South Dundas - February 29, 2012 - Forget hockey, soccer, baseball, football or even Lacrosse; Ontario has a new provincial sport courtesy of Premier Dalton McGuinty, The Blame Game. The Blame Game will go down in province's history as the single biggest success of the McGuinty Liberals, his legacy if you will.
It's really a simple sport to play. First pick an issue that you had something to do with causing, then pick a target to distract people from seeing your own gross-incompetence, pepper in some words like 'evil' and 'conservative' and 'big business' and you just played The Blame Game. Bonus points are given for mentioning 'evil' and 'Mike Harris' in the same sentence.
This version of the game has a short history, eight years or so, starting after the 2003 election. Newly elected Premier McGuinty said that Ontario wasn't in surplus, it was in deficit. That was the 'Conservatives' fault. Upon further examination of the province's finances, it was shown that more money for health care was needed. It was the 'mean' old 'Conservatives' fault there was no money left in the system. Sorry, taxes, er I mean fees go up. Two billion dollars in new "fees" collected per year out of Ontarians pockets.
Crumbling infrastructure, roads falling apart, sewer and water systems in disrepair and no money to fix it. Sorry... not our fault. The 'mean' 'Mike Harris' 'Conservatives' downloaded all those services, it's their fault, we were duped.
E-Health, likely one of the largest scandals ever to hit the Province of Ontario, to the tune of $1.5 billion dollars. Flushed down the crumbling municipal sewer like nothing. Oops, not our fault. We got ripped off by 'evil' consultants and their $3.26 muffins.
Ornge Air Ambulance, millions missing, CEO let go. Nope, 'greedy' private corporations did it, it's not the fault of the McGuinty government. Shame on anyone for even suggesting the Health Minister resign.
Now the latest round, McGuinty blaming Alberta for a lack of manufacturing jobs in Ontario. It's all Alberta's fault that wages skyrocketed in the province over the last eight years. Of course it is. Just as it's Alberta's fault that 'evil' corporations with green-energy programs have led to skyrocketing electric rates in the province making it expensive for companies to do business here. 'Evil' Alberta, led by a 'Conservative' no-less, even managed to manipulate currency markets to make the US Dollar tank globally, just to prop up the Canadian Dollar. Alberta, they are to blame for the province's record deficit, 245 billion dollar debt and 10 billion dollars per year in debt-servicing costs. It's all Alberta's fault.
Alberta, greedy private corporations, evil consultants, Mike Harris and Conservatives. That's who's to blame for Ontario's woes. Certainly it's not Dalton McGuinty, nor the Ontarians who voted him in.