Monday, August 13, 2007

Dalton McGuinty Will Raise Taxes

I've come to the conclusion that Dalton McGuinty will raise our taxes, if he's re-elected on October 10, 2007. This goes beyond simply arguing that Mr. McGuinty has problems keeping his election commitments (although, that does help).

This thought of mine has been on my mind for some time now:

Mr. McGuinty indicated that his new government was unaware of the financial health of the province and that money due for needed services was unavailable. So, he broke his promise not to raise taxes to address the "social deficit".

Well, now, presumably, he is aware of the financial health of the province, as his ongoing struggle over the fiscal imbalance seems to indicate.

And, that fight has not ended.

Dalton McGuinty, while able to find money for autism lawsuits, pitbull bans, and cricket clubs, still cannot find money to fix the so-called social deficit which he promised to fix in 2003. This was his justification for raising our taxes with the so called "health premium" in his first budget.

Dalton McGuinty is publicly attacking the federal Conservatives over what he sees as unfair treatment under employment insurance. It's obviously a transparent attempt to show the province that Mr. McGuinty is trying to "do something" in light of Ontario's sagging economy. It will accomplish little, if anything, before the election. Superficially, it will keep a certain high profile supporter of Mr. McGuinty on side.

Add to this the number of times the federal government shows up in Ontario Liberal election promises - most notably in their transit promise (where the federal government is to provide a third of the cost).

Add to this the fight on the municipal front from Toronto and Ottawa for more funding for infrastructure, social services and transit. The Premier has told municipalities that there is no money, and that, especially with Toronto, to "grow up and raise taxes".

By being in a constant state of conflict with both municipalities and the federal government, Mr. McGuinty is likely setting us up so that he can do what he does best: blame someone else for his policy (in)decisions.

It's a common theme with the Ontario Liberal Party. Any time they are unable or unwilling to deliver on one of their campaign or project announcements it is because of everybody and everything else, except Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party.

This is why I believe that Dalton McGuinty has a "social deficit premium" in the wings for the next budget, should he form government.

There is a very simple way to relieve Mr. McGuinty of the pressure to set us up this way; simply do not elect Ontario Liberals in October.

6 comments:

Steve V said...

The difference this time, McGuinty's government isn't making campaign promises, based on deficit LIES from his predecessors. You can't look at the tax increase "broken promise", without acknowledging that McGuinty was given false information, from which to base his policies. The real story in the "broken promise" headline, the Conservative government cooked the books to create a false sense of financial health. You can't blame McGuinty for changing his approach, when faced with the LIE. Thems the facts, the rest is just disingenious, partisan crap, with no relationship to the truth.

Jim said...

Thems the facts, the rest is just disingenious, partisan crap, with no relationship to the truth.

I noticed, however, you didn't disagree with me.

If it's conceivable to you that it is necessary that a Premier must break election promises, and let's say for argument's sake that the case is justifiable, why is it necessary for this Premier to make this promise at all?

That is the definition of disingenuous partisan crap.

Steve V said...

"I noticed, however, you didn't disagree with me."

Actually I did, if you can see through those Tory colored glasses. McGuinty won't break his promise on taxes, because he actually has REAL fiscal information, that he can count on.

In the last election, only one entity broke its word, and that is the LYING Conservative Party, who misled Ontarians, with their DECEIT. You can't break a promise, when you based that promise on a lie, which you had no knowledge. Only a complete moron would carry on, despite new information, which is devastating to the bottomline. In fact, McGuinty took responsiblity for the Conservative LIES. You can spin all day, and the sad part, this notion has taken root, but there is no truth behind it, none whatsoever. Why don't you pick the coal fired plants instead, at least you have some factual basis, as opposed to this FALSE propaganda.

Jim said...

I said right at the beginning of this post that "this goes beyond simply arguing that Mr. McGuinty has problems keeping his election commitments (although, that does help)." I admit, it's a partisan shot, but I'm not arguing that Dalton McGuinty will raise taxes because he's a LIAR.

I'm arguing that he will raise taxes because he says the province needs money and the feds won't give him any.

So, I'll ask again.

If it's conceivable to you that it is necessary that a Premier must break election promises, and let's say for argument's sake that the case is justifiable, why is it necessary for this Premier to make this promise at all?

Dustin Leath said...

Hey,

Just found this on John Tory’s campaign site. Looks like he’s taking the Hillary Clinton Theme Song Contest and put a bit of a twist on it.

I think this is hilarious, thought you may like it too.

Perhaps a song about raising taxes would be good.

http://www.leadershipmatters.ca/

More info on the contest here:

http://www.leadershipmatters.ca/takeaction/daltonssong/

And if you haven’t already - check out my blog at: http://www.speakontario.blogspot.com/

Steve V said...

Jim

You are arguing a hypothetical, and using a dubious example to suggest a pattern. One example that doesn't pass the sniff test, and a projection of possibilities. Hardly convincing in IMHO.