Consensus media ignores fact ON Liberals rejected PC debt resolution

How many Ontarians know that Ontario PC MPP Ted Arnott tabled a resolution in the Ontario Legislature yesterday to develop a long-term debt plan? And, how many Ontarians know that the McGuinty Liberals rejected it outright? The answer is likely no one, or very few who are willing to talk about it.  Why? Because  the consensus media will not report anything that makes the McGuinty Liberals look bad and boy, does this rejection ever make them look bad!

Frankly, the only reason I know about this issue is because I am on the Ontario PC caucus e-mail list — you know, the same list that goes to the MSM.  Therefore, is it any wonder that some Ontario PC supporters assume leader Tim Hudak and the PC caucus are not doing enough or that press releases are ineffective. Well, readers can decide for themselves. Here is the news release and Hansard record I received today (and only available on Google so far), with a few brief quotes from it below:

“Despite the government’s rhetoric that this [Budget 2012] is an austerity budget, in fact, there is very little austerity in it. Spending is actually up over last year by almost $2 billion, from $124.6 billion to $126.4 billion. Last year’s deficit came in at $15.3 billion. This … budget projects a deficit of $15.2 billion.”

“Over the past year, the overall provincial debt that each Ontarian owes, will rise from $17,766 last year to $19,243 this year. It was $11,339 when the McGuinty government came to power in 2003. This government will have increased that number by almost $8000 for each and every Ontarian, in just nine years….”

“This year, they will pay more in interest on the debt than they will spend on post-secondary education, more than they’ll spend on transportation infrastructure and more than they will spend on economic development….”[My highlighting.]

So, is it any wonder the Ontario PCs won’t vote in favour of the current Liberal budget when they plan to increase spending by almost $2 billion dollars while only reducing the deficit from $15.3 in 2011 to $15.2 billion in 2012? Yet, somehow the Liberals think they can pay off the deficit by 2017. Magical thinking anyone?

Anyway, when the inevitable question comes up: “Yes, but what would Tim Hudak and his PC Party do that would be different from the McGuinty Liberals?” Well, take the time to either read my interview with Hudak or his verbatim response in the legislature to the budget. It’s all there. There is no equivocation. There is no closet progressive hiding behind his rhetoric. As he said to me, he comes out of the Mike Harris tradition and those values are how the PC Party would govern Ontario.

Endnote: Here is a post on the Ontario Debt clock by Jon Siemko at Tory Redux. It is also on my links list on the right sidebar (H/T Jen). I can’t put it up on my site, unfortunately,  because I am on the wordpress.com server and JavaScript is not allowed. As well, check out Joanne’s post about the McGuinty government “green energy” disaster, one of the main reasons behind Ontario’s fiscal problems.

10 thoughts on “Consensus media ignores fact ON Liberals rejected PC debt resolution

  1. The portion you quote looks like a not-so-veiled attack on the current government. No matter the governing party, framing the issue in this way is almost guaranteed to not win support, no matter how reasonable the core of the resolution may be.

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  2. Anon1152 — I am a conservative blogger. The quote in this post is from the PC MPP’s statement in the Legislature. Check the link and scroll down to the Hansard transcript.

    Some things I can be non-partisan about but I simply am unable to say a single positive thing about the current Ontario Liberal governing party.

    In fact, the whole point of this post is to show how the Ontario Liberals are not willing to do whatever it takes to turn the Ontario deficit and debt problem around and the media is complicit by not reporting that reality.

    In other words, I will not get involved in any discussion here that is a defence of the McGuinty government.

    So, you need to know that I will not get involved in any kind of discussion that attempts to defend the indefensible, namely, what the Liberals are doing, or in this case, what they are not doing.

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  3. Mr. J. Can you believe that? Thanks for the link. So, they are finally admitting they have ignored Hudak for a month and yet somehow that is “his” fault. Thank heavens for blogs.

    If I have time, I will put something up later in the day.

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  4. with all due respect, that news release/Hansard link comes up as “unavailable”. Clicking on Mr. Arnott’s website, his resolution “news” information isn’t there either. It must be on the Ont. PC site but I would think that every PC MPP would have it updated and on their sites.

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  5. “Tory Leader Tim Hudak is the odd man out. Despite winning more than twice as many seats as Horwath, he dealt himself out of the budget negotiations by rejecting it out of hand. Intended as a show of strength, it has weakened his stature and sidelined him in the Legislature. The media have ignored him for a month, treating Horwath as de facto opposition leader. The Tories dread an election they are unprepared — and unfunded — to fight. The party is more than $6 million in debt and lacks a campaign manager (behind the scenes, the old Mike Harris team is being reconstituted). Not only are the Tories falling in the latest polls, their leader is the least popular, and his favourite issue — high taxes — has fallen to fifth place in voter rankings.”

    Cohn sure did his fair share of pumping Horwath into the de facto opposition. The Toronto-centric media may have ignored him for a month but other media around the province did not…but if it doesn’t happen in Toronto or larger urban centres apparently it doesn’t happen.

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  6. Pingback: ON PC Leader Tim Hudak doesn’t have a progressive bone in his body! « CRUX-OF-THE-MATTER ►

  7. Jon — Re Cohn’s column, I just put up a post in response. http://wp.me/p1HmOi-8XC

    I like Andrea Horwatch as a person. Yet, the way the Toronto media are promoting her is so obvious. She can do no wrong it seems, at least to the Star.

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