By Ross Kentner
These are tough times to be a Liberal. Any kind of Liberal. I mean, you could be a federal Liberal who long since switched your allegiance provincially. Or as recently as last week after Provincial Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, gave her forensic audit of Premier Wynne's "Fair Hydro Plan." In order to borrow another 21-billion dollars and still talk about balancing the budget, Ms. Wynne is treating the debt as an asset for accounting purposes. Ms. Lysyk says what the Liberals have done would be unacceptable in the private sector and, in her view, is also unacceptable in the public sector.
Even being a federal Liberal got a lot tougher last week. We learned that Finance Minister Bill Morneau didn't put his assets in a blind trust as he left the impression he would. The fact that he owns a pension company and is designing pension legislation is a bit of a non-stater when he wants McDonald workers to pay for their hamburger at lunch. Did I mention he forgot that he owns a villa in the South of France?
Last week, one Liberal I rather liked, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, ushered in a regressive law to punish Muslim women who wear face coverings. And the best known Liberal dragged his feet condemning the nasty business. These are tough times to be a Liberal.