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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, September 29, 2003


Where it went wrong for Oilcan

Toronto Star provincial affairs writer Ian Urquhart pinpoints the first error in Ernie Eves' campaign for premier. For Urquhart, it all went wrong when Eves didn't call a snap election immediately after winning the leadership of the Ontario PC Party last year.

Makes a certain amount of sense. Eves ran for the Tory leadership on a platform of being less confrontational and less revolutionary than predecessor Mike Harris. The hardcore ideologues (affectionately known as the Little Shits) didn't back Eves then, and have served him poorly since. Oilcan was basking in the afterglow of his win and every pundit, Linda McQuaig excepted, swearing that this was the end of the Common Sense Revolution, for good or bad. You could have seen a repeat of the 1996 BC election -- a worn-out provincial government swimming in scandals of various sorts wins an election that it had no business winning thanks to a new leader and a supposed new way of doing things.

Oh well, 20/20 hindsight and all that. As it stands, Oilcan's going down, and Ontarians might actually get a little peace out of their government instead of the pattern of the last eight years where the government targetted certain groups (welfare recipients, immigrants, teachers, organized labour) and declared war on them in the name of the Common Man.
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