Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Cost of Liberal Broken Promises

I've thought more about the cost of the Ontario Liberals broken promises (see my previous post, $2,414,431). It's not nearly enough for the Ontario Liberals to just merely break their promises to Ontario, they want you to pay for it too.

The $2.4 million is not the only bill the Ontario Liberals sent to your wallet; the cities of Ottawa and Toronto are also impacted.

Ottawa Citizen, City to fight order to pay transit workers' health premiums, via Google:
The City of Ottawa is preparing to challenge a multi-million-dollar decision forcing it to pay the provincial health premiums for about 2,000 unionized OC Transpo workers.

The workers -- drivers, mechanics and labourers -- successfully argued that an old clause in their contract shielded them from paying the Liberal government's wildly unpopular health tax. The arbitration decision could cost the city $4.5 million and $1.5 million per year in the future.

CTV Toronto, TTC workers don't have to pay Ontario health tax:
Unionized TTC workers will not have to pay Ontario's annual health tax because of wording in its 35-year-old contract


The decision by the high court, which did not give a reason for not hearing the case, puts Toronto taxpayers on the hook for $6 million a year.

TTC Chairman Adam Giambrone also said the cash-strapped city expects to pay $15 million in back pay to workers. He was disappointed by the ruling.

It's gone beyond simple partisan shots to simply suggest that the Ontario Liberals will just break an election promise, because it's clearly not enough for them. They want to charge you for the privilege.

They want you to pay for services undelivered - services they promised to deliver.

They want you to pay for someone else's taxes - taxes they said they would not raise.

They complain that the Progressive Conservative platform is not costed. How well costed are the Liberal promises? Do they account for the costs when they break their promises?

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