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These cuts not part of mandate

I was thoroughly irritated by the Postmedia editorial [May 22], “A Mandate to Cut”.

As a social democrat I was not convinced by the argument that the Ford government “has a mandate to cut spending and to balance the books over time”. Draconian cutbacks were not part of Ford’s platform during the election.

The editorial says very little to prove that a U-turn from “15 years of reckless spending” is now vital. As I see it, that spending was for health care, education, social services and the arts, all the government services that make Ontario a fine place to live.  A government with a heart and soul would be looking for ways to increase revenue – yes, taxation – not give tax breaks to corporations as Ford has offered.

And how about the specious argument that the goal of deficit spending was to “spend Ontario rich,” which sadly didn’t result in streets paved with gold. Nonsense: nobody I know has advanced such absurd justifications for spending.

What disturbed me most, however, was the nature of the rhetoric used to demonize those who might dare to challenge the Ford perspective. Municipal governments and school boards, whose budgets were based on provincial transfers, were denigrated for complaining when the fiscal rug was yanked out from under them. They are lumped in with teacher unions as the “usual suspects” who have supposedly protested that if even a dollar of spending is reduced “children will starve and people will die”. Since when did any government critic make such extremist predictions? And since when did leaders in education and health care suggest that they “want to ignore fiscal reality”?

The extremism here is in the minds of Postmedia editorial writers.  Cheap shots, put downs and exaggerations are not an honest, professional style of debate. We deserve better!

Michael Craig

Owen Sound

Time for amalgamation?

With all the funding cuts to Grey County and cities maybe it is time that Owen Sound, Meaford, Chatsworth and others sit down and come up with a new city with a new name, mayor, councilors, and get rid of the county.

It would eliminate those taxes and it would benefit the whole area with a new city, bigger police force, fire department, etc., and everyone gets a say in how and where on what the tax money is spent on. And open the new city to all development.

Duncan Arthurs

Owen Sound

 

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