After 15 years, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals see taxing and spending as the answer to each drawback.
And any try to scale back taxing and spending, no matter whether or not it helps common individuals, is seen as harmful, reckless and a menace to public providers.
Thus Wynne’s out-of-touch response to Ontario PC chief Doug Ford’s promise to decrease fuel costs by 10¢ a litre.
“We all know that most individuals received’t really feel that,” Wynne mentioned Thursday about Ford’s pledge. “The fact is that the costs fluctuate, the costs vacillate wildly.”
Wynne’s pooh-poohing is a measure of how disconnected the Liberals have turn into from the lives and struggles of on a regular basis Ontarians.
She apparently doesn’t imagine individuals will “really feel” a break on a mandatory expense that for many — particularly center class and low revenue households — battle with a rising affordability disaster.
It’s the identical out-of-touch considering that noticed the Liberals allow hydro charges to skyrocket on this province, and auto insurance coverage premiums, and taxes, debt and charges for public providers.
What Ford is proposing to do is decrease fuel and diesel costs by slicing excise taxes on gasoline, ending cap-and-trade and preventing the federal carbon tax.
With the worth of fuel edging up $1.40 a litre, a fill-up now simply ranges from $50 to $100 and extra and taxes are a giant a part of that. Ford says his 10¢ a litre tax reduce will save the common driver $500 a 12 months.
Wynne, nevertheless, already has plans to spend that cash.
“By saying that he’ll take 10 cents out of the fuel tax that’s a billion and a bit , that’s big, big assist yearly for constructing infrastructure, constructing transit across the province,” Wynne mentioned.
Once more, the Liberal mindset is rooted in a 15-year apply of seeing deficit spending, debt development and tax development as the one instruments or choices obtainable to assist infrastructure.
It’s a deeply cynical and self-serving mindset that views layers of forms, waste, inefficiency and mismanagement as inevitable and mandatory prices of doing enterprise.
It assumes public packages can’t be delivered in higher, cheaper methods — that expertise as one instance, can’t assist make authorities extra reasonably priced.
Wynne doesn’t get it. The Liberals don’t get it. They haven’t for 15 years.