I have to give credit to the Ontario Liberal Machine (and that includes the leftwing media) for how they successfully stoke fear and manipulate voters.
And the renewed assault began right after the PCPO voted in favour of keeping Tim Hudak on as leader.
Martin Regg Cohn, one of the Star’s most left-leaning columnists IMHO, made a not so-subtle reference to the old Harris canard:
Delegates demanded that the road to renewal means returning to the party’s roots. Does that mean the next campaign be driven by core conservative policies that appeal to bedrock supporters but bypass Ontario’s mainstream? Significantly, Hudak gave a gushing shout-out to former premier Mike Harris in the front row, whose Tory government “did what it said it was going to do.”
Hudak may yet remake himself as a kinder, gentler leader. But if his party pulls him in the opposite direction, Ontarians will notice the disconnect.
And Education Minister Laurel Broten is also stoking the Fear Fire:
“It seems that Tim is turning very much to the right. I think that’s something Ontarians should be very concerned about,” Broten said.
[Well it wouldn't be hard to go a little 'right' when the Liberal Party is so far 'left'.]
But the strategy is brilliant. Keep the PC party from actually offering a conservative alternative. Then Ontario votes for the real Liberal party instead of Liberal-lite.
What Ontario needs right now is a party that puts principles ahead of politics. A party that focuses on what really will get us out of this fiscal hole Dalton threw us in.
Give Ontarians a real alternative. Stick to the basics. Be genuine.
Let’s just try it this once. Nothing else has worked so what have we got to lose?
And you just never know. Ontario voters may just live up to the expectation that they are smart enough to see through the Liberal hype.
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Keynesian meltdown – Terence Corcoran:
The McGuinty Liberals cannot be expected to admit that the massive stimulus balloon — which began with a $19-billion deficit in 2009-10 and has since expanded to an $80-billion-and-climbing monster that appears to be beyond control — has been a misguided disaster carried out under the influence of the finest economic minds in the country, if not the world. If a U.S. President can go crazy with US$1.5-trillion deficits, why shouldn’t the Premier of Canada’s largest province ring up $100-billion in deficits?
Ontario Liberals still avoiding their deficit diet – Scott Stinson:
If they are indicative of anything, the changes announced Monday are another sign that the McGuinty government is going to wait as long as possible before announcing initiatives that might anger anyone other than a small group of stakeholders. So far, the Premier and his Finance Minister appear ready to only go after the lowest of low-hanging fruit.