Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Oink!



Dalton McGuinty, a prototypical blood red liberal that defines the stereotype, is not to be shamed by the recent testimony at the Gomery inquiry - mind you, our wise and just premier hasn't been following the story very closely:
Mr. McGuinty said he had not watched any televised coverage of testimony before the Gomery commission and had read little about it beyond newspaper headlines.

But he said he was shocked by recent testimony that alleged kickbacks within the Liberal Party of Canada and he said he is concerned that it would "feed the worst stereotype about politicians."
Unbelievably, although I shouldn't be surprised he could sink so low, he takes the whole scandal as an opportunity to strengthen his bid for some of the spoils. He's hopeful for a meeting with Martin, although he's "not going to bet the farm on it just yet." Who said it was your farm to gamble away gimpy?
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says the fallout from the Gomery commission has softened the federal government's attitude to his demand for more funding, but he's "not going to bet the farm" that he will get a meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin to discuss the issue.

Mr. McGuinty said yesterday that the dramatic decline in support for Mr. Martin's government has clearly led federal politicians to take another look at his claim that Ontario is shortchanged $23-billion by Ottawa because they realize an election is on the horizon.

But he said he refused to question the motivation of Liberal MPs who are now willing to listen to Ontario's argument after initially dismissing it.

"I'm not going to look at why it is they are keener to address this issue than they were before," the Premier said in an interview in his Queen's Park office.
You mean you don't want to let the thought into your little brain that the federal Liberals are trying to buy the support of Liberals at the provincial level. Clearly the Party, that you are a member of McGuinty, wouldn't dream of using taxpayer dollars to achieve their goals.

But further words indicated that the Gimp knows exactly what's up:
"The fact of the matter is they are interested and now there's an opportunity for both of us to come together."
Like a good Liberal, you are looking for 'opportunities', no matter how crooked or wrong. You'll be out of office soon enough and racking in a nice fat pension while the rest of us join the soup line because the trough has dried up.
He said he has always considered his drive for a "fairer" deal for Ontario within Confederation to be a long-term effort.

He added that he was surprised at the unwillingness of Liberal MPs from Ontario to take his argument seriously because the polls show the issue has the support of a majority of voters.
Sure, just look at the city of London. People vote because they hope to get a share of the loot. Your point? Your argument boils down to the following: it is just more 'fair' if the animals in the Ontario barnyard get more, the standards of fairness being gimmie gimmie before the next guy grabs it.
Mr. McGuinty said he would have to judge whether any meeting with Mr. Martin would get caught up in any federal election campaign, but he insisted that he is indifferent whether a federal vote comes sooner or later.

"This is Ontario's campaign. I will continue to lead that campaign whether we find ourselves within a federal campaign or not." [. . .]

He said he wasn't worried, however, that the Liberal brand would be damaged by the controversy.

"The Liberal brand was here long before I got here and it will be here long after I leave and it will survive," he said.
Throw the occupants of the barn some gruel and all will be just fine.

Some words from Freedom Party of Ontario's leader, Paul McKeever:

DEAR PRIME MINISTER MARTIN AND MR. HARPER:
PLEASE IGNORE PREMIER McGUINTY AND HIS SHADOW
An open letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin and to Stephen Harper

April 12, 2005 - Oshawa Ontario

Dear Prime Minister Martin and Mr. Harper,

As you know, for over two months, Ontario's Premier, Dalton McGuinty, has been demanding that the federal government provide additional revenues to the Ontario provincial government. Premier McGuinty has also attempted to secure Mr. Harper's assistance in urging the federal government for more money. As though he were Premier McGuinty's shadow, the leader of the Ontario opposition, John Tory, has similarly endeavored to secure Mr. Harper's assistance in urging the federal government for more money.

I am writing in the hope that both of you will ignore Premier McGuinty's and Mr. Tory's pleas.

At present, we in Ontario are observing the unsettling spectacle of cities that want more revenue, but that are fighting against receiving the power to impose their own taxes to raise that revenue: the cities want more revenue, but they want the provincial government (and the federal government) to take the political heat for the taxes that raise that revenue. Premier McGuinty and Mr. Tory are playing the exact same game: they both want the province to have more money, and they both want the federal government to take the political heat for the taxes that collect that money.

Mr. Tory simultaneously has the gall to suggest that he wants the Ontario government to be more accountable. However, the fact is that transfer payments from the federal to the provincial government intentionally blur the lines of fiscal and legislative responsibility in the mind of the voter. This has the effect of allowing the provincial government to be less accountable for its mismanagement of exclusively provincial matters such as health care, education and welfare.

Moreover, federal transfer payments to the provinces in excess of those authorized by the Constitution Act, 1907 are ultra vires the authority conferred upon the federal Parliament by Canada's constitution (notwithstanding that said payments have been made for decades). In this respect, I would remind you both that, before he became a Liberal and a Prime Minister of Canada, the then uncompromised intellect of Pierre Elliott Trudeau generated the eloquent and honest assertion that "...if there is federal legislation to grant taxation money for provincial purposes, this legislation is illegal for the excellent reason that the federal government cannot by law have money in its coffers which it then claims should be used for provincial purposes...It remains the duty of each government to ensure that it does not collect taxes for that part of the public interest not within its jurisdiction" (see his "Federal Grants to Universities" in his 1968 book "Federalism and the French Canadians", p. 87).

Ontarians do not want their federal government to keep overtaxing them and to give some of the excess revenue to its provincial government. Canada must not assist Ontario's provincial government to avoid personal responsibility for the collection of the revenues it spends: Ontarians deserve a provincial government that is 100% accountable for the imposition of the taxes that give rise to the revenues it spends. We also deserve a federal government that does not collect more tax revenues than are needed to finance legitimate federal activities.

Accordingly, on behalf of all Ontarians who want responsible, honest and accountable government, I again ask that you ignore and strongly resist the pleas of Premier McGuinty and Mr. Tory. Do not give federal revenues to the provincial government. Instead, reduce federal income taxes. Then, if the province somehow needs more revenue, the provincial government, and its aiders and abettors in the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, can appropriately take full responsibility for the sin of hiking Ontarians' tax burden.

1 Comment:

basil said...

That's a really creepy picture of McGimpy. He looks like Anthony Perkins but scarier.