Premier Kathleen Wynne has been vilified on social media over the last few days about her comments about what a Donald Trump Presidency would mean to Ontario.
Most of the negative comments seem to focus on many of Wynne’s policies that have irked Ontario voters, and to be sure, it’s getting to be a long list.
But Ontario voters shouldn’t let their anger for Wynne cloud the issue.
The fact is, Wynne is bang on; a Trump Presidency would be catastrophic for the Ontario economy, which, by the way, is the best performing economy in Canada these days.
But if Trump were to win, Ontario’s economic revival wouldn’t last long.
His protectionist policies would spell the end of the auto industry in Canada and the loss of thousands of jobs.
Trump has promised to erect trade barriers a lot higher than the wall he plans to build along the Mexican border and since a good deal of Ontario’s manufactured goods head south of the border, there’s a legitimate fear that more jobs would be lost.
Ordinarily, politicians stay out of other country’s elections, but Trump is not an ordinary candidate and political leaders that will bear the brunt of Trump’s wrong-headed ideas need to speak out.
There’s a lot to question about the Wynne government’s track record, but ringing the alarm bell about Trump was the right thing to do.