Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was re-elected one seat shy of a majority government Thursday, meaning unless someone defects, he will need the support of another party to pass his legislation. Today's poll question; what's worse? A Liberal majority government, or a Liberal minority government supported by the NDP? If you live in Ontario, the worst case scenario is Dalton McGuinty walking around with an NDP wish list in his pocket at budget time. Remember Paul Martin's "NDP Budget"? For as awful as Dalton has been on his own, how bad would things get if he's pulled even farther to the left? Frankly it would almost be better if Dalton had a majority than if he's propped up by Dippers.
It would be very smart if Hudak and the Tories work hard to negotiate legislation with McGuinty, even if it means compromising on some issues. Then in the next election you can talk about how you worked with the government to try and restore some semblance of fiscal sanity to Ontario. Perhaps Tim Hudak hasn't been a great leader, but he's been far better than the last guy and he only lost by 2% of the popular vote. The nature of Ontario politics is such that the public needs time to get to know a leader before electing them to the highest office. If the PCs want to switch leaders every time they lose an election like the federal Liberals, it is hard to gain traction. There is no great messiah coming around the corner. You might need to learn to love Tea Party Tim.
Perhaps the re-election of Dalton McGuinty is great news for federal Tories, as it will be easier for Stephen Harper to carry Ontario in 2015 with McGuinty sitting in Queen's Park.