Friday the 13th, a full moon, a new Liberal majority government—it's already a jam-packed day and it's barely begun! In the news: Kathleen Wynne is victorious, the Sam the Record Man sign may be moving, and London Mayor Joe Fontana awaits his trial verdict today.
Last night’s provincial election brought in a Liberal majority, with both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP losing ground as the Liberals swept the GTA and captured 59 of 107 seats. PC leader Tim Hudak has decided to step down, although NDP leader Andrea Horwath says she will stay put (even though she triggered the losing-cause election by refusing to support the Liberal budget). Bad math and a promise to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs comprised the bulk of Hudak’s message, which evidently did not resonate with voters. The NDP, meanwhile, took a populist turn and ended up sounding like PC-lite for much of the campaign, with promises to cut government waste and support job creators. Despite their unsavoury past, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals seem to have won either on the strength of their leader, their progressive budget, or the fact that the other two options were simply too awful to bear.
The iconic Sam the Record Man sign may soon see the light of day, above Dundas Square. City council will debate a proposal to place the sign atop the City-owned building at 277 Victoria Street. But the City plans to sell that building, meaning if the sign is put there it will be taken down at some point in the next 15 years. The sign has been in storage since 2008, when Ryerson University bought and tore down the old Sam the Record Man store at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets in order to build a new campus building, with a promise to refurbish and display the sign. Ryerson backed away from that promise, contending that the sign didn’t fit the planned building’s design.
London, Ontario, Mayor Joe Fontana is on trial for fraud and breach of trust relating to an incident while he was a Liberal MP, and expects the verdict today. Fontana held a reception for Ralph Goodale, Liberal MP and then-finance minister, in 2005, at the same location as his son’s wedding. He later altered an invoice from the wedding to look like it was related to the Goodale reception, and paid a deposit of $1,700 to the Marconi Club with a Government of Canada cheque.