Feb 092012

Paul McKeever’s response, today, to a Toronto Sun report that Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader, Tim Hudak, wants the province to plough ahead with an $8.4B expansion of Toronto’s subway system:

Mr. Hudak (paraphrased): “It’s only money. Other peoples’ money. The government should take $8.4B from those who earn it, and build an underground railway owned by the government. That way, the government can continue to undercharge riders, and run the railway constantly into the red. But don’t worry, we can go back to the earners, year after year, and loot them a bit more so that we can pay the ongoing costs of the new rail line. Don’t forget: voters want this…especially the ones who will ride the line daily, paying only a fraction of the freight.”

Dear Sun readers: A choice between two socialist parties – the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives – is a choice between death by electrocution and death by lethal injection. We’re in the middle of an economic crisis. We’re running record deficits. Ontario’s credit rating is being lowered, as a result. And here we have both liberal and conservative socialist party leaders thinking that blowing $8.4B to subsidize *some* peoples’ travel is appropriate. Tell that to the majority of Ontarians, who will never, ever, travel on that line. Try to tell that to earners in Windsor, Cochrane, and Ottawa. Heck: try to tell it to most of the people living in London, Burlington, Brampton, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Bowmanville.

Put this in context. $8.4B would buy enough fully-serviced MRI machines to put many – more than enough – in every significantly-sized community in Ontario: about 8400 manned machines. Now, of course, that would mean more people being able to prove, in a timely way, that they have a need for immediate surgery or other treatments, so I sincerely doubt the advocates of our government monopoly on health care would want such accelerated diagnoses (death of waiting patients, together with delaying diagnoses until operations and treatments would come too late to save the patient: these are, after all, significants parts of the Ontario health care system’s cost control plan). But it does show you how entirely warped are the priorities of the governing socialists and the opposition socialists. You die, so that the taxpayer can subsidize the cost of Jimmy’s travel on the reds’ “rocket”. Sound like a good deal? Just what you, as a taxpayer and voter, are demanding? Somehow, I doubt it.

If you are a member of the liberal or PC parties, isn’t it time you took out your membership card and put it in the shredder?

The next time you pull out your cheque book to help a political party, and the next time you are in the voting booth, consider choosing not to sign up for additional spending, debt, and taxes: https://freedomparty.on.ca

Thank-you for your time.


Paul McKeever, B.Sc.(Hons), M.A., LL.B.
Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario

NOTE: Since the time of publication, any mention of Tim Hudak’s support for the project has been removed from the Sun’s online article. However, the Toronto Star made a similar report, here: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2012/02/09/premier_dalton_mcguinty_says_he_is_obligated_to_consider_councils_transit_decision.html