How odd that the McGuinty Fiberals have chosen to use Premier Pinocchio’s signature throughout their so-called platform, released yesterday. McGuinty’s scribble is featured on the document’s cover, and twice again inside.
Next Tuesday, September 11th, Ontarians will be reminded of another occasion on which McGuinty put pen to paper and made a written promise, precisely four years prior. That time, it was a promise to abide by the Taxpayer Protection Act, and hold a referendum on any tax increases. As we all know, his excuse for breaking his promise was that the budget was not balanced, but for the next five months, right up to three weeks prior to his first budget, McGuinty continued to promise that he would not raise taxes.
It is interesting to read the various endorsements throughout the so-called platform, the first of which is from Michael Fullan, McGuinty’s education adviser (page 6). Ontario public accounts for 2005-06 show a payment to Michael Fullan Enterprises Inc. via the Ministry of Education, in the sum of $58,915 (page 86).
Another endorsement is from the late author June Callwood, who is not billed as “late” in her quote. Dead men tell no tales, as they say. But they can endorse Fiberal election flyers, apparently.
As some media and PC leader John Tory have already noted, the release of McGuinty’s so-called platform was also the occasion of yet another broken promise, this time McGuinty’s promise to review his health tax.
He now says he will review it but not repeal it (er, what’s the point of the review, then?), saying he needs “every single penny.”
As they say on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”: Really?!
Really?! He needs every single penny, but he gave $219,000 to his pal’s advertising agency to change Ontario’s logo?
Really?! He needs every single penny, but he spent $6,000,000 to remove the “C” from OLGC?
Really?! He needs every single penny, but he gave $32 million to Liberal-friendly groups, without proper documentation, giving at least one of the groups six times more than they asked for?
Really?! He needs every single penny, but at the end of the 2006 and 2007 fiscal years, he shovelled $1.6 billion and $1.1 billion respectively out the door at the last minute?