After hearing last Friday’s Federal Throne Speech I remembered a word that I hadn’t thought of for a long time – the word is “Mandate”. When I was a younger man, a political mandate was where, at election time, the various parties would lay out their platforms to the voters, and the voters could assess which they liked best and vote for that party. The parties platform was to be incorporated into a vision of what they saw that they could do for Canada and Canadians.
Today, we seem to have lost sight of the “Vision for Canada”, and in our recent past, our politicians have pretty much mishandled their “mandate” for governance. To Justin Trudeau’s credit ( I’m non partisan ), he laid out quite a spread of things he offered to Canadians, as a Leader and as a Party. Where I am cautiously impressed, for the time being is, that after he won his resounding Majority, he didn’t turn his Mandate into the typical “I have a majority, therefore, I will do whatever I please to do” attitude of governance. Yes, Trudeau said that he would bring 25,000 Syrian Refugees to Canada during the election, but when there was a great fear and trepidation over the security of the tight timetable, he allowed for the Peoples’ will to be heard and he responded with an extended timetable. We have not heard any clamour over security since the extension of time was added.
By sharp contrast, Ontarians also have another Liberal Majority winner to watch, in Kathleen Wynne. She had the disrespect for Ontarians to run on the narrowest of campaigns, merely to stop Tim Hudak and his job cuts. Any issues were secondary to that message. Today, despite the fact that she never mentioned it during the election, Wynne is selling Hydro One disregarding the fact that more than 80% of the Ontario electorate disapprove of the sale. And she is acting unapologetic. In her mind, she has a mandate to do what she damn well feels to do. Period. It didn’t take her 10 years to disregard the voters and become arrogant.
Voters should get to understand that word “Mandate”, to compare how they are going to be treated after the win of the government. Perhaps this is a better instrument of decision for voters to take, because it is closer to the result of how we will be governed than anything the political leaders say. We know that the rogues will say anything to get elected.
Perhaps justified should be added to mandate, that we will accept from them to do what is justified in what they have said in that they will do. Now, to wrestle the power of an actual say out of their hands is quite a bigger fight.
A message to Ontarians, I believe that Wynne got that arrogant so quickly because after the election win, despite the 5 scandals the Liberals had perpetrated before the election, Ontarians were bamboozled to vote for Wynn and her Liberals. Frankly, she and her party should never been allowed to win the election. For the sake of the scandals, the Liberals should have been soundly punished at the polls. I believe that Kathleen has it in her mind that she hoodwinked the electorate and so she is smarter than us and can do as she pleases. That is why Ontarians CANNOT permit her to sell Hydro One. That would only reinforce her belief that she has a free hand to do as she pleases. This is a dangerous state to allow a Government, with poor judgement to have a free hand on your lives, and your wallets.