With the Toronto Sun blaring the news that Dalton plans to give to union goons with one hand and take away from the civil service with the other, all indications are that it's going to be a long, hot, sweaty summer for the Ontario Liberals as they selectively feed the various and multipliying interest groups that have attached themselves to the government the way barnacles attach themselves to a ship. Guess there isn't enough of Dalton's love to go around.
Fig. 1: Ontario Union.
There are two possible ends to this public sector sausagefest. One is that Dalton spends every single dollar right down to the last penny and the province descends into Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
The other is that Dalton plans to use the unions until he doesn't need them anymore-which experts have estimated to be exactly 0.0000063 milliseconds after the election- and then embark on a magical hack-and-slash Adventure Quest through the union ranks so that they can cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
Wicked, tricksy Dalton doesn't have any friends! Nobody likes him!
Ohhhh, I'm sorry Leslie.... you didn't think Dalton appreciated you for your sparkling intellect and writing skills, did you? No, with Dalton, it's all about the body, or rather the bodies you can scrounge up to get him and his people re-elected.
What's that? You don't think he'll tell you and your union sisters to take a long walk off a short pier? This is the man who has been thumbing his nose at the electorate since the Biggest Tax Increase Ever way back in 2003. This past week alone has seen him introduce a wage freeze that lasted about as long as a snowball would outside today. And just in case you didn't know, he will be appointing this province's biggest supporter of faith based education as his candidate in Thornhill so that he can fund faith-based schools that are faith-based on October 7th, 2011.
And whom does Dalton plan to gain as his new beaux as he covers the walls with union blood? Why, the same people who decided that *we* are the unprincipled ones.
Of course, 15 years ago the same people were busy falling in wuvv with Paul Martin because he cut transfers to the provinces, and continued to love him even though he eventually revealed himself to be the exemplar of the unscrupulous, unprincipled political operators. Guess lots of people are easy this summer.
I have a better idea: Let's elect a Tim Hudak government and perform the cuts ourselves. That way we can all- PC, Liberal, and union- maintain some semblance of fidelity to whatever it is we're supposed to be faithful to.