We're late to the table with this one -- hey, even the Political Notebook deserves a vacation in the Caribbean -- but in our absence, one especially funny press release arrived in our "in" basket.
"FINALLY MCGUINTY HIRES SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE ECONOMY," thundered a news release last Friday from Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory.
This, of course, was to hail the fact that Premier Dalton McGuinty has hired former PC premier Ernie Eves to advise on economic issues.
“Clearly Dalton McGuinty is having trouble managing the economy properly,” said Tory. “I’m pleased that he has decided to bring in a Progressive Conservative who was part of a government that oversaw a growing economy and stimulated investment in Ontario. It’s clear the McGuinty government has had a rough time in both regards.”
Er, yeah, whatever.
This would be the same Ernie Eves who led the Tories to their most disastrous electoral result since 1990 after a tumultuous 18 months in power, left the party $10 million in debt and accrued an Ontario deficit of $5.6 billion.
Of course McGuinty is rewarding him -- the eminence grease helped him become premier!
But Tory's churlish press release is most puzzling. Better to either say nothing or just praise McGuinty for making a token non-partisan appointment. By portraying Eves as a saviour of the economy, the PC leader paints himself into a bit of a corner.