Wynne’s incompetent and corrupt Liberals “cooking books” year before election

ONPC Leader in fighting spirit on day of Liberal budget.

The polite way of saying the Ontario Liberals are corrupt or ethically challenged is to repeat what ONPC (Progressive Conservative) Leader Patrick Brown said this week in the Ontario Legislature just before Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the Liberal budget — that as the government’s chef, he was “cooking the books.”

Well, in my opinion, it is past time for being polite. The Ontario Liberals have been corrupt for quite some time. They are ruled by ideology at all cost, in this case, a green philosophy that only benefits environmental activists and those with 20 year contracts in the Feed-in-Tariff — FIT program.

In fact, the Liberals will say anything or do anything to get elected or re-elected. A particularly favourable approach for Liberals to win Ontario elections (and federally as well, I might add) is to scare voters into voting Liberal. Ah, those scary Conservatives. Blah, blah, blah. Which, unfortunately, worked federally in 2015 and in Ontario in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014!!

For example, back during the Ontario election in 2003, then opposition Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty made a very public “written” pledge that, if elected with a majority government, his Liberals would not raise taxes.

Except that pledge was an outright lie. Just a couple of months after receiving a majority mandate, McGuinty announced that his government would be implementing an Ontario Health Care Premium — a premium, it turned out, that would never go towards health care but would be deposited directly into Ontario’s general revenues. And, while some would argue that health care funding comes out of general revenues, so do a lot of other government expenditures.

Fast forward to 2017. Not only do we have an Ontario Liberal Finance Minister saying the province has balanced the budget by using non-accessible public pension funds, but we have Premier Kathleen Wynne telling us their Cap and Trade isn’t a tax either. We also have businesses moving outside of Ontario or shutting down altogether because of huge hydro delivery charges that have to pay for the Cap and Trade folly.

What incompetence! As Lorrie Goldstein wrote in the Toronto Sun earlier this month: “The reality is Wynne, who ran on running an open and transparent government in 2014, has chosen the least open and transparent method of carbon pricing — cap and trade.

Anyway, by making the claim that they have balanced the budget in 2017,  make no mistake about it, the Ontario Liberals have officially started the 2018 election campaign. As a result, the fight for the soul of Ontario is on — 24/7.  The key questions are:

  • Will Ontario be run into the ground by the Liberals or their NDP cousins (e.g., 300,000 manufacturing jobs have already been lost)? or
  • Will Ontario voters have the courage to vote for the Ontario PCs under Brown to turn the economy around and make the province a “have” province again?

The crux of the matter is for Conservatives of all types, as well as fed up Liberals, to get the truth out by whatever means they can — and that truth is that the Liberal Party of Ontario is not only incompetent but corrupt as well and must not be rewarded with another mandate to further misgovern.

6 thoughts on “Wynne’s incompetent and corrupt Liberals “cooking books” year before election

  1. It’s so frustrating to have to listen to and look at the smiling Finance Minister and the Premier as they toss out money WE do not have to all the places they know they will get votes. This is all about them getting reelected by the segments in society who do not pay the big bills.What happens when those who do shut their doors and move out of province doesn’t enter their minds, they are in their own bubble. Wynne wasn’t aware until a few weeks ago people were having trouble paying hydro bills and theses were working “middle class” people at that.

    It’s hard to imagine the people could reelect a corrupt government but they did and they may well do so again. I have little faith in the voters of this province.

    How can any thinking person believe they can balance a budget on debt? Who do they assume will have to deal with it all when the Piper has to be paid?

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  2. As someone with a background in finance, here is how the Liberals are able to claim a balanced budget when it is not.

    1. Their revenue projections go on the assumption the 2.6% growth we are expected to have this year will average at that over the next five years which is extremely unlikely. Smart budgeting takes the average or even below average projection which is what the Martin-Chretien government did when we had healthy surpluses in the late 90s, but if the Wynne Liberals did this, it would still show a deficit.
    2. Capital purchases are not counted towards operating budget but capital sales are so the one time sale of shares for Hydro One will count towards the budget but this is a one time sale, not an income the government can count on year after year.
    3. Unlike federally, capital purchases are not counted towards deficit so the debt will still go up by $10 billion this year, but since that is for capital purchases rather than operating budget they can claim a balanced budget. Just to note that Mulroney in 1993 had an operating surplus, but the interest on the debt led to a deficit of 5% of GDP.

    In terms of what will happen, it seems Wynne is so unpopular that, while I could be wrong, I could only see the Liberals coming back if they get a new leader. My fear is more the NDP, although the Tories have a much stronger base so even if those dissatisfied with the Liberals split 50/50, the Tories would still come out on top. Wynne might get a short term bounce, but I would be surprised if this saves her government. Still Tories cannot be complacent, as the next election is winneable but it will require hard work. The good thing is Wynne and Howarth are fighting over the left wing vote so hopefully Brown can not only unite the right, but appeal to some centrists too as I think Ontario is more of a centrist than left wing province even though the left is more vocal.

