Which party can bribe us best?

Will we be bought with our own money again this provincial election? It is a question all voters should be asking themselves as the “robot-calls” light up our phones at meal times.
Which party can bribe us best?
When Kathleen Wynne unveiled her election budget in March, she promised free day care for children from age two-and-a-half to kindergarten and free prescription drugs to seniors. Her budget announced the largest increase in hospital funding and expanded mental health services.
She also promised a huge tax cut for middle-class workers.
If we are cutting taxes and spending more, where will the money come from? When you announce that you will not have a balanced budget and the deficit will run $8 billion, while the Ontario Auditor General reviews your numbers and finds the deficit will exceed $11 billion, where will the money come from?
The Wynne government managed to lower hydro rates across the province by borrowing $300 million annually to subsidize rates, which will be repaid by future generations. Isn’t it grand that our children and grandchildren will be paying for our hydro for decades to come.
With the economy booming, unemployment at a low rate, and the GDP growing, the province should be racking up surpluses and paying down debt.
Both Andrea Horwath and Doug Ford are promising to reduce hydro rates by as much as 30 percent. Horwath’s plan calls for the province to buy back the majority of shares sold to the public and dispersed across the world.
Where will that money for the buy back come from?
Ms. Horwath has promised free dental coverage and drugs for all Ontario residents. Many of her plans will outdo the sitting premier’s plans for health care, mental illness, hospitals, home care, etc. But the sad fact remains that the NDP plan shows no new funds pouring into the province to pay for these needed programs.
Now Doug Ford, the PC leader, believes he can find $6 billion by improving efficiencies to fund his programs. He promises to reduce the size of government but do so without layoffs. He obviously has learned from a previous PC leader not to announce job cuts ahead of an election.
Doug Ford and the PCs also have promised reduced taxes to many Ontario residents. As well, he’s promised to balance the budget and will provide a great deal of new funding for hospitals, mental health, and other health-care measures.
Which political leader should you believe? What magical accounting will turn deficits into surpluses? Will the parties do a slight of hand by reducing income taxes and raising the HST or will they raise a surplus tax on employers to fund the deficits.
Before you go to the polls for the June 7 election, ask all the candidates where the money will be coming from and don’t let them shake the question with simple answers or platitudes about government waste.
Remember there is only one funder of government and that is the taxpayer.

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