I agree 100% with Dan's hunch that Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is using his position as federal finance minister to launch a campaign to take over the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
And this latest escapade further cements that hunch, in my opinion.
I can't help but feel that he wants Ontario's economy to falter, in order to launch a bid to "rescue" Ontario from Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The old manufacturing a crisis trick.
Prove me wrong, Jim - prove me wrong.
The federal finance minister (especially, one that is supposedly conservative) should not be commenting on the hypothetical contents of a provincial budget unless s/he is going to do so for every province and territory - and in doing so, only in the context of the federal economy.
Further, taking partisan shots at the Premier of this province is just unseemly.