine, has been supportive of my endeavours.
Garfield was a special guest on a Hank Christmas Show a few years back.  He was quite funny and kept up with Hank's shenanigans. He has sent greetings/advertised in several Garage Door Players' programmes. As well, he wrote a congratulatory letter in the programme that celebrated last year's 10th Anniversary for the Garage Door Players. He also sent Swisssh Radio a plaque recognizing five years on the internet airwaves.

For all this and more I am grateful.

To be fair I should also mention Premier Kathleen Wynn also sent a congratulatory letter (Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi too) which was  included in our programme for "Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak"- our GDP's 10th Anniversary Show!



  1. Hey Rob
    I couldn't agree more, and feel very happy to have had a Fred Larsen sign decorating my lawn these past few weeks. I wish I could have done more for the Larsen campaign -- they did a fantastic job and deserve congratulations. Kathleen Wynn is an authentic, big-hearted leader. Not afraid to apologize for her predecessor's mistakes. And so eloquent in thanking Ontarians last night. I love that she repeated the statement from her leadership win, that Ontario is a place where anyone has a chance regardless of gender or orientation. An LGBT Premier will really "get" what its like to stand up against fear and hatred and work for social justice. She Rocks! Thanks for your eloquent Blog Rob.

    1. Thanks Karen,
      I am not sure the blog is eloquent but it's from the heart. As I said looking at Fred and Doris's votes, it could have been an upset for Garfield. I hope the idea to combine parties here in Simcoe North takes off. The 3 party (4 counting the Greens) doesn't allow for change here. One exception, was Paul Devilliers- federally of course, a few years back. didn't Paul have two terms as our MP for Simcoe North? Then let's not forget your valiant fight to be our Liberal MP.
      I'll never forget Tom and I waltzing into your campaign office on Colborne Street, announcing our marriage and everyone applauded.



    2. I'll never forget that moment, either. It was one of the campaign's highlights for me.
      Paul was our Member for three terms I believe, two under Mr Chretien and then one Mr. Martin. At that time, the Right was divided and so Liberals everywhere had a better chance at success. In this Riding, at least for the foreseeable future, earning enough votes will include convincing people to vote strategically.
      I am still applauding you and Tom, by the way...

  2. I totally agree I was working a Poll on Thursday and averaged 4 votes per hour I was home by 9.30 The Poll closed at 9.00pm !!!! Why was I home so early HA HA I only had 71 ballots to count out of a possible 324!!!! Any one dare complain Oh yes Garfield the Con not Cat has said this morning A Liberal Govt is the worst one for Ontario What a JOKE He has got 4 years to stand up stay in one place and HELP Orillia Old folks are dying Young folks are not so uneducated I was proud to have 2 most polite young folks come out to DECLINE their BALLOTS Yes bless them they made a Democratic choice HOWEVER I had to write beside their name on the Official Voters List seen by the Election Officials that they declined SECRET BALLOT HEY ?? They could have spoiled the ballot or not marked the ballot put it in the box No body would have known Brave darlings that they were They chose to make a statement by declining to mark their ballots BUT and I repeat BUT they never got the chance to say WHY ???

  3. Gee...only 71 people voted from over 300 in your poll? What apathy.
    Was it a well-to-do neighbourhood or blue collar?

    I too was taken aback when Mr. Dunlop said that Ontarians had made a big mistake. This from a guy who had/has a distaste for Gay Marriage in a past campaign a decade ago. He he said that society would fall if Gays were allowed to marry. Something to that effect. Hmmm. I think the country and society is still standing.

    He must be beside himself with a Lesbian Premier- and a woman to boot.

    Ontarians made a mistake indeed! Maybe those who continually place a PC in Simcoe North have made the mistake. Does anyone here in Simcoe North really think the government will add Go service to Orillia or offer other forms of government assistance? According to Kathleen, she is here for all Ontarians, so we will have to see.

    The reality is, no matter how many pancake breakfasts Garfield organizes and how many Tories attend, it won't help us one bit provincially.

    Finally, this" making a mistake" rhetoric from a member of a party that lost seats, threatened jobs on one hand and advocated making a million of them on the other. As well he's a member of a party who's leader- Tim Hudak, had to step down as leader.

    Did you know his campaign even brought in members of America's right-wing to try to nudge those same extreme policies into Ontario.
    It didn't work, thank goodness.

    Proves that Canadians and the people of this Province of Ontario are not lovers of the extreme right- especially when it finds its roots in the U.S.

    Lastly, with regards to the young folks, I would have suggested writing "I decline" on the ballot and quietly placing it in the box.

    They should also write a letter to the Media as well as all parties involved. It does no good sitting in the corner and sulking.

    With today's media it's easy to get your voice heard. I know one elected representative- Kathleen Wynn, will listen.