Saturday, April 02, 2011
Things are looking very good in the Atlantic provinces. Great candidates across the region. I expect at least 6-7 more seats for the Tories. This editorial and cartoon shows why. The grits are out of ideas. They don't respect provincial jurisdiction and they are basically out of touch with Canadians.
The Liberal Party has been touting a national child care program for at least 20 years in one form or another and have yet to find approval from either Canadian voters or the provincial governments, which ought to tell them something.
Instead, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is trying again in this federal election, which only illustrates and highlights how out of touch he is with voters and provincial realities.
The details remain vague and the promise is to give half a billion dollars to provinces in year one, rising to $1 billion by year four, but that's just the beginning. Independent experts have consistently estimated that a national day care program will cost between $10 and $14 billion annually.
Whatever the exact numbers, they are huge and would represent massive new spending when virtually every province - even the rich ones - are trying to retrench, curb spending and find money just to keep existing programs (especially health care) properly funded. And that's within the context of voters - who are the same taxpayers with but one pocket whether the money goes to Ottawa or provincial treasuries - feeling they are already over-taxed.