Good Riddance, Smitherman. You can have him, Toronto.

Smitherman Quits Ontario Cabinet
CTV Toronto

Some analysts believe that Smitherman’s announcement was hastened by a recent dust-up at Queen’s Park, in which Smitherman was confronted about his dealings with the Samsung Group.

Smitherman had been courting the South Korean industrial giant for a deal to build a multi-billion dollar wind turbine facility in the province.

However, McGuinty stalled the agreement amid concern that too much provincial cash would be used to subsidize the deal.

During one caucus meeting, Smitherman was reportedly attacked by his colleagues about the deal’s specifics.

There’s no Such Thing as an Indispensible Man
Jim Coyle, The Hamilton Spectator

But Smitherman is now all but out the door. And the truth is there will be few tears. As one Liberal said, “take away the gay and he’s a centre-right guy who likes to throw his weight around.”

For too long, Smitherman set an unfortunate example for more junior ministers of knee-jerk partisanship, robo-rhetoric over reflection, the bloviated shouting down of any and all critics.

For too long, too much power had been centred in the hands of one man, while talented MPPs twiddled their thumbs and the face of the McGuinty government grew more tired and cynical by the day.

Smitherman Quits Ontario Cabinet
CTV Toronto

Some analysts believe that Smitherman’s announcement was hastened by a recent dust-up at Queen’s Park, in which Smitherman was confronted about his dealings with the Samsung Group.

Smitherman had been courting the South Korean industrial giant for a deal to build a multi-billion dollar wind turbine facility in the province.

However, McGuinty stalled the agreement amid concern that too much provincial cash would be used to subsidize the deal.

During one caucus meeting, Smitherman was reportedly attacked by his colleagues about the deal’s specifics.

Smitherman was the Minister responsible for eHealth during the lion's share of the scandal and was also the Minister responsible for OLG boondoggle.

Smitherman was largely responsible for pushing through the wind industry lobby bill known as the GEA. He was also the Minister responsible for eHealth during the lion's share of the scandal. And let us not forget the OLG boondoggle.

3 thoughts on “Good Riddance, Smitherman. You can have him, Toronto.

  1. Not only should he made “accountable” he should be charged with “Misappropriation of Funds”.

    The Auditors reopret must be followed up with an invesdtigation by a formal legal initiative. To be allowed to continue “skinning” the Ontario Taxpayers without any type of punishment is no better than saying “carry on as usual”.

    Tell the workers who have lost their jobs and now their EI has run out that their Government Reps have “pissed away” one thousand millions of their hard earned dollars on 300 close friends!

  2. — and if he becomes Mayor of Toronto our current government will have even better control over Ontario’s destiny.

  3. Throughout his political career Smitherman’s
    modus operandi has been that the end justifies
    the means. Regardless of his portfolio, the facts
    would prove that his overzealous approach in
    “getting things done” has lead to gross abuse of
    taxpayer’s funds. One would hope that the
    Provincial Opposition would be taking a close look at the money trail within the Ministry of Energy
    and Infrastructure.

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