TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - There continues to be a gulf between what
Dalton McGuinty says and what Dalton McGuinty does. Yesterday on Focus
Ontario, Dalton McGuinty said, "I thought it was important to be straight with
So why doesn't Dalton McGuinty just come clean and admit that his
explanation for why he broke the signature promise of his 2003 election
campaign is completely bogus.
Here's what Dalton McGuinty said yesterday:
"The best information that we had - being outside government - was that
they were hiding a $2 billion deficit. We knew we could cope with that.
We knew we could manage that. It was only when we got into government
and asked the provincial auditor to take a look at the books that we
discovered in fact it was a $5.6 billion deficit." (Focus Ontario,
September 22, 2007)
It's simply not true.
MYTH: "The best information that we had...was that they were hiding a
$2 billion deficit."
FACT: Gerry Phillips said there was a $5 billion deficit. That was in
June 2003. (Standing Committee on Estimates, Hansard, June 3, 2003)
FACT: Dalton McGuinty issued press releases on September 22, 2003 and
September 23, 2003 that suggested the deficit could be $4.5 billion.
McGuinty promised, in all caps, that "TAXES PAID BY INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL
BUSINESSES WILL BE THE SAME AS THEY ARE TODAY IF THE ONTARIO LIBERALS
FORM THE NEXT GOVERNMENT."
MYTH: "It was only when we got into government and asked the provincial
auditor to take a look at the books that we discovered in fact it was a
$5.6 billion deficit."
FACT: Erik Peters released his report on October 29, 2003. Dalton
McGuinty said that the $5.6 billion was a problem and would impact his
government's ability to implement some of its platform but raising taxes?
"The McGuinty government...will...maintain personal income tax
rates...." (McGuinty news release, October 30, 2003)
Two days after that he said:
"...we will not be raising taxes." (Focus Ontario, November 1, 2003)
And three weeks after that his Throne Speech contained this statement:
"...This new government made a commitment to maintain personal income
tax rates at the current level. Legislation will be introduced to keep
that commitment." (November 20, 2003)
He followed that up with this:
"We're not going to raise taxes. That's just not on the table."
(Sudbury Star, November 21, 2003)
"We are going to maintain personal income tax rates...." (Hansard,
November 24, 2003)
In fact, he specifically dismissed the idea of increased taxes as a tool
to deal with the deficit during Question Period on December 17, 2003 (that was
the day his government released their economic statement on the province's
"I just don't believe that Ontario families should have to pay the
price.... I'm not prepared to encumber them with further taxes"
And on and on it continued right up until April 24, 2004 when Dalton
"Well, what we've said all along, I am very clear about this, is that
we're not going to be raising taxes." (Focus Ontario, April 24, 2004)
Three weeks later, on May 18, 2004, Dalton McGuinty brought in his first
budget and announced a tax increase of up to $900 per person.
Dalton McGuinty says he wants to run on his record yet he refuses to own
up to his record.
That's not leadership.
With 17 days left in the election campaign it's clear - Dalton McGuinty
is never going to "be straight with people."
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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760