Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 17, 2007 13:55 ET

Desperate McGuinty Liberals Twist Faith-Based Facts Again

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty is so desperate to divert attention away from his dismal record he's smearing Howard Hampton and Ontario's NDP - and getting his facts wrong. On December 17, 2003 Ontario's NDP voted against McGuinty's Bill 2 because, like many a McGuinty move, it unfairly imposed a new tax retroactively - a move slammed by tax experts as unfair and unprecedented.

During debate on Bill 2, NDP Finance Critic Michael Prue explained the NDP position:

"The equity in education tax credit proposed by the previous government is abhorrent to me. I do not agree with it. I will never agree with it. I believe the legislation was flawed at its inception, and I believe the legislation that doubled the amount from 10% to 20% in the second year was wrong... Having said that, there is something bad about this bill. There is something that caused me, in the whole part of this bill -- although I am supportive and I've just spoken now for 21 minutes on what is good in this bill -- that causes me, as a legislator, such grave concern that I cannot, in all conscience, support what is otherwise excellent legislation. What causes me the grief is that this bill is retroactive. No bill in Canada, no law in Canada of which I am aware, in the last 30 or 40 years, be it federally or provincially, has been retroactive, save and except on occasion when that retroactivity will cause benefit or where people are given the opportunity to choose one set of regulations versus another, whichever one will be of greater benefit to them. Where there is an option, retroactivity can and may work. But that is not the case here."

SOURCE: http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardespeaker/38-1/l017a-720.html

This desperate attack on the NDP is just more of the hypocritical double talk that Ontarians have tired of hearing from Dalton McGuinty. McGuinty says "the defining issue in this election campaign is whether public money should be diverted from public education to private schools." By his own definition, he and members of his caucus including Michael Bryant, Montie Kwinter Ted McMeekin, and Mario Racco are wrong for having supported funding private schools with public money.

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