Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reasons Why We Lost: Ego

There are four other Liberals running for the Speaker position as of this writing.

So either he thinks he can beat four other Liberal MPP's in a government where Liberals are the first party, or he thinks Dalton will kibosh these four, aggravating tensions within the Liberal caucus and ruining Dalton's vision of a Legislature that Moves Forward Together, or he doesn't care if he wins. If he does win, every single bill passed by McGuinty will bear his greasy fingerprints. Whatever the justification, if there is a justification, the ultimate reason is the same: Ego.

Frank Klees has forgotten that the leader leads, and everyone else follows. Maybe he didn't ever accept that. It's clear he doesn't accept that he is not leader of the party and that he probably won't ever be leader. It's clear he isn't concerned about the feelings of the people who voted for him, voted with him in caucus, and supported him in his leadership bids. Dalton can't possibly relish the thought of having this guy decide whether he moves forward with his agenda or not.

But there's a bigger problem here: This man made it to the third round of voting in 2009. Were people not aware of what kind of an individual this man was and is, or did they just get swept up in their own vision of what a conservative looks like? And if enough people in our party can be fooled into voting for this guy to almost vault him into the leadership, then how do we all individually decide that we have the golden idea, and that our own Conservative Principles are enough to get Ontarians to vote for us?

Here's the thing people- none of us, myself included, have the answers for how to get back on top in this province yet, because if we did, we'd be there. That's what these posts are about- trying to find the answer. Frank Klees thought he had the answer, and now he's getting crap rained on him- and all for what?

Both Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had maintained their members would not seek the prestigious $152,914-a-year post of speaker — which includes a lavish suite of offices and a private apartment at Queen’s Park — for fear of undercutting their own odds of defeating McGuinty when the time is right.

Mmm-hmm. But I don't want Klees to be kicked out of the party. That would be letting my ego run away with me. I want him to lose, and then sit without a critic post, for however long he decides to stay there, alone, without any support from the people he betrayed.

We need fewer Franks, and more people who will put their egos aside for the good of the party.


  1. Tory MPP stands to cash in on green energy deal his party wants to axe
    Published On Fri May 13 2011Email Print
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    Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees, pictured in this June 2009 photo, has a financial interest in a green energy project. His party has vowed to trim such projects if it becomes government in October.

    Richard J. Brennan
    National Affairs Writer
    A veteran MPP in his caucus stands to cash in on a green energy plan that his boss, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, wants to scrap or pare back.

    In the latest pre-election volley, the Liberal government issued a press release Friday stating that MPP Frank Klees sits on the board of directors of an energy company that has filed an application for a FIT (feed in tariff) contract with respect to the Mar Wind Project, a huge wind turbine project on the Bruce Peninsula.

    Hudak announced earlier this week that he would scrap the controversial $7-billion Samsung wind and solar energy deal signed by the Liberals and would only honour those contracts already signed with smaller producers to supply green energy to the Ontario electricity grid.

    Klees sits on the board of Tribute Resources and holds stock options in the company based on information supplied in the MPP’s 2010 public disclosure statements.

    “Klees is thumbing his nose at his rookie leader in support of the McGuinty Liberal plan for Ontario to replace dirty coal with clean energy and make the province a world leader in clean energy jobs and innovation,” the Liberal release states.

    A spokeswoman for the Conservatives told the Star that Newmarket-Aurora MPP is onside with the party policy, despite his financial interests.

    “It’s not big deal,” she said.

    Hudak said he doesn’t care if Klees stands to profit from green energy.

    “Everybody is going to be treated the same,” Hudak said, adding that it is well-known Klees is in the energy business.

  2. Not that he deserves to survive the leadership review,but to have any faint hope Hudak has to fire the:
    Director of Political Operations
    Party Executive Director
    Campaign Manager
    This collection of morons appointed and parachuted in 15 "Star" candidates
    into ridings that they were not known in. This resulted in local party anger and
    All of these "Stars" turned out to be meteors and lost the election.
    Tim and his flunkies forgot about the "roots" in "grassroots".
    The epilogue to the "CHANGE BOOK".


  3. Tim needs to do this and the party needs to do that.

    What, good sir or madam, are YOU doing?