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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Dalton McGuinty - money is no object

Is there any adult supervision at Queen's Park these days? Is Dalton McGuinty completely and utterly divorced from reality at last? I'm just asking, because five months after his government admitted that Ontario was likely to post a $25 billion deficit in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Premier announced in yesterday's Speech from the Throne that his government was going to create 20 000 more college & university spaces without the faintest idea of how to pay for them:
Mr. McGuinty acknowledged the cost of some promises.

"We're going to have to find a way to fund those 20,000 [new post-secondary] spaces," he said. "That's not going to be an easy thing.

"But the last thing I want to do is say 'well, there's a recession, so all those young people and people who have lost their jobs or who want to go to college ... sorry, there's no money for you.' I just think that would be a terrible mistake."
This is on top of his January promise to offer full-day kindergarten in Ontario, a plan likely to cost $1.5 billion:
But the $1.5-billion plan is already being met with skepticism from critics who say it is being implemented too quickly and at a cost to other "basic" education needs at a time when the province should be focusing on reducing its $24.7-billion deficit.

"This is one of the most ill-conceived and badly thought-through programs the province has ever announced," said Irene Atkinson, trustee for Parkdale-High Park in the Toronto District School Board. "When I hear the province has $1.5-billion to introduce this new vote-getting program, I'm appalled. You should pay your basic fundamental bills before introducing something like this."
This is insanity. Tim Hudak had better have a plan to clean up the mess when this financially and ideologically bankrupt government finally expires and the corpse eventually stops twitching.

UPDATE: Tim Hudak piles on:
“Our economy may have fallen apart — but our lawns are perfectly pesticide free,” said Hudak. “Our factories may be closing — but Ontario is protected from the menace of the plastic grocery bag.”


Joanne (True Blue) said...

Living in Dalton's Ontario is like being in a runaway Toyota with the accelerator stuck on stupid.

Anonymous said...

classic Dalton

we have no money but don't wory

and he certainly is RICH