Liberal or PC? That is the question
With the election a mere 17 days away, the provincial Progressive Conservative party has not yet plainly defined the ballot question: Are you happy with the programs and policies of Dalton McGuinty and the governing Liberals with the full understanding that if re-elected you will pay more in taxes and fees to support these policies or do you want to stop the growth in the tax burden on you and make government prioritize and spend more smartly?
Simply put, do you want to vote to pay more taxes to keep growing and introducing more public programs or do you want to vote to pay less in taxes and make the government prioritize and curb the spending of your tax dollars?
I have heard all the arguments from both sides. I cannot argue that the McGuinty Liberals have put more money in to healthcare and schools. They have also committed to putting more money into municipalities and green energy alternatives. But of all this comes with a price tag. Ontario is running record high deficits and someone will have to pay for it. And that someone is you.
In tough economic times, government revenue dips and therefore scarce dollars have to be funnelled to priority programs like education and health care. But when the average taxpayer can’t pay anymore, something has to wait until the economy improves. It’s like when you want to buy that new car but your kids need to go to university and your job security isn’t all that stable, you have to decide which is more important. You can’t do both and hope that you can pay off the debt later. What if things don’t work out as planned later? Then what?
So no matter how much I agree with my Liberal friends that many things the Ontario government wants to do are good ideas, I don’t feel like Ontario taxpayers can afford to pay more taxes right now. Therefore, the province needs to cap its spending.
Accordingly, I put it to you clearly: If you want to pay more taxes for more services over the next 4 years, vote Liberal. If you want to hold the line on your tax bill and maybe even reduce it a bit, vote Progressive Conservative. It’s a very simple choice.