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Former Ontario Premier William Davis smoking his pipe at news conference in Toronto, August 3, 1983.
Former Ontario Premier William Davis smoking his pipe at news conference in Toronto, August 3, 1983.
(Edward Regan/The Globe and Mail)

Ontario’s lost swagger: It’s now a have-not province with a don’t-want election

Something happened to Canada’s largest province well before this June 12th election was even called.

Ontario lost its swagger.

One former provincial cabinet minister likens the mood to what Keith Spicer found more than 20 years ago when his Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future took the pulse of the nation and found it very weak indeed.