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Old 10-02-2011, 11:54 PM   #6 (permalink)

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Dalton McGuinty's Liberals the best choice for Ontario's challenges - The Globe and Mail

Ontario has entered tempestuous waters. The province is confronted with a rapidly slowing economy, serious fiscal challenges – declining revenues, an even larger deficit – and the need for early, deep spending cuts and control of voracious public sector unions to maintain the province’s capacity to respond to broader economic challenges.

Voters on Thursday have a basic choice, between an experienced Liberal government under Premier Dalton McGuinty that believes modest efforts can see the province through the storm, and a Progressive Conservative Party, led by Tim Hudak – a leader with basically sound political and economic principles whose campaign was surprisingly lacklustre, and who will move too aggressively and is too dogmatic about smaller government when some public investment is needed.

There is no third option. The New Democrats, under leader Andrea Horwath, are dangerously flawed, and if given an opportunity to influence policy, either in government or in a minority parliament, would wreak havoc on Ontario’s economy. (More on that tomorrow.)
The Liberal record is imperfect, from the eHealth fiasco and the bloated size of the cabinet to the proliferation of provincial agencies and the cancellation of power plants. Liberals also like to thump their chests for presiding over eight years of labour peace. It isn’t difficult to buy labour peace with too-generous raises, however.

But what has Mr. Hudak offered, other than criticism? Not much.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s inappropriate intervention on behalf of Mr. Hudak on Friday also did him no favours. In Canada, provincial power serves as a check on the power of the federal government. With upcoming negotiations with Ottawa over the renewal of federal-provincial transfers for health and social spending, Mr. Flaherty’s statements leave the unfortunate impression that Mr. Hudak is not an independent actor, as the premier of Canada’s largest province must be.
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