A year ago Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty solemnly pledged to
Ontarians in prime-time TV election ads that he would make
Ontario a better place without raising taxes.
A year later, Ontarians who voted for the "choose change"
motto and believed the party would follow through on its
election commitments face a harsh and opposite reality.
Instead, over the next four years Ontarians will be paying
$9 billion more in taxes thanks to a hefty health
premium that now-Premier McGuinty continues to insist he had to
implement because a huge deficit left him with no choice.
"You bet that put a crimp in our plans," McGuinty
said, still blaming the derailing of the rookie government's plans
on the multibillion-dollar deficit left behind by the previous Conservative
"We made a very difficult decision, not a popular decision,"
McGuinty acknowledged in an interview as the Liberal government arrives
at the first anniversary of its election today.
"It wasn't the kind of thing designed to boost our
political popularity," he said with a smile of resignation after
facing months of relentless criticism for breaking his marquee election
promise. "It was designed to get more money so we
could invest and improve the quality of our health-care system
for Ontarians," he explained.
"I'm proud to report we're making some real, measurable progress." Source.