JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NEW POLL SHOWS ONTARIO’S MCGUINTY IS BECOMING UNPOPULAR   Leave a comment


 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED COMMENT TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Oh my, what a surprise.

People are tired of inappropriate policies and frequent flip-flops, not to mention the downright lies.

The man is pathetic.

Windmills to replace base-load electricity?

Nothing wrong with peak-load pricing as we now have, but someone with a brain would have figured out that 9:00 pm is not peak-load, and neither is 8:00 pm, his flip-flop change.

This man is seriously endangering Ontario’s energy future.

Then throwing the HST on top of his poorly considered peak-load periods for electricity prices?

And, please, people of Ontario, you should understand that future industries and business are not going to pay windmill electricity-prices. To prevent us from becoming completely uncompetitive in energy, I guarantee that McGuinty would in future shave industry prices and dump the excess, another big burden, on consumers.

What I cannot forgive McGuinty is the complete dishonesty of his last election campaign, and I am a small “l” liberal.

First, he had every ministry in the province running huge numbers of ads for the right weeks. In other words, he used the public purse to finance his campaign.

Even worse, he gave Ontario a bribe with his holiday, something costing many tens of millions of dollars to Ontario business and just thrown out, ill-considered, as a bribe for votes.

Then he has the bad taste to call it “Family Day,” a name which richly rings with right-wing Republican campaign rhetoric.

It doesn’t get much shabbier than that.

Although, I must say, McGuinty’s handling of the situation in Caledonia has been poor. No one wants someone killed, as happened under Mike Harris, but there is something between being brutal and letting chaos reign.

As for genuine green programs, McGuinty has a terrible record. Trucks packed with garbage from Toronto burning down 401 day after day for years. Toronto’s thousands of high-rises having no recycling programs worth speaking of.

The man is hopeless.

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