In reading some of the media and pundit reaction to the budget, an interesting thought occurred to me.
What do you do if you're both an Ontario and a federal Liberal? It's not necessary that you're both, but there are quite a few out there.
How do you react to these reactions?
Ontario Liberal Premier, Dalton McGuinty [via CTV]:
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is claiming a partial victory for the province in the new federal budget, saying Ottawa is working to level the fiscal fairness playing field.
"For the first time in a long, long time, Ontarians are going to receive the same amount of money for their education and social services as Canadians living in the rest of Canada," McGuinty told reporters on Tuesday.
"That too is a significant victory in terms of our fight for fairness."
Federal Liberal leader, Stéphane Dion [via, National Post]:
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion outlined on Tuesday where the federal budget failed Canadians, saying, "never has so little been done with so much."
Dion said there was no money to make Canada more competitive, no money for students, no real plan to fight climate change, no funding for aboriginal Canadians, no tax relief for average Canadians and he called the approach to equalization payments to the provinces divisive.
If, according to the Premier, Ontario is now receiving the same amount for certain social services as every other province, then this is a positive budget for Ontario Liberals. Should not Ontario Liberals be indicating to their federal counterparts in Ottawa to support it? I mean, yes, it's somewhat moot - the Bloc has already indicated it will support the budget, but symbolically, shouldn't federal Liberals from Ontario show their support for the budget?
Fundamentally, how do Ontario Liberals reconcile the possibility that their party may work better with a Conservative government in Ottawa, then they did with a federal Liberal government?