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Monday, June 18, 2007

Ontario Liberals running on 2003 Platform!

This is becoming rather funny... Dalton McGuinty's Liberals are starting out their 2007 campaign by RE-PROMISING 2003 CAMPAIGN PLEDGES!

This time, they're promising to close Ontario's coal fired power plants by 2014. Hang on... haven't we heard that one before? Wasn't that supposed to be done by 2007? Oops, hang on, that's this year... and it still hasn't happened. Well, at least he's learned one lesson... make sure your promise targets don't occur during your mandate, so you can't be accused of breaking a promise!

So, to recap...

McGuinty 2003 - "I won't raise your taxes... but I won't cut them either"
Healthcare "Premium" introduced in 2004 Budget, which has increased all our tax burdens by hundreds or thousands of dollars over the last three years... sounds like a tax increase to me!

McGuinty 2007 - "Premier Dalton McGuinty says there'll be no new taxes if he's re-elected premier in October."
Mr. McGunity, we've heard that one before.
"In what could turn out to be a defining moment in the campaign, McGuinty showed up at a downtown Toronto hotel Thursday to sign a pledge drafted by the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation that committed the Grits to standing by the Taxpayer Protection and Balanced Budget Act, which was passed by the Conservatives when Mike Harris was still premier.

"I, Dalton McGuinty, promise that if my party is elected as the next government, I will not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters," the Liberal leader vowed."
(From the CBC's Ontario Votes Election 2003 page)

McGunity 2003 - "We will close Ontario's coal fired plants by 2007"

McGuinty 2007 - "We will close Ontario's coal fired plants by 2014"
Mr. McGunity, again, we've heard that one before.

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  • At Mon. Jun. 18, 03:10:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No joke. You are SO insightful.

    Even if Dalton did something ridiculous like sponsoring a race car, he still wouldn't have a chance. BAhaahaha! Could you imagine him ACTUALLY deciding to do that?!? Only an IDIOT would do that!!!

  • At Mon. Jun. 18, 04:41:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's the gift that keeps on giving to John Tory isn't it? How can anything McGuinty promises be believed? His record speaks for itself actually.

  • At Tue. Jun. 19, 07:43:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm old enough to remember the platform on which the 1990s Conservative government, led by Mike Harris, ran. He specifically said that he wouldn't touch health care or education. In fact, at that point I would have voted for him had I been a couple of years older. But... he went on to purposely create a "crisis" in both.

    If you want to talk about broken promises, look at your own party's track record. I for one do not want to go back to the terrors of the 90s. McGuinty needs a few more years to repair the damage of the Harris/Yves years.

  • At Tue. Jun. 19, 09:26:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "If you want to talk about broken promises, look at your own party's track record. I for one do not want to go back to the terrors of the 90s. McGuinty needs a few more years to repair the damage of the Harris/Yves years."

    I keep hearing these sorts of statements, but I for one don't get them... the Harris/Eves years were great ones, for average Ontarians like myself. My taxes went down, and I did not notice any change in services... even when I went into Healthcare as both an employee and a patient.

    As for Harris' "track record", he did exactly what he said he would do... what "broken promises" are you talking about?

    I guess that's what terrified most people on the left so much... "Oh no! A politician who stands up and does what he says! What are we going to do?"

    As for causing "crisies" in various sectors, remember a couple of key things...

    1) the Education sector had been told for decades, including by Mr. Rae, to clean up their act and reform the system. The powers that be, especially in the unions, chose to stick with the status quo. So, Mr. Harris swooped in and changed the system for them... for better or for worse is up for debate.

    2) Healthcare also had become overbloated and top heavy... presently, 65%-75% of all Healthcare dollars go to salaries and benefits, NOT to the patient bedside. (of course, paying the frontline nurses providing care is in that number as well, granted) If you doubt my numbers, go and look up ANY Hospital's financial report for any of the last 5 years... go ahead, pick one, it doesn't matter, they all say pretty much the same thing.

    So, Mr. Harris told the Healthcare system, "Start cutting costs... preferably in the bloated middle management". Hospitals responded by cutting the front line nursing staff, causing their own crisis which got the unions up in arms, which lead to media outcry... again, Mr. Harris did not cause the crisis, the Hospital and union responses did.

    There is still a LOT of waste in the Healthcare sector, believe me. I've thought of starting my own business... contract myself out to Hospitals to find areas where they can cut without affecting patient care. I'll make a good living, and trust me, the Healthcare system will save MILLIONS.

  • At Tue. Jun. 19, 10:44:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Right on,CC!
    The Common Sense Revolution really rattled a few, and sadly the spending spree and administrative waste goes unchecked today. The unions are very influential.
    I just hope Tory can fill the big shoes left by Harris. So far he hasn't taken any strong stands.(He approved MPP's huge raises for example)

  • At Tue. Jun. 19, 12:44:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    Why shouldn't McGuinty recycle his 2003 promises? They're hardly used at all.


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