A couple of things before I get started. No, I’m not back from my hiatus. However this Ontario election is extremely important not just for Ontarians but also for anyone paying taxes in Canada and having to support a Have-Not province.
What I plan to do here is highlight critical articles as I come across them. They’ll mostly be from an economic perspective because after all, that’s what drives jobs and provides tax revenue for governments to spend on whatever it is they perceive to be important to residents and taxpayers.
I won’t be allowing comments at this point because that requires time and energy that I just don’t have right now. However Twitter is also a medium for discussion and the plus for me is that I don’t have to vet comments with a concern about legal repercussions.
So after you read the articles you can discuss them with friends, family or on other social media forums if they interest you.
The first piece I want to highlight is this excellent article by Harrison Ruess: Hudak’s public sector cuts are Economics-101 (Sun). I found this to be an exceptionally easy to understand analysis of the concern of over-investment in the public sector.
Ruess explains the bloating:
“The public sector in Ontario has ballooned under former Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty and current Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. In fact it’s added a staggering 100,000 public jobs in only the last five years. That’s an expansion of about 10% – growth not matched by population numbers or the private sector, not by a long shot.”
He goes on to explain the economic imbalance that can occur if the public sector becomes too heavy and how it impacts us all in a negative fashion.
These are solid arguments to present to your family, friends and colleagues if you’re in an election discussion.
Well thanks taking the time to get through all this. More to follow in coming days.
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Also worth checking out:
Ontario Election: Business vs. Labour. (Sun)
Proof Tim Hudak’s “Million Job Plan” CAN indeed work! – Crux of the Matter:
The problem we have now is an over-abundance of public service workers — which is totally the fault of the Liberals, not the Tories. They allowed the Ontario public service to hire 100,000 people just since 2008/9. What were the Liberals thinking? Hiring like there was no tomorrow right in the middle of the worst resession since the 1930s.
Indeed. And now Kathleen Wynne wants you to believe that losing some excess public service jobs through attrition would be the end of the world. Well yeah, maybe for her union boss friends.
Russ Campbell also has an excellent post here – On June 12 Ontarians have chance to choose a better way:
Option a: choose more of the high-tax, high-debt, low economic performance of the Liberals and New Democrats, a.k.a., tight job market and, basically, more of the same.
Option b: choose Tim Hudak’s version of an economically strong Ontario with a government sized appropriately for our needs and means, a.k.a. a return to the days of responsible government, of jobs and prosperity that result from prudent fiscal management.
We need a Strong, Majority, Progressive-Conservative Ontario Government. Nothing less will do.