There is an old chestnut of a ‘Little Johnny’ story that goes something like this.
A teacher in one of Toronto’s finest schools wanted to give her students a lesson in business and salesmanship. What she got was a lesson in politics. She gave her students a weekend assignment to sell something and then give a presentation on how they had done and what methods they had used to be successful.
The following week, Little Sally led off. I sold Girl Guide cookies and made $30”, she said proudly. “My sales approach was to appeal to my customer’s civic spirit and I credit this approach to my obvious success.
“Very good”, said the teacher.
Little Tommy was next. “I sold magazines”, he said. “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events”.
“Very good Tommy”, said the teacher.
Finally it was little Johnny’s turn and the teacher held her breath. Little Tommy walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467”, he said. “$2,467” the teacher said, “What on earth were you selling?”
“Toothbrushes said Little Johnny. “Toothbrushes” echoed the teacher. “How on earth could you sell enough toothbrushes to make that much money?”
“I found the busiest corner in Toronto”, said Little Johnny. “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample. They all said the same thing. Hey. This tastes like dog poop.n Then I would say, It is dog poop. Wanna buy a tooth brush?”
“What I did” said little Johnny, was use the Kathleen Wynne method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it’s free and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth!” Little Johnny got five gold stars for his assignment and the government took the money.
I thought of this old joke because it occurred to me that while many of us are caught up in the political boondoggle in the United States, we have been ignoring what is going on in our own country and in my view, there is plenty of dog poop here to go around!
The obvious place to start, would be with the Federal Government, but Justin Trudeau is still Canada’s Poster Boy, so we will give him a pass for now, although it would be nice to see more substantive initiatives to help middle class Canadians and fewer photo ops and bare-chested selfies.
So, let’s move to Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario. Here is a Premier with a 26 per cent approval rating, a discounted credit rating and the largest debt of any sub sovereign government in the entire world. Quite an achievement you might say. She leads the political party that spent hundreds of millions of dollars of our money to move gas plants so that the Liberal Government could get re-elected.
Having reached that goal, she took on Hydro, privatizing much of it and managing (or mismanaging) to create the highest electricity costs in our history. In addition, while she has promised to keep Cap and Trade tax for carbon emissions to a five dollar increase on households, she will be hiding this cost by listing it in the “delivery” charge line of our residential home heating bills. She has refused to list the Cap and Trade charges as a separate item as does British Columbia and Quebec. Consequently, we will never know if the Cap and Trade tax is actually held at five dollars. And to add insult to injury, by burying this tax in our home heating bills, we will be paying H.S.T. on all of it, a tax on a tax!
The net result on all of this nonsense is that Ontario is in serious decline. The cost of energy for many Ontario industries is too high. Some are leaving and others are simply cutting back on employment. Ontario is becoming less and less competitive. And for those who think this is an overreaction, the proof is in the pudding. In this last month alone, Ontario lost 18,900 full time jobs and 17,100 part time jobs.
What astonishes me is the apparent lack of concern for this state of affairs. Some would say that this would never have happened under a Conservative Government. I don’t know about that. What I do know is if this were a Tory Government that had messed up our Province to this degree, there would be shouting from the roof tops and people in the streets. Hard to figure. Hopefully it isn’t too late for a toothbrush to get the bad taste out of our mouths.
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