Premier Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s very own version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
And it’s not by mistake. She has always cultivated a bipolar political persona depending on political expediency. Wynne the Nice. Wynne the Mean.
Then there’s the other Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde version, rubbing shoulders with Wynne, supposedly caring for, and protecting the Ontario underdog, just like Wynne. Deputy Premier Deb Matthew acts as bookend to Wynne.
They’re our self-styled “grandmothers” and nurturers.
Mathews once proclaimed “the grandmothers are in charge. I like to think that grandmas are tough, but fair. Firm but kind. And always willing to listen.”
Bullshit baffles brains, I say.
But just as easily, Wynne can turn on the mean switch and Kathleen the “Fire and Fury” tyrant takes over. She’s quick to falsely label Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown a Trumpist to besmirch his reputation and take the high moral ground. Yet, she won’t hesitate to sue him when her feelings are hurt.
And Wynne’s toadies follow suit. For example, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn chimed in: “Unfortunately, it appears that some employers are abandoning the spirit of this legislation, and some may even be doing more than that,” he said last Monday. “The stories we’ve all heard over the past week have not only been disappointing but, quite frankly, they’ve made the premier, myself and others in this province angry.
“Angered” the premier, Her Majesty, Mr. Hyde? Mon Dieu! Very much Marie Antoinette indeed. Hide for cover.
Wynne’s fight with Tim Horton’s franchisees who just started squeezing employees after facing a sudden 21% increase in minimum wage transformed into Wynne the Mean. And angered her, to boot.
The franchisees, much to Wynne’s furor, cut back on some benefits to absorb the 21% hit. They were hardly the only ones that took financially mitigating measures.
And estimates of job losses as a result of the sharp increase in the minimum wage range from 42,000 to 60,000 in the next 12 to 18 months. There appears to be consensus by economists that in the long run things will settle down. But tell that to the tens of thousands of employees about to be sacked or to see job seekers openings vanish. Understandably, small businesses need a period of adjustment.
Why suddenly do we need to increase the minimum wage by about 30 per cent within an 18-month period? Because, plain and simple, we’re having an election in less than 5 months. What as spectacular way to buy votes.
But it didn’t stop Wynne from lashing out on Twitter, à la Donald Trump, writing “I was upset to read how Ron Joyce Jr – whose family sold Tim Horton’s for billions of dollars – is treating his employees in response to the minimum wage. If he wants to pick a fight I urge him to leave his employees out of it. I’m right here.”
Although she tweeted it at 3:54pm and not 3:54am, unlike Trump’s similar over-the-top tweets, it caused raised eyebrows. What was Wynne proposing? Some kind of tweet war? Hand-to-hand combat? We can only speculate, but the tweet was silly and needlessly bellicose. It was the kind of reckless tweets that divides people and invites Tim Horton’s patrons to revolt against their coffee place of choice.
Overall, if Wynne has any chance of winning the next election, she needs to tone down her political extremism. She swings one way, then another. I don’t think she even knows where she stands when she wakes up to the morning. She likely takes her cues from her political advisors who need to sharpen their pencils because they are not making the cut.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies