After all, we are in Canada, so let’s speak frankly; what a fibber !
Below is compilation of Dalton McGuinty’s quotes throughout his campaigns and tenure at Queen’s Park. We invite you to read them and judge for yourself.
- "I promise not to raise taxes"
- "There will be no tire tax, everyone got that ?"
- "We will keep the hydro rate cap until 2006"
- "We will close Nanticoke by 2007"
- "We will not reduce health services for Ontarians"
- "Every penny of the health premium will go into health care"
- "We will live by the balanced budget law"
- "We will make sure the debt goes in one direction only: down." – Liberal 2003 election platform; page 2.
- "We will not raise taxes one cent on Ontario families"
- "I, Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Liberal party of Ontario, promise, if my party is elected as the next government, I will not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters and not run deficits. I promise to abide by the Taxpayer Protection and Balanced Budget Act."
- "To recognize that Liberal caucus members over the last several years have consistently stood in opposition to user fees, and have publicly labeled user fees as tax increases"
- "I don't believe in user fees." (Dec, 2001)
- "I'm not going to speculate on the contents of next year's budget, or the budget coming after that, or the budget coming after that. But I can tell you that, unlike the previous government, we fully intend to live within our means" (June 9, 2004)
- "Well, what we've said all along, and I'm very clear about this, is that we're not going to raise taxes." (April, 2004)
- "Tory leadership candidates Ernie Eves and Chris Stockwell may want to raise taxes by charging families an additional $1,000 a year for health care. I do not” (2002)
- "We will not be raising taxes. Families are carrying enough of burden as it is." (2003)
- "We're not going to raise taxes. That's just not on the table." (Nov 20, 2003)
- "We promise to post daycare inspection and serious incidents reports online" (campaign promise 2007)
- "We’re going to shine a light on all expenses so Ontarians will know who exactly is spending what exactly" (2009)
- "The Green Energy Act will add only 1% per year to your hydro bills" (2009)
- “Year over year, last May to this May, and whether you are on a tiered system or the time-of-use system, it shows clearly that it’s a wash. It’s the same. Bills have in fact stabilized.” (April 21, 2011)
- "We will not go into debt without first obtaining the approval of voters in a province wide referendum or a general election" (Sep 12, 2003)
- "We won’t have to increase taxes on a go-forward basis" (Sep 13, 2007)
- "We will require public hearings on all legislation." (2003)
- "We will freeze growth in Ontario’s public-sector wages" (2010)
Other quotes from notable ministers in McGuinty’s government:
- "You can call them taxes or you can call them user fees." She goes on to say, "Let's look at some examples of ministries that have actually implemented significant user fees right across the board in Ontario -- lots of ways to tax people. Here's a very hidden way that you've managed to tax people." - Madeleine Meilleur,(Sept 2, 1997)
- "The income taxpayer is the same as the property taxpayer and the same as the person who pays user fees. We intend to work with those property taxpayers and those people who are paying user fees to say no to your tomfoolery and restore a sense of order and decency to this province." -- Dwight Duncan, (Sept 25, 1997)
- "We said during the campaign that we're not going to raise personal income taxes, and we will keep our word on that." – Greg Sorbara, April 14, 2004
- "We are going to get out of the business of wasting money, millions and millions of dollars on outside consultants." – Greg Sorbara, May 04, 2004
- "I think on other occasions I have said we are not going to adjust the rate of taxation on personal income in this province." – Greg Sorbara, May 12, 2004
So what do you think ? Look back at the last 8 years under McGuinty and judge for yourself if he kept any promises.
(our apologies in advance to any Viagra users. No pun intended)