Besides my simple befuddlement at this decision by the McGuinty government (the suit seems like a no-brainer to me) I'd have to think his communications people are cringing at how this story will play.
I don't know what Dalton said that resulted in the bolded portion of the paraphrasing below, but this is soo not the message you want to be sending, particularly when you're gearing up for an election next year.
But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says his government doesn't want to punish big tobacco, and warns there's “considerable doubt” about the likely success of a lawsuit.
I'm sure big tobacco appreciates that, I'm just not sure big Ontarioins, not to mention small Ontarioins and medium-sized Ontarioins, will feel the same. Nor would they really consider it punishment either, I suspect, but rather justice.
Toronto — Ontario is refusing to join six other provinces in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against big tobacco companies, and will let British Columbia lead the legal fight.
B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador all plan to sue to recover health-care costs related to smoking.