Wynne’s promises are all suspect
Here is Premier Kathleen Wynne’s notso-secret strategy for winning the June, 2018, Ontario election.
She will portray Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown as a right-wing dinosaur and steal NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s political promises, while declaring she alone can stop the threat a PC government would pose to Ontario.
Because that’s what she did the last time (with a different PC leader) and it worked.
Liberals always run from the left and then suffer from political amnesia, post-election.
In the 2014 vote, in order to outflank Horwath on the left, Wynne accused the NDP of running on a “Rob Ford-like list of populist, disconnected ideas as their platform.”
At the time, Horwath’s election promises included such “populist” and “disconnected” ideas as removing the 8% provincial portion of the HST from hydro bills.
If that sounds familiar, it should, because Wynne did it after the election.
But Wynne didn’t just steal Horwath’s promises post-election.
She adopted them before the election, promising to implement the NDP’s demand for a 15% cut to auto insurance rates by August, 2015, in return for the NDP approving her 2013 budget.
Post-election, after Wynne failed to even come close to achieving this promised cut, she dismissed her broken pledge as a “stretch goal” she always knew would be difficult to achieve.
If you think we’re suggesting you can’t trust what the Liberals say or promise during an election, that’s exactly what we’re suggesting.
Based on the 2014 election, any promise they fail to keep may simply be dismissed by Wynne after the fact as a “stretch goal”.
Heck, we’re saying you can’t even trust the Ontario Liberals when they put their promises in writing.
Wynne’s predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, did that in the 2003 election which brought the Liberals to power, when he signed a taxpayer protection pledge during the election not to raise taxes or implement any new ones.
Post-election, he brought in one of the largest single tax hikes in Ontario history.
There’s an old saying, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Lest Ontarians be played for fools in the 2018 election, again, we suggest taking anything the Liberals say with a huge grain of salt.