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Don’t bet on co-operation

Ontario’s newest premier, Kathleen Wynne, was sworn in on Monday, promising a new age of co-operation and compromise with the minority government at Queen’s Park.

But the electorate shouldn’t hold its breath that there will be a lot of that put into practice. Chilly relations would suggest that we’ll see another provincial election sooner rather than later.

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has been on the campaign trail since provincial legislature was prorogued, with Tory leader Tim Hudak dropping off new white papers like snowflakes — no two are alike and he’s trying to see which ones stick.

His Pathways to Prosperity proposals have been somewhat controversial, but the trial balloons that eventually fly with the electorate will form the platform of the PC’s next provincial campaign.

And they’re wasting no time getting prepared for the next race. Tracey Weiler was recently declared the Ontario PC  candidate for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding. The Tories might have lost the local byelection, but they are putting their pieces into place for another run in a general election.

The NDP are seen by some as the only willing partners for compromise in the legislature, but they might be unwilling partners at best. NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s failure to show up for Wynne’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday revealed a cool attitude toward the idea of building a relationship with the governing Liberals.

The NDP leader said she had a prior engagement, but the failure to follow protocol and offer a little respect for the office had some seeing it as a snub.

You can’t blame the opposition parties for some of that ill will, what with the smugness shown by the governing Liberals and their major minority.

But it suggests that when the legislature is recalled on Feb. 19, it might not be around for long.

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