Conservative platform costing: Eighty-two days late, and a big hole to fill

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Conservatives' promises to both cut taxes
and spend more money don't add up. Still. Conservative leader John Tory can
dress it up in whatever finery he likes, and claim - with a straight face -
that his platform is "achievable".
    "It's more Tory voodoo economics, and on the eve of an election. We know
Mr. Tory is hoping nobody noticed he has a huge hole at the centre of his
platform," said Ontario Liberal campaign chair Greg Sorbara. "We noticed. And
so will Ontario families."
    John Tory and his Conservatives are refusing to tell Ontarians where
he'll cut, noted Sorbara. While Tory wants to cut $1.5 billion in what he
calls "efficiencies" - he still won't say what those "efficiencies" are.
    "But what are these efficiencies?" Sorbara asked. "Where are they? Why
won't he tell the people of Ontario? The specific example he's given us, over
and over, is fewer X-rays for sick people. One and a half billion dollars:
that's a lot of X-rays!"
    The last time we saw Conservatives find "efficiencies" it meant schools
gutted, nurses fired and water inspectors shown the door.
    Despite today's media ploy, John Tory's Conservatives have still not
delivered the "full costing" of their 244 promise platform. In fact, Tory has
confirmed what Ontarians have long suspected: Conservatives just haven't done
their homework. The Conservative platform is indeed "mush," as one media
commentator put it this week.
    The $1.5 Billion in missing so-called efficiencies comes on top of the
Conservative's proposed $2.9 Billion cut from health care to cover the health
premium, and $500 million cut from public education to cover private religious
    "We've seen this story before. Just as we're filling in the holes Mike
Harris left behind, we can't allow the Conservatives to dig new ones," said
Sorbara. "Ontario families need our teachers, our nurses and our water
inspectors. We can't go backwards."

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