Ontario’s Throne Speech: The Coming Budget

It has been said that Liberals ask, “How can government solve the problem,” where as Libertarians ask, “How can the individual solve the problem?”  If it is any sign that there is truth in that statement, one need only look at the Throne Speech from Kathleen Wynne.  After having expanded her cabinet to include 27 ministers, it is hard to see how anyone can believe she will actually make the tough decisions needed to get the economy back on track.

Some of the most interesting phrases in this speech included, “The tools of progress must be forged in the fire of our collective will” (On twitter @LukewSavage questioned if that was an intentional shout out to Lenin).  She speech also said, “We all gaze upon different skylines.” Another beautiful image, though I question its relevance.  There was also mention of a new youth advisory council.

In short, the speech had many beautiful words and symbols, but lacked on meaningful content and solid plans.  As the new Premier-Agriculture Minister her speech lacked real content about agriculture.  The Liberals did not tell us how government would solve the problem, however they vaguely alluded to job creation, and various changes that would be good for Ontario.  Unfortunately, they did not leave much room for the individual to solve the problem either.

Tim Hudak, leader of the official opposition said his party would vote against the speech: “A little bit of PC, a little bit of NDP and a whole lot of Dalton McGuinty isn’t going to get us out of this mess … we’re not going to be supporting the throne speech.”  Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP, seemed open to compromise.  Regardless, the deciding factor will be the budget.  With a shaky minority government, and a new Premier, Ontario could be headed into an election any time now.  We know that Tim Hudak wants an election, as the PC’s have nominated most of their candidates.  We certainly know that Kathleen Wynne wants to hold onto power.  The only question is the NDPs. Do they want to pick up a few seats, or exert their influence over the Liberals and shift the budget to the left?  Horwath is seeking a job-subsidy program for youth employment, corporate tax reform, a reduction in car insurance rates, and improved home care for seniors.  Over the next few weeks Ontario will see if she is asking too much, or if it’s the cost of compromise for Ontario’s Liberal Party.

-Alanna Newman

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