Wow. Suddenly the happy-go-lucky Liberals have turned into a bunch of cranky-pants.
We've got Liberal leadership contenders squaring off on the issues that matter, like what to do about spiking energy costs. Chris Bentley favours the time tested do-nothing Liberal approach. Dwight Duncan wants the mad-as-hell, sell-out-Liberal-principles business friendly approach. Naturally, Bentley carried the day, while Duncan continues to nurse his Paul Martinesque leadership ambitions.
This report suggests Deb Matthews has a looming battle with doctors, while Laurel Broten is trying to bully teachers back to the bargaining table. Even the firefighters- a bedrock Liberal constituency if there ever was one- are in a dispute with Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur over whether to allow sprinklers in seniors' homes.
Heck, even those ministers that are typically kept quiet are getting into scrapes these days. Take Minister of Consumer Services Margarett Best, who decided recently that protecting Ontarians from high cell phone bills would be a great way to show those mean ol' private businesses who's boss. (Understand, of course, that because the government gets a bigger cut of hydro rates and gas prices, they think it's perfectly acceptable for those to be through the roof.)
What could be behind this sudden reversal? Surely not a poll that puts the Liberals in 3rd place?
Do I dare to hope? Have Ontarians finally had enough of these bums? Or are they just going to keep on taking it?
Time will tell.