Happy Anniversary!

    Multi-billion dollar Conservative hole celebrates 2 months

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Two months ago today, the Conservative party
unveiled their latest scheme to take Ontario backwards. Or part of it, anyway.
They conveniently forgot to include any numbers indicating how much their 244
promises would cost and how they would pay for it.
    Which is funny, because just three days before releasing their platform,
John Tory said his party would "have a full fiscal plan that ultimately will
accompany...our platform when it's completed in time for all to see for the
election." (Media scrum, June 6, 2007)
    By the time the platform was released, Tory had changed his tune: "we
will have a costing once the Auditor General has reported." (Media Scrum,
June 9, 2007) It has now been 51 days since the pre-election report on the
provinces finances was approved by the Auditor, and Ontarians are still no
closer to knowing how the Conservative party will fill their multi-billion
dollar hole.
    However, since then, Conservative spokesperson Brendan Howe has changed
the Conservative position again, saying "the numbers will be released in due
course. And in plenty of time for Ontarians to examine before they vote."
(Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, July 13, 2007). Of course, Howe doesn't mention
what the Conservatives think "plenty of time" means.
    All of this leaves us with some simple but familiar questions for the
Conservative John Tory:
    How many hospitals will you close and how many nurses will you fire to
pay for the $2.9 billion you want to take out of health care?
    How many teachers will you fire and how many public schools will you
close so that you can give $500 million to private schools?
    Is this what you call leadership?
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