Bland Works - Jonathan Malloy

January 13, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Sociology, Discrimination
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Jonathan Malloy Carleton University

“I will have to have a new slogan: ‘Bland works.’”

Bill Davis, 1980

“The polls tell me I’m not the most popular guy. I accept that.” Dalton McGuinty, 2011

 How

has Ontario politics changed in the last 30 years? • Rotation of governing parties • Economic change • Shifts in Canadian federalism • Increasing population diversity

 Examined

through prism of political culture/political values  Sets the stage for examination of 2011 election

 Wilson

(1980): The “Red Tory” province

• Ascriptive, elitist, hierarchical, stable, cautious and

restrained  Noel

(1997)

• the imperative pursuit of economic success • assumption of pre-eminence in the Canadian

federation • requirement of managerial efficiency in government • expectation of reciprocity in political relationships • the balancing of interests

 Loyalty  Pragmatism

(“managing prosperity”)

 Identification

with Canada

 Wilson

(1997) “It does appear to be the same old Ontario.”

1985  



Poor leadership transition (rural, older image) PC division over separate school funding

1990  



Voter alienation and discontent (Meech, economy) Unpopularity of federal PCs

General pragmatic streak in Peterson majority and Rae govts



Changes can be explained by timing and windows of opportunity, rather than underlying value shifts Loyalty and pragmatism remain; identication with Canada?

 1995

PC victory unexpected

 Tone

of radical policy change

 Polarization

of Ontario politics; building on Rae years

 Harris: Idealogue

or

opportunist?  Erratic

Ernie Eves

 Political

change and polarization

 Economic

restructuring

 Federal-provincial

disputes

 Growing

racial and cultural diversity

 Loyalty?

 Pragmatism?

 Identification

Canada?

with

 Image

of bland sincerity  Platform of stability  Pragmatic leadership and policies • pursuit of economic success • assumption of Canadian pre-

eminence • managerial efficiency • reciprocity in political relationships • balancing of interests

 Reinforced

in 2007

election • PC platform offered

limited contrast • School funding: retro issue with new twist • John Tory: similar personal image to McGuinty

 Ontario

politics again about “managing prosperity” and balancing interests

 But

increasing assertiveness within Canada • “Interest in things Ontarian” (Wiseman 2007) • Mowat Centre • Fiscal imbalance issues • Popular, or just policy?

 Minority

bargaining

 Drummond

 Cuts

Report

and polarization

 Loyalty?  Pragmatism?

 Identification

Canada?  Continuing

management problems (Ornge)

with



Economic downturn • Decline of

manufacturing



Management problems • E-health • Ecotax • Energy mega-projects



PC lead in polls



But…

 PC

disconnect between “tax man” attacks and promises of continued/ increased spending

 NDP

Horwarth platform with pseudo-populist approach

 Liberals

relied on their stable policy approach





“The polls tell me I’m not the most popular guy. I accept that.”



All parties lacked serious plans for new economic and fiscal challenges Campaign and election results suggest pragmatic leadership remains key Bland worked (mostly)

 Minority

bargaining

 Drummond

 Cuts

Report

and polarization

 Loyalty?  Pragmatism?

 Identification

Canada?  Continuing

management problems (Ornge)

with

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