Just like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty is cramming major changes into a bloated budget document, hoping to force the NDP into supporting his budget rather than risk another election so soon after the last one.
The Premier is trying ramrod substantial changes to the way Ontario runs its government through by including major changes in the budget, and the NDP is calling him on it.
Now McGuinty is crying foul, claiming he has been double crossed by the NDP, and trying to fudge the issues, while threatening to dissolve the Legislature.
Amongst the major changes McGuinty is trying to slide through is this one:
The Premier's threats are in response to clause-by-clause committee negotiations over the budget bill (Bill 55). Public service unions, health care advocates and the NDP have been working furiously to amend or reject a little-known section of the bill — Schedule 28 — that could result in the sell-off of any government service. It contains provisions to make one Cabinet minister the "privatization czar" and enable him or her to act, without legislative debate, to sell off anything from health care to roads to the issuance of drivers' licences.
If his government falls because of his foolish tactics, McGuinty has noone to blame but himself, and hopefully Ontario voters will punish him and his party for trying to abuse the process while only having a minority government.
We really don't need Liberal premiers to emulate the disgraceful behaviour of Stephen Harper towards our democratic bodies.