So does this mean conservatism in Ontario is dead?

Short answer is no. But a certain type of conservatism certainly died with this election — namely fiscal conservatism. Unless Premier Wynne decides to back track on her campaign commitments, the idea that the state should live within its means and should balance its budget is now certainly out of fashion in Ontario, and the consequences will be felt almost immediately and will reverberate for years to come.

Andrew Coyne published a terrific piece in the National Post on the Friday after the election in which he concluded precisely that fiscal conservatism had lost. And he challenged the Premier to implement her ruinous budget.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/06/13/andrew-coyne-the-ontario-election-was-a-referendum-on-fiscal-conservatism-and-fiscal-conservatism-lost/

But over the longer term, conservatism — including fiscal conservatism — will return to favour.

 

 

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