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Ozzie: Will he or won't he?

Monday, May 05, 2014   by: Michael Purvis

Ozzie Grandinetti is set to drop out of the provincial election before he even enters it.

Or is he?

When contacted by SooToday.com earlier today, Grandinetti said he was 90-95 percent sure he was going to take up the Progressive Conservative banner for the coming provincial election.

“I’m just putting a team in place right now. I’m just waiting for a couple more phone calls,” said Grandinetti, 41. “Whether I beat David (Orazietti) or not, I don’t know. But I hope to give him a run for his money.”

But Grandinetti called back about an hour later to say he had a change of heart.

“I want to (run). I do want to, but I have my reasons,” said the former Ward 6 city councillor. “Four weeks isn’t enough (time).”

But, then again, he said he still isn’t ruling it out.

He asks that the voting public give him until tonight to decide.

“I’m on the fence,” said Grandinetti.

Premier Kathleen Wynne called the June 12 election on Friday after it became clear NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wasn’t going to support Wynne’s minority Liberal government in passing its $130-billion budget.

So far, it’s a two-horse race in the Sault with the PCs being the only one of the big-three parties not to officially announce their candidate.

The local NDP riding association selected former Algoma U. president Celia Ross last month, and MPP David Orazietti has confirmed he will be seeking re-election under the Liberal banner.

As for what might motivate Grandinetti should he decide to run or not, he said it’s not Orazietti, who he describes as a “super individual.”

He said it’s the Liberal party’s recent track record that irks him, citing the gas plant and eHealth scandals, a growing provincial debt, and levels of taxation that are “just killing us.”

“I don’t see them doing anything to balance the budget,” said Grandinetti. “I know you’ve got to spend money to make money, but we’ve had too many manufacturing plants close in Ontario.”

Andrea Furber, president of the local PC riding association, said Monday afternoon that she expects to announce a candidate within the next 48 hours.

She declined to discuss specific candidates or how many potential candidates the party has for the riding.

Grandinetti said this isn’t the last we’ve heard from him regardless of what decision he makes about this election.

If he doesn’t find himself at Queen’s Park, he said he does plan to run in the fall for the Ward 6 council seat he lost last time around.

“I will eventually run provincially,” said Grandinetti.

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buddyjewel 5/5/2014 3:55:24 PM Report

Don't bother. You're way out of your leaque in the provincial race. According to the results of the last municipal election it appears you may also be out of your leaque in the municipal arena as well.
Regardless my vote will be for Mr.Orazietti!
Number One Son 5/5/2014 4:36:01 PM Report

Ozzie is a good guy, .... too good to be a PC. I couldn't bring myself to vote for him (or David O.) for that reason only. He is a good city councilor, ... my vote for sure there.
Mr. Poster 5/5/2014 5:25:17 PM Report

Just what we need ...a fence sitter.
molder2 5/5/2014 5:31:14 PM Report

You are the man Ozzie!!! you have my vote!
guard1 5/5/2014 5:47:32 PM Report

Ha aint that an oxymoron of a statement when Mr. Grandinetti mentions the levels of taxation that is just killing us. How many times did he vote to increase taxes when he was on city council. No disrespect for Ozzie but he is the same all the other politicians present and furture ones. They promise the world to the electorate before an election and critizise all the others like theres no tomorrow all the while knowing that they cannot deliver as said.
scottstewy123 5/5/2014 6:33:17 PM Report

I have a feeling they will parachute a candidate from another area like they did last time. And that guy spent more time in the Espanola area then here during the election.
rockbanger 5/5/2014 6:35:47 PM Report

A non-educated steelworker.. Does not fit the conservative suit.

An inexperienced teacher who won previously based on the City wanting to maintain a member on the ruling team. Red is dead.

A University President who holds a Doctorate with vast management experience.

Which candidate has the most education and ability to manage complex organizations; competently?

Not the steelworker who is not educated or the spoiled brat teacher (who has spent so much money he thinks it is actually his money)..!

We have a quality candidate in Celia Ross and it is time voters awoke and used common sense when picking our members of parliament.

One fact Ontarian's are agreeing on is the next government won't be the Red Machine again.
They have proven to be untrustworthy. The province gave them a second chance but they keep up with their fascist ways. The Liberals throw money around though like drunken sailors.. Locally they tossed huge money at St. Mary's Paper to help it go bankrupt? Or was it just giving money to friends?

The Blue Machine's Party is run by a neocon that is stating things he will never be able to deliver on. Such as jobs everywhere for everyone. No one will create long term good paying jobs on the government nickel. It is not possible.

The Orange Machine appears to be grounded in reality that it is going to take hard work, some cuts and some spending. A rational approach? That is a fresh approach. Please do not insult anyone by saying 'well Bob Rae messed up' that was 30 years ago and the current NDP is a different ideology.

Sault Ste. Marie must use logic to decide our next MPP and not put in a member of some good ol boys club.

We have a lady with huge credentials that dwarf the other candidates. That is fact.
Mr. Poster 5/5/2014 6:40:18 PM Report

I still say a Liberal minority and David O retains his seat, C. Ross was soundly defeated last time...would expect the same again. The Cons??will not matter who they run...not popular in this city.
happy camper 5/5/2014 8:43:32 PM Report

Another SNAKE in the hen house
jonesur 5/5/2014 9:05:35 PM Report

It really doesn't matter. The Sault Ste. Marie Liberal and Conservative Riding Associations have a pact to help the other, between Federal and Provincial election cycles; thus assuring one or the other achieves victory in order to shut out the NDP candidate. Not sure whether there is any endorsement from National or Provincial Leadership, but that is just local politics here in the northern swampland
HONEST1 5/5/2014 9:26:23 PM Report

Gimme me a break Ozzie!! The only thing you did in this town is stab people in the back and ripp people off.
justsomeguy 5/5/2014 9:53:50 PM Report

People keep talking about the party leaders but that is just a small portion.

What about the party platform?
What about the party voting policy (independent or vote with the party)?
What about the historical voting records?

Voting for a party because you like the leader is like buying a car just for the colour.
Retreaded 5/5/2014 10:02:22 PM Report

Maybe the GREEN PARTY deserves some consideration.
justsomeguy 5/5/2014 10:08:16 PM Report

Except there's a lot that the green party's platform doesn't address.
littlejoe 5/5/2014 11:03:50 PM Report

Ozzie I don't think your qualified for this level of government. Try out in the minor league where you can gain some
experience and respect.

'THINK ABOUT IT'
mpa 5/6/2014 6:12:52 AM Report

are you joking me!!!!!!

you barely have a grade 12 education, get a life buddy.

stick to hammering in nails cause thats about all you can do.
yomamaissofat 5/6/2014 8:04:29 AM Report

If he can't make a decision on running...how is he going to make any other decisions???!?!?
Mr. Poster 5/6/2014 8:12:13 AM Report

Not to decide...IS..to decide
riverman 5/6/2014 12:22:32 PM Report

The cruelty of some of these posters is truly disturbing. Insults are not necessary. You are a bunch of cyberbullies.
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