The Malfare State
May 21, 2008 by Paul McKeever
In the Nation Post blog, Rudyard Griffiths opines that “In a recession, our bulked up petrodollar will accelerate the gutting of Ontario’s manufacturing sector and further delay the province’s economic recovery.”
The fortunate fact is that no amount of wealth redistribution will stem the tide of industry to China, and customer service to India. Barring an about face on labour/employment laws, on taxation, and on electricity price controls, McGuinty’s Liberals face an uphill battle in 2011. The real threat to Ontario’s survival is: columns and reports over the next 3 years that imply or state that the Progressive Conservatives would make the necessary changes. Under John Tory, they would not because, in fact, the PCs and the Liberals (since the reign of Mike Harris) again sing from the same hymn book.
If the media choose to present the PCs as a policy alternative to the Liberals, Ontario is damned until at least 2015. Journalistic conservativism – by which I mean presenting fine tunings/distinctions as though they are major re-adjustments/differences – can dash the hopes of Ontario. What Ontario needs, journalistically, is the courage of Jonathan Kay and Mark Steyn…a courage to say that the welfare state is now the MALfare state, and that the right medicine is: a commitment to reason, which mandates free markets.
Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario