I just don’t get it: the bad behaviour of the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals has attracted an on-going criminal investigation by the OPP; allegations of corruption at Ornge air ambulance service in a report from a legislative committee and, just today, news of a lawsuit seeking $653-million under NAFTA, alleging the Grits’ manipulated Green Energy Act rules to benefit Liberal-connected firms.
Should the Liberal government lose this lawsuit, damages and costs awarded could well lead to a $1-billion hit to the province’s already over-burdened finances. And, readers will remember, last Thursday, the Toronto Star reported what looks a lot like another Liberal scandal about to break wide open.
That, of course, is the Star’s report as follows:
Ontario’s auditor general is investigating provincial government loans to MaRS, but says the probe was planned before the $317 million bailout erupted into an election issue last week.”
According to one media report, the Grits face an additional $160-million for renovations and “operating shortfalls” related to this MaRS deal. By the time this shakes out, taxpayers will have shelled out $500-million or more.
Kathleen Wynne says, once her party is re-elected, she’ll table her May 1st socialist-style budget—Wynne herself calls it “the most progressive budget in decades.” This is quite a claim considering the spending spree the Grits have been on for the last decade.
Credit rating services like Moody’s, of course, don’t like the May 1st budget and have said as much in published warnings. And, considering a downgrade in credit rating could cost the province billions of dollars and severely handicap Ontario’s ability to deliver priority services, Wynne will be under pressure to make serious changes.
Could she really be that far out of touch with how the economy works? I suppose she could, and Charles Sousa’s no finance manager—he’s strictly a marketing guy—so it’s really a case of the economically blind leading the economically blind.
The proposed budget may have been meant as an election platform only—how many election promises do you remember the Grits keeping. In the 2011 general election campaign, the Grits promised a 10 per cent subsidy to lower runaway electricity bills? Well, they kept that promise, but only for a couple of years—they plan to end the subsidy if re-elected.
Examples of Liberal broken promises, mismanagement and corruption are too numerous to mention here, but for those interested, here is a link that details 50 of them.
Yet, the best the rascals offer is what we’ll call, the Mulcair Defence. That is: I may be guilty of bad behaviour, but that’s OK for others are guilty too. An odd moral defence, some might say, but one, nevertheless, that Thomas Mulcair and progressives in general seem to favour.
Still, though, the Ontario Grits lead or are tied in most polls. Like an unwanted piece of discarded chewing gum, these politicians stick to our proverbial heels and stubbornly resist all efforts to scrape them off.