Wynne’s prom­ises are all sus­pect

Kapuskasing Northern Times - - OP-ED -

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.

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