26 October 2007

Sorbara Surprise

Liberal Finance Minister bails on McSlippery cabinet...

Governments don't like surprises, nor do they generally like to foist surprises on voters.

When there is a surprise announcement, there is usually a good political story behind it.

And there must be an intriguing story to be told around this afternoon's news that Ontario Finance Minister, Greg Sorbara, has decided to take a pass not only on remaining finance minister, but also on sitting in Premier Dalton McGuinty's cabinet.

RELATED: John Tory weighs in
“I think the average IQ around that cabinet table just crashed with his departure, and I’m concerned about that for the sake of the province,” said Tory.

“I just wish he’d announced he was leaving before the election. I think people would have taken a different look at the McGuinty government without the brains of the operation being there.”

Sorbara was considered to be McGuinty’s right-hand man and he has been credited with steering the party to victory in the 2003 and 2007 campaigns.

RELATED: In other Sorbara news
Two Ontario companies are suing a York region hospital alleging that plans for a proposed urgent health care centre dissolved after former Ontario finance minister Greg Sorbara used his political influence to redirect the proposal.

The plaintiffs further allege that Mr. Sorbara interfered so that the hospital would be moved to a property owned by a company to which he allegedly has ties.

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GDW said...

Who wants to be Finance Minister when the economy is sinking? Could be Sorbara wants to go sit on the backbench while the economy tanks and then offer himself for leader when McGuinty either quits or is beaten. No point sticking around and becoming implicated in the mess Dalton's about to be mired in, especially if you want the high chair yourself.

Great John Tory quote, and a welcome cold shower of realism which is having its usual effect on the unwashed. Tory's sticking around for the same reason Sorbara quit McGuinty's cabinet: he's seen the future, and it isn't saying "Dalton."

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Great comment, GDW. Very insightful. This could be a rough four years for old Dalton.

Anonymous said...

Ontario is racing towards the bottom rung of the economic ladder, Sorbara is in a better position than most to see the writing on the wall and obviously doesn't want his political career to go down with the ship.

Ontario voters don't mind being poor as long as union members are happy.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

That hospital suit puts a whole different spin on this story.

Anonymous said...

Aaah! so it's something illegal. Sorbara is a true Liberal.