The consensus media outlets are obviously engaged in a full-court press to get McGuinty’s Liberals re-elected in October.
So when I read John Ivison’s column (McGuinty says he’ll stay full four years if re-elected) I wasn’t surprised that he gave Dalton a free pass with all the soft-ball questions.
But when McGuinty has the sheer audacity to say that “we have amassed a deficit for all the right reasons”, I have to take issue.
According to the Fraser Institute Dalton McGuinty has the second-worst fiscal record of all the premiers in the country:
The Liberal leader did a “bad job” of restraining government spending as well as with dealing with Ontario’s deficit, said Fraser policy analyst Charles Lammam.
“Ontario has been in deficit for the last few years and the plan is for Ontario to be in deficit for the next six years, so this reflects poorly on his performance,” said Lamman, co-author of Fraser’s evaluation of Canada’s premiers. “If there is increasing levels of debt, then more tax dollars are going to be spent on reducing that debt, and less money available for public services and tax relief, which Ontario does need to improve its competitiveness on.”
Finally, Ivison says that McGuinty’s “proud of what Ontarians have been able to accomplish in the last eight years”.
Well that would be in spite of him; not because of him.
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McGuinty hellbent on renewable energy. Hang onto your wallets!!! (See Steve Paikin’s blog)
Also please check out Crux of the Matter – The Dalton McGuinty Liberals do not deserve to be re-elected.
Ivison tries to redeem himself by going after all three leaders – Ontario’s bipartisan spending spree. Fair criticism for the most part. I think we need a candidate who promises nothing other than to try not to screw up.
Dalton’s ‘green’ jobs a myth – Sun editorial preview:
Premier Dalton McGuinty recently challenged PC Leader Tim Hudak to look green energy workers “in the eyes” and tell them “I’m killing your future.”
We, challenge McGuinty to do this:
Look all Ontario workers in the eyes and tell them why you’re killing three times as many of their jobs through your reckless public subsidy of green energy...