So what happened? Where to begin….

It’s a tradition. The only one leftists love. I think it’s also in the constitution. Plus the geniuses at that UN “man-made global warming” department have written a big report signed by 8 cajillion teachers and lawyers, thus ending the debate as the science on this thing is settled. Also, the smart-set, led by the scientist David Suzuki at the state-owned CBC, all embrace it:  Spending promises, and more spending promises, and promises of new government programs, and more government programs, and then also more government “services,” requiring even more public servants.

It hurts my brain.

As a normal, alert and informed Canadian and a conservative who isn’t high on crack, I’ve always mused at the possibility of a politician actually having the balls run on a platform of spending less. And then of course I cry myself to sleep.

220px-Tim_Hudak_(cropped)And then whatdoyaknow, Tim Hudak of the province of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party (ugh  —  the “Progressive” part hurts my very soul) surprised me as he laid this one on us today:

“I’m not going to be the leader that promises you more and more spending,” Hudak said Friday. “There’s no compassion in borrowing money on your credit card and handing it over to you. I’m actually promising less spending.”
— Read more: CTV.ca

Needless to say I put down my sandwich.

While he was at it, he promised to cut 100,000 public service jobs. And freeze public service wages for two years.

What a nut. Spending less taxpayer cash. Reducing the size of the pathologically bloated government. Freezing their own often exuberant wages.  Working toward eliminating a $12.5 BILLION deficit ASAP. It’s like he’s high on sound economics or common sense or just met Ted Cruz or something.

I also read this:

The Tory leader has already said that teachers will be targeted. He also vowed to eliminate agencies like the Ontario Power Authority, Local Health Integration Networks and the College of Trades.

Flo_now_thats_progressiveHe had me at teachers.

Of course the even more progressive parties are against this platform. The socialists of both the Ontario Liberals and the NDP castigated it. Mocked it. The news media helped them mock it by providing them copious face time on TV to renounce this blasphemy against the progressive state.

The progressives all think government is not too big  —  in fact they promise more government, so they think government is too small right now. They think you can never reduce the size of government, no, you can’t cut even one government job. I think that’s also in the constitution, etc  —  at least it’s obviously in their respective political manifestos. If you’re a left-winger, you can only grow government bigger. Now that’s progressive, as Flo might say if she were a socialist running to be premier of Ontario.

For the fanatical public-sector union loving Liberal Party and the NDP, a funny thing happened on the way to their hypocrisy: This:

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Funny how that works, isn’t it? The left’s hypocrisy, I mean.

I don’t have much faith in a party which calls itself “Progressive” anything, even if the other word is Conservative. But this promise is the most refreshing and intelligent thing I’ve heard in this country, in too long.

I’m going to finish my sandwich now, and remember this promise  —  and the caterwauling from the far-left and further-left about it.

 

 

Joel Johannesen
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