OPINION: By Matt McEachran
Cuts will have to be deeper than the ones Mike Harris brought in, and last longer, much longer.
That in a nut shell is the latest verdict of Ontario’s economy, released Wednesday by Don Drummond.
Normally I’d love to say “I told you so” but this is one time I wish I had been wrong.
I’ve been saying for a long time that McGuinty has been running Ontario into the ground so badly that we will soon be voting in someone that will make Mike Harris look like a pansy. It seems the bell has been rung.
Some are now saying that Ontario will require cutbacks four times more severe than Mike Harris made. Four times!
You remember Mike Harris? He’s the former premier that is still vilified in the media as a horrible monster that everyone hated. (Hated so much, Ontario voted him in with two majority governments, I’d like to point out) Oh the pain! He cut so much. Boo hoo!
Well guess what? Mike Harris was elected to clean up Ontario’s over-spending, massive deficit ways in 1995. It was horrible medicine and it worked.
The geniuses that hate Mike Harris? Well in less than 20 years they have driven Ontario’s economy right back into the ground. That’s right, it took less than 20 years for the Liberal elites to forget the economic lessons that caused the Mike Harris cutbacks, and spend Ontario right back into oblivion. 20 years!
That’s impressive. (That’s sarcasm)
We, the voters and taxpayers of Ontario, now realize we are going to have to live through cutbacks all over again.
I hope you’re angry. We all should be.
We have a provincial government so completely incompetent that they have destroyed the province that was the economic engine of Canada since confederation. That’s impressive. (Again sarcasm)
We should also be angry at ourselves because we, the taxpayers, had a hand in all this. After all we are the ones that elected this overspending, economically illiterate government back in. Well not Sarnia Lambton, but millions of our fellow Ontarians did.
And now we get to pay for it.
It’s time to take our medicine. And if there is one thing that needs to be screamingly clear to all Ontarians, it’s that we need to take our medicine now. Not put it off, not live in McGuinty’s dream world for a few more years of blind bliss. Now.
No it won’t be easy. Yes it will be painful. But we need stop the over spending now ($2 million per hour, every hour, 24 hrs a day) and start fixing things. It will only get worse the longer we leave it.
“The challenge and the solution will have to be pretty much unprecedented in Canadian post-war history,” said Mr. Drummond.
Ouch. It’s that bad folks.
We can ignore it, or fight about it like Greece. But the only way to fix it is to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
The best time to plant an oak tree was 40 years ago. The second best time is today.