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  3. Yes, and so sad to think the Ontario Grit is now afflicting the rest of Canada. I understand the Wynners actually ran at least a $5b deficit.

    Out here in Lotusland, our Liberal government declared themselves in surplus, well except for debt servicing costs. Does that matter?

    Unless and until the presently moribund Conservative leadership race perks up, we can count on many more years under the benevolent overlords, philosopher kings all.

    Harper ran that ship aground and that is really why they hate him, a hatred not unlike that of Trump now. In both cases the true haters retreated to an alternate reality, and developed a whole new narrative, up was down, black was right, moderate was radical.

    See, the press agrees, they’re impartial, right?

    Betraying their trust to the people, the mediocracy concocted a false narrative was and suddenly surpluses became deficits, excellent economics became recessions and of course Liberal Senator fraud trials became the soon to be footnoted Mike Duffy affair; all via the fake outraged news media.

    I haven’t watched a minute of Canadian media since that election debacle, and we can count on those charlatans to step up to the plate just in time for 2019.

    Their hatchet jobs in ON provincials elections are a thing to behold and prove the argument.

    When will Conservatives understand reality and realize without ambiguity the so-called intelligentsia – the media – the intellectuals – the commentariate – all play for other teams?

    Get over it? The refs play for the other team? No I don’t think so. I tire of the False Mandate, where elections are horseraces and biased media select the issues.

    Think about how the establishment media hates when Trump tweets, not just because he refuses to act conventionally, but because he bypasses all the false narratives with the “straight poop” to the people. Statists can never allow alternate ideas to circulate.

    As in the US, our citizens are crying out for a grassroots populist revolution to free us from leviathan of biggest possible ever government, with the “peoples press” in tow.

    The voters, gullible lot they are, thought Justin Trudeau was that; he was but the ultimate illusion of the false narratives of the mediocracy. They also thought the media was honest.

    Now here we are; our national temper tantrum completed the anything but Harper movement. Now we have Trudeau, that, plus nothing like Harper.

    And that is not a good thing. Who will reverse our decline and step up with bold ideas and capture the public’s attention, and yes, kick some butt, and yes defeat the slings & arrows?

    Oh are we too nice for that, don’t want to be compared to Trump? Sit boy, sit.

    OK, back to your safe spaces, pay up on the way, and btw, you up and coming workers &/or homeowners with mortgage helpers, get ready to pay.

    Translation: I’ve had it with these political wimps worried about being accused of … ism.

    Maybe Bernier will step up. I don’t like our chances though. The mediocracy will trip him up for sure.

    Luckily under the Grits, the middle class in OK, and out of their crisis. The rich pay their income taxes and the poor pay their carbon taxes. That makes sense right?

    Fortunately, we’re a very resilient country but if we think we can sail through a Trudeau sequel of his father’s debt run-up (never actually repaid imho), we’d be wise to consider those boomers who worked their butts off and paid 21% interest rates are now cashing in on the pension and medical system, while withdrawing productivity from the workplace.

    Think about that, along with a second Trudeau mandate. That’s politics from the heart rather than the mind. Structural deficits that balance themselves; gouging the Forces for cronyism, homeowners mortgage helpers coming back to haunt them. Not good prospects for sure.

    BTW, Time Cestnick appeared on Michael Campbell on CKNW Saturday morning and discussed the new rules around reporting the sale of principal residences with rental units. He thinks CRA will consider up to 50% ancillary use for a rental unit, which I think is too optimistic, and he didn’t mention the structural changes such as a separate entrance. That is what really sinks the homeowner. I think 33% is more like it, but we shall see.

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  5. Wynne’s sleight of hand fiscal manipulations are so juvenile and obvious that they defy any serious analysis. They remind me of Paul Martin’s use of EI and Pension surpluses to balance the federal budget; these one time actions give the appearance of sound fiscal management, but they deny subsequent Ministers like Jim Flaherty that opportunity, as it has already been used.
    It is good if totally cynical politics, but terrible economic management. Of the voters Wynne is appealing to, many would not know what a balance budget even looked like, or what sound fiscal policy represents. If they did they would see the inconsistency of a one time balanced account and a rash of new spending promises. A half billion commitment to free drugs for young Ontarians being just one example.
    It does make Patrick Brown’s job more difficult, as Liberals will claim a balanced budget and voters will register that, but if he tries to explain the false numbers behind it, they will tune out.
    So she is relying on a short attention span and low economic awareness of Ont voters, to rally support for the coming election.
    Who knows, it might even work with some voters.

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