Welcome to the December 1996 edition of ESR...
Its not often that I find an example of someone in the media
who got it right
and especially from an unlikely source like syndicated
columnist Claire Hoy. In case you dont know who he is, Hoy wrote
a scathing indictment (as should be) of Progressive Conservative Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney in 1987 entitled, Friends in High Places:
Politics and Patronage in the Mulroney Government. Perhaps hes
a journalist who simply tells the truth
"The fat-cat union leaders and their assorted propagandists
-- aided by a willing media -- continue to claim the destruction of Ontarios
social infrastructure with little regard to the facts and even less to
the impact of their illegal actions may have on those citizens who simply
want to get to work and live their lives without interference."
Thats what Hoy thinks anyway, and I find it hard to disagree with him. In his column, Hoy made a powerful argument that the leaders and protesters were basically a collection of special interest groups "most of them sucking on the public teat" who were ignorant of the real facts. Where they cried "See the cuts!", Hoy proved that the cuts were small, much smaller than the cuts that the federal Liberals were making. All across Canada, Hoy stated, governments of all political stripes realize that the uncontrolled spending of the past can no longer occur.
"Their concern isnt the people of Ontario,
its fighting to protect their own internal power structure. Its
a war theyre not going to win."
I recently received The Prime Ministers Forum in the mail. It seems I just cannot get off the mailing list of the Liberal Party, though perhaps for the better. In this pamphlet, our Prime Minister makes the case for his job strategy. What job strategy you ask?
I have an idea that will undoubtedly spur job creation, but I honestly
doubt that PM Chrétien and Finance Minister Martin will take it
seriously. Cut taxes. I know they have not the fortitude to eliminate
taxation, but they could at least cut taxes. Let people rightfully spend
more of their money, let businesses expand, let job creation come from
the free market. I realize they couldnt take full credit for the
ensuing job creation, but they would be doing something morally right
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