Tuesday, September 13, 2011

20 Reasons TO Vote for Tim Hudak and the PC's

These are just a few reasons why, on October 6, Ontarians need to vote for change.  There are numerous additional reasons beyond this list - the PC's led Ontario for a majority of the 20th century, they have a strong record of keeping taxes low and good governance, and the Liberal corruption under Dalton McGuinty has just become unbearable.  But really, you could only need one reason to vote for change.

(Originally from http://crux-of-the-matter.com/2011/09/04/twenty-reasons-to-vote-for-tim-hudak-his-pcs/)

Elections matter. Voting for the devil you know versus the one you don’t know will not bring jobs and prosperity back to Ontario. So, this blog post is for all those who are undecided because they don’t know what Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and his PC team stand for or why they should vote “FOR” the PCs.

While there are, no doubt, many more reasons to vote in favour of a PC government, I have chosen TWENTY points from the PC election platform, “Changebook,” that suggest a PC government, with a Premier Hudak at the helm, would gradually return Ontario to “have” status and once again be a leader within Confederation.  

(1) Income splitting: A PC government would give middle class families earning a combined income of $70,000 the opportunity to split their income up to $50,000, providing an annual tax savings of approximately $1400 a year (page 10).

(2) Fewer eco taxes:  A PC government would cancel the eco taxes on all household items (page 11).

(3) Removing HST from hydro bills: A PC government would remove the HST from home hydro bills (page 12).

(4) Removing HST from home heating bills: A PC government would remove the HST from home heating bills (page 12).

(5) Removing Hydro Debt Retirement Charge: A PC government would remove the “Debt Retirement Charge” on hydro bills, which should have been removed in 2010 once the debt was paid. But, by keeping it on household hydro bills, the McGuinty Liberals have simply placed a huge unnecessary energy burden on regular families and seniors (page 12).

(6) Reducing income taxes: A PC government would reduce income taxes by 5% on the first $75,000 of taxable income putting $258.00 more dollars in the pockets of a taxpayer earning $70,000 (page 10). When combined with income splitting, the removal of the eco taxes on household items, the HST on hydro and home heating bills and the Hydro Debt Retirement Charge,  there will be significant family savings.

(7) Cancelling Smart Meter program: A PC government will unplug the mandatory Smart Meters, reverting one assumes to regular meters. Meaning, that Ontarians will be allowed to do their washing when it suits their schedule, not that of the government (page 13).

(8) Shutting down the OPA: A PC government would shut down the “Ontario Power Authority,” a temporary energy bureaucracy that now has 253 employees. Moreover, 91 of those employees now earn over $100,000 and the CEO more than $570,000 (page 13).

(9) Reducing Red Tape: A Premier Tim Hudak would appoint a Minister responsible for reducing up to 30% of the “red-tape” and the regulatory burden currently experienced by business, manufacturing and agriculture (page 16).

(10) Reducing hydro costs for farmers: A PC government would provide farmers with a ”Business Risk Management” program that will stop excessive and skyrocketing hydro bills.

(11) Providing marketing opportunities for Ontario VQA wines:  A PC government would introducing a “Buy Ontario” policy that will increase market access to Ontario VQA wines -- which at the moment get very little shelf space at Ontario Liquor Control Boards (page 18).

(12) Paying down the deficit: The plan is that a PC government would balance the budget gradually over the long-term by the second year of a second mandate in 2017-18 (page 20). While some will say the PC numbers don’t add up, I believe they do. I worked for a PC MPP in the first Harris government and their deficit repayment plan between 1995 and 1999 and into 2000/01 was very similar at which time the Bob Rae NDP deficit was completely eliminated — because tax revenues gradually increased as a result of more people working.

(13) Investing in patient care and classrooms: A PC government plans to invest in direct patient care and classroom education (as opposed to hospital administrator and teacher salaries) (page 20).

(14) Increasing the Caregiver tax credit: A PC government will double the Caregiver tax credit (page 11).

(15) Getting rid of LHIN’s: A PC government will eliminating the 14 Local Health Integrated Networks which spend a huge amount of taxpayers money and don’t listen to the concerns of the communities they serve (page 22).

(16) Increasing LTD beds as the population ages: A PC government will add 40,000 more long term care (LTC) beds — 5,000 new and 35,000 renovated — which will help with the huge increase of “baby boom” seniors coming on stream over the next ten years (page 27).

(17) Adding more post-secondary spaces: A PC government would create up to 60,000 post secondary spaces (page 30).

(18) Ending foreign scholarship program:  A PC government would put an end to the McGuinty foreign student scholarships (of up to $40,000 a year) which put the needs of foreign students ahead of Ontario students (page 30).

(19) Investing in K-12 education: A PC government would increase investments in education by $2 billion by the end of the 1st term in 2015 (page 28).

(20) Rooting out school board waste: A PC government would root out board of education waste. For example, since 2004, the Toronto District School Board’s trustee expenses have soared by 55% and the number of administrators and teachers who earn more than $100,000 has increased by 181% over the same period (page 28). Like hospital administrators, school boards officials and trustees just keep finding ways to spend taxpayers hard earned money.

For those who want to know why Ontarians should NOT vote for the McGuinty Liberals, check out the links on this post.

Updates: Here also are YouTube videos of Tim Hudak’s press conferences — beginning with his visit to Brampton on September 6th.