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Letter: Keeping up with ‘marathon of scandals’ difficult

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Apr 24, 2014 - 2:50 PM |
Re: Simon Guillet’s letter “Ontario’s per capita debt larger than California’s,” which appeared in the April 8 edition of Northern Life.

Many thanks to Simon Guillet who, in his letter, managed to succinctly capture the severe damage the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals have done to Ontario’s finances over their 11 years in power.

Keeping up with the marathon of scandals (Guillet’s letter omitted the eHealth scandal) and the sharp rise in our debt (which has more than doubled from $133 billion when the Liberals came to power in 2003, to $272 billion today) is no small feat.

This has happened despite their raising taxes (the famous health “premium,” the HST) and cutting services/funding to hospitals and universities.

To make matters worse, the Liberals’ foolish energy policies, such as the so-called “Green” Energy Act (whose numerous problems would require their own discussion), are forecast to cause a 33 per cent rise in hydro rates over the next three years — bad news especially for this province’s already ailing manufacturing sector.

I’m frankly at a loss to understand how the fiscal prospects of this once prosperous province have gotten so bad.

Whatever you may think of the opposition parties, can they really be worse than this almost incomprehensibly destructive blend of incompetence and corruption that the Liberals have managed to brew up? We are in desperate need of a “throw the bums out” election.

Perhaps in my simple-mindedness, things seem worse than they are because I lack the “creativity” needed to understand the Liberals’ revolutionary economic vision, demonstrated so eloquently by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli when he explained that the $1 billion plus lost to the gas plants, in reality, amounts only to “less than a cup of Tim Hortons coffee a year.”

J.P. Rank
Sudbury, Ont.

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