McGuinty would emulate California’s green economy — which is now sinking under a sea of debt
By John Snobelen, Toronto Sun
Dalton McGuinty is a California dreamer. During last weeks leaders’ debate, McGuinty proudly declared Ontario was second only to the great state of California. Who knew?California, it would seem, is the home of the new economy Ontario aspires to be part of. Think green energy, Silicon Valley, Facebook and Apple. McGuinty believes California is just a little ahead of Ontario on the development curve. Unfortunately, he might be right.
Consider that the new economy has yet to make a positive difference to the vast majority of Californians.
Those who live outside the shadow of Stanford University are experiencing unprecedented levels of unemployment. Every day brings more unwelcome economic news.
California is sinking under a sea of debt.
Unable to reach a political consensus Governor Edmund G. Brown is now forced to impose yet another round of dramatic cuts. This time the budget must be reduced by $15 billion. Most of the cuts will come from education, help for the disabled and public safety.
According to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz “The social safety net is being cut not with a knife but an ax.”
The pattern here is clear; the inability to control spending leads to high taxes and debt. High taxes drive away business and ultimately lower government revenues. When the inevitable cuts to services are finally introduced they are far more Draconian than might otherwise have been the case.
Ultimately, the green energy subsidies and new economy hype are a cruel joke to California citizens. The unemployed, the disabled, students and the poor are now paying the price for governments who simply could not say no.
This is Ontario’s future under Dalton McGuinty.
During each of his terms of office McGuinty introduced huge tax increases.
First came the health tax and then the HST. There is every reason to believe that if re-elected he will introduce a carbon tax.
During his eight years in office McGuinty has doubled the provincial debt. If re-elected he will continue to add to that debt.
Despite a lot of empty rhetoric to the contrary, McGuinty has been unwilling to ask the public service unions to freeze wages. There is simply no reason to believe that if re-elected he will make any serious attempt to hold down costs.
McGuinty is offering Ontarians a government that cannot control costs, has no reluctance to increase taxes and is perfectly happy borrowing huge amounts of money.
It is the California recipe for economic disaster.
All of which is why I will be working hard to help elect a Tim Hudak government Thursday.
This will not come as much of a shock to most people. After all, I worked with Hudak for eight years at Queens Park and I am proud to call him a friend.
When John Tory stepped aside, I encouraged Hudak to seek the leadership of the PC party. I believed he had the right combination of intelligence, drive, passion and experience to lead Ontario in difficult times.
Everything Hudak has done over the past two years as leader of his party has confirmed the wisdom of that choice. He has tirelessly crisscrossed the province talking to thousands of people from every walk of life.
His policy platform, Changebook, is a reflection of his commitment to build consensus and provide balance. It is a measured and serious commitment to reduce the size and cost of government and eliminate the deficit. Hudak is no California dreamer.
Of course, there is one other big difference between Hudak and McGuinty; Hudak actually intends to keep his promises.
Now wouldn’t that be refreshing?
— Snobelen is a former Conservative MPP and cabinet minister