Scott Stinson, National Post
Whatever its merits in between writ periods, electoral reform is, in the days following a general vote, the refuge of the loser. You can always tell which party came out on the wrong end of a result by how quickly its members muse about rule changes.
In the case of Randy Hillier, the suspenders-wearing sometime-maverick PC MPP from eastern Ontario farm country, he skipped over the usual suspects like proportional representation and single-transferable vote electoral systems and went straight to the nuclear option: floating the idea that Ontario should be carved into two provinces, Toronto and Not Toronto. Or maybe the latter would be named something a little more catchy: Thunder Lonwindsawa or something. We’re just spitballing here.
As was, quite obviously, Mr. Hillier. “The time is either fast approaching or already here that Toronto ought to become a province unto its own,” he told Yahoo Canada, citing the “distinctive differences” between the province’s largest city and the rest of it.
Well, sure. There are indeed notable differences between Toronto and Not Toronto. Northern Ontarians want the right to shoot more bears, while most Torontonians would clutch their pearls tightly at the mere thought of it. Southwestern Ontario has seen its manufacturing economy devastated while the big city has largely chugged along. Rural communities remain spitting mad about the clusterfudge of the Green Energy Act, while at ground zero of the gas-plant scandal in suburban Toronto, the Liberals won easily. Read article