Lib­er­als are buy­ing the elec­tion

RE: Pro­vin­cial bud­get

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Just when you thought the Wynne Lib­er­als couldn’t stoop any lower, they did. Know­ing they may not pre­vail in the com­ing elec­tion based on their track record, they have set out to buy it. This lat­est very cyn­i­cal bud­get is noth­ing more than tar­geted strate­gic vote buy­ing. They will con­tinue to bor­row in or­der to throw bon­bons to var­i­ous spe­cial in­ter­est groups, cherry-pick­ing win­ners and losers. The bud­get may be bal­anced mo­men­tar­ily, but only be­cause of the one-time sale of cap­i­tal as­sets, pri­mar­ily On­tario Hy­dro.

And what will they NOT tell us this time. Re­mem­ber, this gov­ern­ment has given us the health care pre­mium, the HST, and the sell­ing of On­tario Hy­dro, with­out ever cam­paign­ing on those im­por­tant is­sues, all the while warn­ing us that it’s the other par­ties who have “hid­den agen­das.”

Cling­ing to power ap­pears to su­percede pro­vid­ing in­tegrity-based gov­er­nance and fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity as Lib­eral pri­or­i­ties. Next year, vot­ers should re­mem­ber these Lib­er­als for their ac­tual past per­for­mance, and not be swayed by the ap­par­ent benev­o­lence that only ma­te­ri­al­izes prior to elec­tions. Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of On­tar­i­ans, our chil­dren and theirs, will pay a steep price for the grow­ing debt that cur­rently costs nearly $12 bil­lion in in­ter­est ev­ery year.

Come on, peo­ple, are we re­ally this dumb, are we go­ing to buy the Lib­eral bull and pos­si­bly re-elect them yet again? Kath­leen Wynne is count­ing on it. God help us, please. Cameron Stringer, Hamil­ton

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