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Friday, November 09, 2012


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“Calls for more money to be invested, a much abused word in government press releases, in public infrastructure are usually shrugged off with talk of strained budgets.”

Progressive governments like McGuinty’s “invest” in unions (instead of subways) because unions are a source of campaign funds and even more importantly they are volunteer boots on the ground which has a value impossible to put a price tag on.

For example, a few years ago when John Tory decided to give up his safe seat to run against Education Minister Kathleen Wynne (the heir apparent to the LPO leadership) the dynamics were impossible to overcome. The teachers’ union leader would call upon teachers to take a day off to canvass with Wynne. What was John Tory going to do? Call the President of Rogers and say please send some of your staff out today to help me canvass?

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