Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty promised yesterday that he would not raise taxes if he is re-elected this fall and insisted he means it this time.
The Premier, who ran on a no new-taxes platform in the 2003 election and then introduced one of the largest income tax increases in provincial history, said Ontarians should believe him now "because I'm in charge."
Well, there is some rock-solid logic. Try that in your next debating class, kids!
Anyway, at least McGuinty has given up trying to convince us that the health tax was not a real tax, but rather merely a "premium":
"I didn't raise that health tax in order to raise my popularity. I did it because we needed to raise money for our health care system," he said. "Now we're on track to balance the budget for five consecutive years."
Well, at least he's stopped trying to insult us with the euphemism.
He also maintains that "The Conservative party is adamant about creating another multi-billion dollar hole in the budget. We've seen that movie before..."
Well golly gee, Dalton. You're talking about the Harris-Eves years. There's a new sheriff in town now. And anyway, we've seen your movie before too, buddy. It's not worth a second viewing, trust me. Not even if you throw in free popcorn and beer.
Personally, I'm not overly enthralled with any of the provincial party leaders but so far I haven't heard John Tory lie yet. He has promised to phase out the health tax. Would it destroy the economy, as Dalton maintains?
I'm willing to take that chance.