October 11, 2017 7:00 am
Updated: October 11, 2017 9:51 am

Scott Thompson: Key Liberals bolting as fast as Ontario voters

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talks to media after appearing as a witness in the Election Act bribery trial in Sudbury, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.


Key Liberal advisers and colleagues are leaving Premier Kathleen Wynne’s party as fast as Ontario voters themselves.

Echoing recent polls, or perhaps taking their cues from them, many elected Liberals are deciding not to run in the next election.

Speculation is they see the writing on the wall and are getting out while they can on their own terms, instead of defeat by election.

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If you have a good offer, go!

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Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals are the latest to bolt, joining the half dozen or so top performers who have seen the light in the last few months.

The premier thanked the two for their service to the public, as she should, who will retire from elected life.

More confirmation the party’s ideas are as old as its leaders and it’s time for change from the top down.

When governments are in power too long they become complacent and forget who and what got them there.

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Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have the same problem Dalton McGuinty’s did: lack of accountability and due diligence.

The electricity file is just one of many examples of this.

Another reminder we have already put more than a new coat paint on this red relic, and it’s time to trade it in.

Scott Thompson is the host of the Scott Thompson Show on AM 900 CHML.

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