After four election cycles it's pretty much impossible to draw any conclusion other than the people of Ontario desire and want big, bad government, and the other provinces don't have much moral authority over us in that regard either. The various subsidiaries of Liberal, Inc. are going to get bigger, less ethical, and less concerned with the problems of the average voter.
The unions are going to do as they please while we peons thrash about, complaining about Liberal fear and smear campaigns terrorizing voters, never for one second stopping to realize that the reason why these campaigns are so effective is that the groundwork is already laid for them. The Liberals are just stoking the fires, not setting them. When we told Ontarians that there were going to be cuts, the people did a fine job of panicking about their entitlements on their own.
The people do not want government spending to decrease by one single solitary nickel. No cuts. None. Not now, not ever. It was a colossal mistake to assume that there were any voters there that were going to vote for cuts. But then again, the PC Party of Ontario has been trying for years to get voters to accept ideas that they have shown no interest in accepting and has failed every time.
We are about to undergo a period of governance in Ontario that is going to make Bob Rae's tenure look positively rosy. And there is no way out of the debt trap. We can flee to Alberta or Saskatchewan, where things are marginally better, for now, but as soon as the Working Families Coalition concept gets rolling over there (likely as part of the Justin Trudeau campaign) the West is going to end up like the Rest.
The rest of the "conservative" "movement" is content to sit and watch Sun News, read Mark Steyn and receive cards in the mail from the Manning Centre while blurping about the need for a "real conservative party" until Justin Trudeau takes over and orders everything shut down Chavez-style because they think the problem is Leader X, Party Y, and/or Policy Z. The problem is that the people we are trying to reach have accepted that our new union overlords determine how they're going to be voting. The problem is that people have decided that they are effectively public property and their lives are to be managed from fetus to end-of-life injection by the God-State. The problem is that across the ocean mighty powers smash countries like Ukraine like a five year old stomping on an anthill and nobody can, or really wants to, do a damn thing about it.
Kathleen Wynne drew a line in the sand during this election. She sent a message to everyone- Conservatives, NDPers who embraced populism, and even blue Liberals who wanted to see Sandra Pupatello be leader- that they could either get on board with the government's plan or stand in the corner with the Tea Party. And as we see today, that strategy was a great success. She knew that Ontarians would rather have a corrupt and profligate government that gets bailed out repeatedly by Ottawa than endure any cuts, anywhere, for any reason. No semblance of conservatism will be tolerated in the new consensus.
And as for that whole thing about how Ontario will bring the rest of Canada down with it if it doesn't get its finances in order; yes, of course it will. That's the point. That's what Kathleen Wynne wants, and that's what Ontarians want. A Canada where everyone is screwed and nobody is better off than anyone else, where nobody has to envy anyone else or feel like they are lessers. That's the dream, and they have it now.