Rating: NNNNNAll is not well in Premier Mike's political world. The caucus, it seems, is getting restless.Stalwart Bob Runciman is.
All is not well in Premier Mike’s political world. The caucus, it seems, is getting restless.Stalwart Bob Runciman is said to be peeved that his Tory mates didn’t come out to help Alliance candidates, and he’s mulling over his political future, one Pink Palace insider says.
Tory House leader Norm Sterling is doing all he can to make sure MPP Bill Murdoch’s private member’s bill to allow free votes in the Legislature never sees the light of day.
That whopping 42-per-cent pay raise that was supposed to keep disaffected backbenchers in the fold so the Tories can hang onto their slim majority has been deep-sixed.
Policy-wise, the bash-unions, bash- teachers, bash-welfare-recipients agenda of new chief of staff Guy Giorno isn’t exactly setting post-Common Sense Revolution Ontario on fire.
And now, the family values caucus has resurfaced to push its social conservative agenda and bug Harris’s ass about abortion and all things gay.
“There are a lot of worries,” says one observer.
Tory MPP Bob Wood, the new family caucus chair, doesn’t deny that caucus tensions are percolating behind the scenes. But he says the upheaval is nothing but a sign of a “vibrant government. If there were no ideas being discussed, we’d be dead.”EDM