I figured I'd get this one out of the way now (a week or so before the PC Party of Alberta gets thrashed) because in a week or so, nobody's going to want to hear it.
In a week or so, all the talk will be about how the Wildrose is the new power in provincial politics, and everyone will be instant Wildrose fans. There will also be discussions at length about how conservatives in Ontario should follow their lead, and how the problem with the PC Party of Ontario is, and always has been, that they have the word "Progressive" in the title, and that there are too many "progressive" Red Tories in the party, and the solution is to get rid of both.
Unfortunately, purging the party of Reds is only going to solve part of the problem. There are at least three major differences I can think of that separate the Ontario political situation from that in Alberta.
First of all, from what I've seen, the PC Party of Alberta has completely taken this election on the chin. Faced with an angry electorate who wanted change, they immediately defaulted to howling about abortion. However, what is obvious to everyone, including Ontarians like me, is that the PC Party of Alberta doesn't really care about reproductive issues- they're just using them to distract people. And they're not even doing that good of a job of distracting people.
Secondly, the PC Party of Alberta seems to be liked by precisely no one. Nobody in Alberta is about to lose sleep over Alison Redford getting tossed. I don't see any Working Families Coalition ads painting Danielle Smith as a patsy for oil patch executives. I don't see the mayor of Calgary, or any mayors for that matter, standing up for Redford. (Come to think of it, Mr. Nenshi has been awfully quiet lately. Didn't he help install Redford as leader of the Alberta PC's? Hmmm.)
Finally, Albertans, to their credit, do not stand for wishy-washy government and are actively engaged in provincial politics.
I was going to write a few paragraphs showing how the situation in Ontario is different from the above, but I hardly think that's necessary. Suffice it to say that McGuinty and his cult believe that they have a God-given right to government, actively borrow from Obama's playbook and frequently treat his advisors as honoured guests despite the supposed unpopularity of that administration in the United States, will profit from Working Families Coalition largesse and a bunch of affiliated municipal people in the next election, and that it wouldn't be a surprise to anyone if most Ontarians think Bill Davis is still Premier.
Oh, and as far as asking whether McGuinty really cares about reproductive rights? That's the sort of question that only sillies like me would ask.
By the way, did you know that Dalton's dear old dad once resigned as president of an Ottawa Liberal riding association over Trudeau's position on reproductive rights? True story.
So: If the coming Wildrose victory finally gets the PCPO to stop trying to win over people who will never vote for them and start being conservatives, that's fantastic. But by itself, it's not nearly enough.