Of all of the contentious and debatable things making headlines right now – apart from Sir Orange Head of US-land – there’s one thing that should have us all taking up pitchforks and torches and raiding Queen’s Park.*
Our Premier and her finance minister cooked the books about hydro. We suspected it. The opposition parties accused them of it. But when Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk finds that they lied and used fancy math, you know it’s a fact.
In Lysyk’s words, the accounting practises the province used to hide the true debt of their hydro reduction plan is akin to you or I counting our credit card debt as an asset. Her findings were so outrageous and reflected so poorly on this province’s Liberal government that she consulted Auditors General in other provinces and had them check her work. They came to the same conclusion.
What now, Ontario? The last time the Liberals screwed up this badly, by cancelling the unpopular gas plants and costing us more than $1B, Dalton McGuinty threw himself on a grenade and pushed Kathleen Wynne out front before the election. The minority Liberals came back with a majority. What next? Shall we make Wynne our Queen?
I’ve voted for every major party over the years. My far-right colleagues say I’m Liberal but I’m really more centrist. This isn’t about the party that’s in power, it’s about a bad government that has reduced hydro bills in the short term and tried unsuccessfully to hide from us that it will cost us more in the long run, for about 30 years at least. So, what are we going to do about it?
*Please note the “taking up pitchforks and torches and raiding Queen’s Park” reference is not literal. Do not buy a pitchfork or a torch and never, ever raid Queen’s Park. It will turn out very badly for you. Thank you.