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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Of All the Bloody Promises…

Dalton “I won’t raise your taxes” McGuinty is great at making, and breaking, promises.

Now, fresh after an election victory, McGuinty decides to make more history by actually keeping one of his election promises!  I suppose there’s a first for everything?

“Today I am pleased to announce that Ontario’s first ever Family Day will be celebrated on the third Monday (beginning) this February,” he said Thursday in Ottawa.

Of all the bloody campaign promises, why did McGuinty have to choose giving Ontarians an extra statutory holiday as the one to keep?

Basically, McGuinty’s promise is not one that he needs to find the money for.  Instead, the cost of this promise will be paid for by Ontario businesses, as they pay their staff to take the day off.  I suppose keeping promises is easy when someone else has to pay the freight?  Well, that is the Liberal way, so I shouldn’t be surprised!

Given the current economic situation in Ontario, is this really a wise decision?  Our manufacturing and tourist industries are facing some serious challenges.  How is mandating another paid day off going to help our businesses to compete?

As much as I would personally like another vacation day, this is one promise I would rather McGuinty did not keep.

Cross-posted at www.exactlyright.ca.

Posted by Dave Hodson on October 11, 2007 | Permalink

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It's too bad Ontarians didn't provide McSquinty with a permanent vacation. Instead, they accepted the bribe of an extra vacation day for themselves.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-11 12:43:17 PM


Like an extra vacation day is gonna improve the already dismal productivity in this province eh, Dolton? Friggin' Jerk!
Got a bet going with a colleague. Will Dolton raise taxes before Christmas or will he wait until the new-year?

Posted by: atric | 2007-10-11 12:58:20 PM


atric ~

Bad bet. He'll wait until after that new holiday when the morons will be in a good & grateful mood for that paid day off from work.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-11 1:03:29 PM


It's a promise that Dolton would rather not keep, but the unions have spoken. They own him, they get to play with him.

Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-10-11 1:03:56 PM


Trouble is OBC, the Union Thugs will be demanding
double time and a half for those that have to work through that day.
And another thing, with all these JIT shipments from the US, all American businesses that supply these companies are going to be screwed up, thus reducing the productivity even further.
And they wonder why the domestic auto industry is in the sewer and why no business want to relocate in Ontario anymore.

Posted by: atric | 2007-10-11 1:09:12 PM


atric ~

"They" may wonder - but we both know the truth. Union thugs in industry, education & health care will be the cause of Ontario's failure in the near future.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-11 1:15:12 PM


Liberals, like NDP, are bad for business.

Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-11 6:50:09 PM


i'm glad I don't live in Ontario anymore. Good Luck, cuz youre gonna need it.

Posted by: scrounge | 2007-10-11 7:10:11 PM


As I have said before, the utter stupidity of the general person from Ontario never surprises me anymore. You could chop off one of their arms and they would not notice...

Posted by: Sean Whelan | 2007-10-11 7:26:31 PM


Doesn't Alberta already have a Family Day in February? Lighten up, "competetiveness" junkies, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

Posted by: JP | 2007-10-11 9:04:43 PM


The extra holiday is going over really well. It appeals to the ignorant masses. There are right thinking Ontarians - most live in particular rural regions. Unfortunately, you need clever marketing to sell your brand in Ontario to the rest of the proles. Harris had it. Tory did not. McGuinty convinced people that Tory would destroy the public school system and he drove the message home. Harris convinced everyone that white people could not get jobs if Employment Equity was implemented. Ontarians are afraid of change. You need to scare the crap out of them and you will succeed. This is why Martin's "hidden agenda" campaign worked so well here.

Posted by: Cynic | 2007-10-11 9:05:41 PM


Yep, Alberta has A family day...but that is irrelevant. Focusing in on such a small aspect of McGuinty's platform yet ignoring that fact he did nothing right during his time as Premier is just proving my point...Ontario voters are overwhelmingly simple minded fools that can be duped or hypnotized by a sparkley little item. They deserve what they get.

Posted by: Sean Whelan | 2007-10-11 9:46:52 PM


Just one more Monday that us small business owners get to go in and do the job of four employees, because there's no freakin' way we're paying time-and-a-half to our flunkies. But, of course, there's no such thing as small business to a liberal...just artists, intellectuals, and evil capitalists.

Posted by: flaggman | 2007-10-11 10:01:13 PM


I agree, flaggman. Norman Bates gets to play the hero with his new, touchy-feely "Family Day", while the companies that employ us all struggle with yet another tax. What a knob. I underestimated his political savvy early on, but I have to say Dalt's as slippery as they come. How emperor-like, to give the masses a huge reason to worship him the day after the election.

Quote:
It's too bad Ontarians didn't provide McSquinty with a permanent vacation. Instead, they accepted the bribe of an extra vacation day for themselves.

Posted by: obc | 11-Oct-07 12:43:17 PM
/end quote

This new holiday was mentioned months ago but not during the campaign. I don't know anyone who talked about getting another day off if the LIberals got reelected. John Tory's school funding gambit is what elected Norman.

Quotes:

"Bad bet. He'll wait until after that new holiday when the morons will be in a good & grateful mood for that paid day off from work."

Posted by: obc | 11-Oct-07 1:03:29 PM

"As I have said before, the utter stupidity of the general person from Ontario never surprises me anymore. You could chop off one of their arms and they would not notice..."

Posted by: Sean Whelan | 11-Oct-07 7:26:31 PM

"...Ontario voters are overwhelmingly simple minded fools that can be duped or hypnotized by a sparkley little item. They deserve what they get."

Posted by: Sean Whelan | 11-Oct-07 9:46:52 PM

/end quotes

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Here's a summary of the above— "morons..., utter stupidity..., simple minded fools..."

obc, I thought you were above that but I'm mistaken. Sean, did someone from Ontario steal your lunch money? Why such language?

Posted by: Larry | 2007-10-13 4:52:07 PM


"moron" is an unacceptable term to you? Then YOU must be a maroon!

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 5:02:05 PM



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