McGuinty government has no money
The Ontario government does not have enough money to pay for all of its programs. The Dalton McGuinty government has had to change its plan on how it is implementing its before and after care for full day kindergarten for 4 & 5 year olds. Primarily driven by costs, the government has had to curtail its participation in the before and after programs opting for third party providers to offer the service at their own costs.
This is what happens when a government embarks on huge social program initiatives without proper financial planning and this is what has been the problem with this government. It has erred in its forecasting its revenues and therefore only now realizes it does not have the money to support its plans. This is why Ontario has gone for a “have” province to a “have not” province.
The Ontario government needs money badly to keep paying for its massive spending increase since the provincial Liberal came into power. And since “taxing” voters is not good politics, the McGuinty government must find new ways for its citizens to pay for its spending: ECO fees, higher hydro rates, health care premiums, rejigging the HST just to get federal money and there are other examples.
Facing an election next October, and not wanting to heap another “fee” based revenue stream on the Ontario voter, the government is being forced to tinker with their grandiose plans, trying to make them look good while cutting their overall functionality.
But in the end, the Ontario taxpayer is left with another dysfunctional McGuinty plan that costs money the province doesn’t have and creates more problems that it set out to fix. Full day kindergarten that isn’t fully funded – what’s next – windmills that don’t spin?