South Dundas - May 20, 2014 - What the 2014 Ontario Election will come down to, is
this simple question: Who gets to control my wallet? Me, or the
government? It sounds like such a simple question, but it is not.
Let's look at the Ontario Liberal Party. Their platform is very clear.
They wish to spend billions on transit for cities, billions in
subsidies to attract business to Ontario, and spend billions to create
an Ontario Pension Plan.
Let's now look at the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Their
platform is also very clear. They wish to cut 100,000 government jobs,
cut the deficit to zero and create 1,000,000 jobs.
Back to the Liberals for some depth. Their plan is to increase
investment in transit for large cities like Toronto, Hamilton and
Ottawa. The party projects it will cost $32 billion to do. This plan
has no benefit for those who live outside of the big cities, only
cost. We all would have to pay for this, from Morrisburg to Atikokan.
This writer hasn't been to Toronto in 12 years, yet it's a
warm-and-fuzzy feeling I have, to know my pocket will help pay for
Same with the Liberals' plan for subsidies to attract business, $2.5
billion to be exact. While energy costs soar to being the highest in
North America thanks to "Green Energy", and wage costs sky rocket, the
government will pay businesses to come here and set up shop. What
happens when the subsidy goes away? We've seen what happens to places
like New Brunswick, which offers subsidies to attract businesses. When
the subsidy ends, that business moves to the next location offering a
subsidy. Subsidizing a business to locate here creates a false economy
Lastly for the Liberals, the Ontario Pension Plan. This plan makes no
sense to me whatsoever. After the Liberals increasing the minimum wage
to $11/hour, placing an additional $120/month in the pockets of
minimum wage earners, they plan on taking $100 a month out for the
Ontario Pension Plan in contributions, plus whatever contributions are
the responsibility of the business to make. How is taking $100 a month
out of the pockets of minimum wage earners going to help them get
To say this scheme is offensive is the nicest term that could be used
in this column. What this scheme should be called is the
People just starting out, or earning minimum wage, can't afford to
start their retirement savings. They need that money to pay bills, buy
groceries, pay student loans and other necessities. Retirement is not
on their focus yet. But by making it harder to get ahead, by taking it
out of their pockets when they need it the most, is not right. It
treats Ontarians as if they are idiots unable to think for themselves.
Let us switch to the PC's, cut, cut, cut is the mantra. Hudak and his
team would cut 100,000 civil servants from the Ontario Government.
Considering the Liberals hired 170,000 civil servants over the last 11
years, the net gain in Ontario would still be 70,000 from 11 years
ago. That's not a bad increase overall. Where would the cuts come
from, outsourcing some services and through attrition, mostly not
hiring new people when employees retire or leave. Not mass layoffs as
some would have you believe.
Cutting the deficit to zero. It needs to be done. You cannot spend
more than you take in. You cannot finance your spending on a credit
card. Unlike government, families don't get 5, or 11, or 16 years to
get their household finances in order. If you have X-amount coming in
by way of revenue, you can only spend X-amount going out. Balancing a
budget is tough, but it has to be done. Cutting expensive subsidies to
"Green Energy" would help that.
Last is the 1,000,000 jobs plan for the PC's. This columnist is
skeptical that 1,000,000 jobs would be created given the high energy
rates, red tape and other roadblocks that are out there to startups in
Ontario. But if you outsource government departments or services to
the private sector, surely there would be some creation of new
companies in the private sector to take that on. If energy rates
lowered by axing the Green Energy Act, then some jobs might start that
way. If some taxes were lowered then yes, some jobs may be created as
Ontario is not the economic powerhouse it once was. A high Canadian
Dollar combines with high wages in Ontario and high energy rates have
decimated the manufacturing sector. It will never be what it was. But
if even 500,000 jobs are created under the plan instead of a million.
that would still be a net gain of 400,000 jobs in the province. Not a
What you don't see in Hudak's platform is ways of getting more money
out of your pocket. Nor do you see government telling you how-or-where
to spend your money. There is no pension plan scheme, there is no
"revenue-tools" or other buzzwords to extract money from you. It
assumes you are the master of your own wallet and can spend your
money, invest your money, where and how you wish. Personal
What we have seen from the Liberals is 11 years of waste, big schemes
and big dreams. Eleven years of government telling you what you should
be spending your money on, and doing little to make sure what money
they get from you is spent wisely. Tax increases, fee increases, and
money wasted on schemes, and plans, and dreams. It is time Ontarians
woke up and realized that they should be in control of their own
wallets, just as I should be in control of mine.