Dalton McGuinty, Premier, Realist
Torontoist found himself nodding along in agreement with Gord Perks’ latest column in Eye which goes on at some length on how politicians, and most importantly Premier McGuinty, is continuously telling the City that many of our priorities (transit, downloading, etc.) are political impossibilities.
Dale Duncan, on the Eye blog, keeps up this train of thought with some quick research. Premier McGuinty, it seems would love to fix all of our problems but can’t. “Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to let us know that he means well. He’s on our side, but his hands are tied,” Duncan writes in her post. She goes on to cite the number of times the Premier has tried to assuage us of his good intentions but inability to get anything done (the phrase “ideal world” has come out of Premier McGuinty’s mouth five times in the last five months or so). It’s a failure of political vision and leadership that’s just getting tiresome.
In an ideal world, it seems, we’d get a premier and a provincial government that’ll treat the city fairly and get things done for us, the people who elected them. But like the Premier said, we don’t live in that world, we live in this one.