Ontario by the Numbers
If you were ever in doubt as to why the province of Ontario has no money and who is to blame, just look at these numbers I have compiled for the term of Dalton McGuinty as premier:
Program spending has gone up a whopping 90.5% since he took office. And if you look at the forecast for 2010/11 which shows planned spending of an additional $7.8B, the growth in government spending is more than double over an eight year period.
There is no one the Liberal government can blame this on but themselves. They are the ones who set the budgets and control the spending therein.
The sad part of the McGuinty legacy is that he has implemented the two largest tax increases ever, each adding about $10B in revenue per year and even that has not helped the government cover its spending addiction.
The finger pointing has started for the 2011 election. The Liberals are pointing all the way back to 2003 to try to lay blame for the state of the economy on the Mike Harris government; the government than ran five successive surplus budgets. But the numbers don’t lie and the Liberal government can’t duck the blame.