Dalton McGuinty’s mess

Christina Blizzard Toronto Sun

Politics is an extreme blood sport.

When things are good, they’re great. Politicians walk on air. They exude that golden glow of success. They can do no wrong.

When things are bad, it seems nothing can pull them out of the slump. And right now, things are going very badly for Premier Dalton McGuinty.

First, there was the scholarship story from Hong Kong.

The government will spend $30 million — $20 million from taxpayers and $10 million from universities — to give full $40,000-a-year scholarships to 75 foreign doctoral students.

To add insult to injury, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy defended the scholarships by saying the government wants to “strengthen that system by attracting the best and the brightest.”

Well, hello. Don’t we have the best and brightest homegrown talent here in Ontario?

Tell parents struggling to pay tuition bills they now have to pay for the “best and brightest” to come in from overseas and show us how its done, and you’ll get outrage.

McGuinty also got the bad news that the government’s pay freeze has hit a roadblock. An independent arbitrator has awarded 2% a year pay raises for the next two years to nurses and other unionized hospital workers.

McGuinty balked at telling reporters he’d bring in a law mandating a wage freeze.

He said his government wouldn’t give money to the hospitals to pay the bill.

“Our interest is to ensure the taxpayers aren’t paying any more — and they won’t,” he said. The government won’t give the hospitals more money to deal with the pay hike.

So how are supposed to hold the line? Close beds? Shut operating rooms? Layoff nurses?

McGuinty’s been in power seven years and never seen a public sector union he wouldn’t cave in to. He stands up timidly in his budget and freezes all the non-union government salaries.

But when the going gets tough with the unions, he’s a pushover. It’s not his problem. Let the hospitals do the dirty work.

Meanwhile, Tory Leader Tim Hudak revealed an embarrassing document put together by Sussex Strategy group — a lobbying company — advising clients that renewable energy is anticipated “to be a wedge issue in the election.”

The document says the Tories will support a move away from renewables, so the industry needs to rally support for green energy.

“In this, it will be critical to ‘confuse’ the issue in the political/public/media away from just price to include key value attributes such as jobs, clean air, farm income, etc.”

So, we’re all so stupid, we can be “confused” by slick bafflegab to believe high hydro prices are good for us?

You wonder how much their clients paid for this crap.

Ironically, McGuinty’s news conference was at the site of a planned solar panel factory in Hamilton — with locked out Stelco workers picketing outside.

Sussex huffily responded to the leak: “The document released today was a proposal to a coalition of interests to engage the public in a balanced and broader debate that includes the many benefits of renewable energy and not just about price,” the company said in a statement.

And here I was thinking the idea was to confuse we buffoons in the media and the public.

McGuinty’s well-oiled election express is off the tracks.

It’s starting to look more like a gravy train — and the oil is turning to grease.

8 thoughts on “Dalton McGuinty’s mess

  1. Dalton & crew have 47 weeks to try to stop the Fiberal runaway train.

    I say stand back and let it go!

  2. The “runaway train” that is–we have got to continue to fight.

  3. “Sussex huffily responded to the leak: “The document released today was a proposal to a coalition of interests to engage the public in a balanced and broader debate that includes the many benefits of renewable energy and not just about price,” the company said in a statement.”

    Uh, just exactly what are the “many benefits of renewable energy” exactly?

    Oh that right! It’s the oodles of MONEY that “benefit” ONLY the proponents as they destroy both the economy and environment at the same time!

    I wish them luck with perusing ANY strategy in support of “green” energy. Doesn’t seem to be working
    outside of North America any more either!

    I think the result of this insulting strategy will be more clarity not confusion.

    But then… Dalton DID actually get elected…

    Sean Holt.

  4. “The document released today was a proposal to a coalition of interests to engage the public in a balanced and broader debate that includes the many benefits of renewable energy and not just about price,” the company said in a statement.”

    How can you have a balanced and broader debate when their debating points are laughable, puerile and in many cases incomprehensible due to the childish use of the English language.

    If your intent is to “confuse” the issue — despite your protestations that you meant “being clarity” — how can that lead to broader more meaningful debate?

    Folks the ability of the Green Movement to use logic and mathematical ability to make their case is laid bare — and their ability is found wanting.

    How can you defend the indefensible?

    I sincerely wish for a representative of Sussex to appear here to defend their shoddy, confusing, incomprehensible work which was clearly intended to obfuscate the issues and confuse the public. Unfortunately for them, they confused themselves first — it was not a great strategy designed to inspire confidence. Instead, their strategy made them a laughingstock and provided a source further of embarrassment to a government that has already revealed itself to be less than competent of any complexity.

    Give me money ook-ook! Will confuse opponents with monkey dance. Banana please? ook ook!

    There I have shortened their document to the essentials so that all can understand their message with out forcing you to wade through the baffle-gab!

  5. Correction — sigh…

    Instead, their strategy made them a laughingstock and provided a source further of embarrassment to a government that has already revealed itself to be less than competent on issues of any complexity.

  6. David, David, David…

    Relax your troubled mind with a nice, resonant chorus of Kum-ba-yah!

    Seems to work for the windy greenies!

    Barring that, I have a nice soft spot in the drywall marked with a target I run my head thru from time to time.

    🙂

    Sean Holt.

  7. Ha ha ha.

    How long Sean before this madness drives you to move that target 9 inches to the left or right?

  8. Thanks Wegrait!

    THAT made me laugh!

    However, having both designed and built the multitude of structures that currently occupy my property, including the house, I’m pretty sure I would only have to move it 8 inches for the desired “more solid” feel!
    🙂

    Sean Holt.

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