Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Dalton McGuinty's Mama Didn't Raise no Fools
Part of the Ontario Liberal campaign Forward Together was a promised cut to tuition fees for post-secondary education. I'm sure many students thought they'd heard that before, but last week, McGuinty kept his campaign promise and announced that tuition fees would be slashed by 30% for any student whose parents make less than $160,000 per year.
Students were overjoyed with the announcement. In Kingston, a group from Queens were dancing in the street, literally.
Not only was this the right thing to do, but it was a brilliant political strategy in the run up to the Speech From the Throne. How can the Opposition take the government down by fighting against lowering tuition rates?
Dancing in the streets would become marching in the streets.
Of course this hasn't stopped Tim Hudak from blustering that his party cannot accept Dalton McGuinty's agenda.
That man is always a day late and a dollar short. He visited our city recently and spoke at one our most prosperous businesses, on how Ontario was bleeding jobs. The staff looked at him like he was from outer space.
"I am here to save your earth by inventing the wheel."
Kingston has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, and we have been served by both a Liberal MP and MPP for decades. Either avoid this area or use a different strategy. The provincial Conservative candidate came third here in the last election.
Bob Hepburn believes that the Ontario neocons may start looking to Jim Flaherty to save them. Ironic since Flaherty ran for the leadership twice and lost, because he was considered to be too right-wing, running on privatizing our public education and throwing our homeless in jail. He was also a member of Canadians for George Bush. Enough said.
I like the idea of the NDP holding the balance of power. The Liberals will have to remain progressive, since Hudak has clearly opted out of providing any kind of realistic alternative.
Well played Mr. McGuinty.