It was not exactly a revolution, but there was a definite outbreak of common sense in Ontario yesterday.
The Tim Hudak Tories’ half-baked attempt to set Ontario on a path borrowed from our Tea Party neighbours was soundly rejected by the level-headed citizens of this province.
I would like to recognize the efforts of all those ETT members who participated in this crucial election, especially those who walked the extra mile to work on the campaigns of the candidates we endorsed.
Some special mentions:
Nigel Barriffe, an ETT member, fought a strong campaign in Etobicoke North, with terrific support from many hard working ETT colleagues. Unfortunately, despite this valiant effort, Nigel was unable to stem the Liberal tide, and oust the Liberal incumbent in his riding.
Jennifer French, an activist member of the Durham ETFO Local (whom you may remember as one of the organizers of the protest at Maple Leaf Gardens a couple of years ago), took Oshawa from the PCs for the NDP.
Ann Hoggarth, a kindergarten teacher and past President of Simcoe ETFO Local, took Barrie from the PCs for the Liberals.
Rosario Marchese, a teacher who became a progressive trustee with the old Toronto Board, was first elected as an MPP in the Bob Rae government. Rosario served many years as the NDP education critic, and was always supportive of teachers. As Rosario put it, gracious as always, the Trinity-Spadina electorate gave him “the opportunity to retire.” We wish Rosario, along with his colleague Michael Prue, all the best in their future endeavours.