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Beaver Cleaver and the ‘aww shucks’ moment

(Queen's Park Report - August 3, 2010) I couldn’t help thinking of Theodore (Beaver) Cleaver this week as I watched Dalton McGuinty emerge from the shadows after a bumpy July for the Province of Ontario.  Much like the fictional character from Leave it to Beaver, Mr. McGuinty has mastered the “aww shucks” moment. 

In Ontario’s Premier, we have a fellow, whose government is being investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police on corruption charges, was forced to temporarily retreat from a sneaky eco-tax, broke a promise on the microFIT program, and applied a $3 billion tax hike with the HST.  All of this in the month of July, and what was Mr. McGuinty’s response after coming out of hiding?  To paraphrase, it was ‘aww shucks we shoulda’ done better.’  It’s a cute act for Beaver Cleaver, but not the Premier of Ontario.

Just look at how the government is ‘messin’ around’ with the microFIT program.  This is a program where the government convinced all sorts of people to invest tens of thousands of dollars into installing solar panels at their home or on their farm.  The deal was that these honest people would invest in the technology and Mr. McGuinty would buy the power back from them at a specified rate.  Well gosh darn it, the McGuinty government decided halfway through to change the rules after all of these people made their investments.

It was funny when Beaver Cleaver used to go ‘messin around’ with his brother Wally in the playground, but it’s not funny when Mr. McGuinty goes ‘messin around’ with the livelihood of thousands of Ontarians.  In fact, many of the folks I talked to at the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture BBQ near Beeton said they had invested their life savings.  As Beaver would say, that’s a “gyp.”

Then there is the OPP investigation into several government ministries.  There has been no meaningful comment from any cabinet minister on the extent of this criminal probe.  As Wally Cleaver would say, that’s ‘crummy’ for the entire public service that is now forced to defend themselves against suspicion of wrongdoing.

The eco-tax was another significant event.  Everyone from the Environment Commissioner to the hardware store owner seemed to agree it was a sneaky fiasco.  Thankfully, because the PC Party joined with taxpayers to give Dalton McGuinty “the business” (as Beaver would say), the government climbed down from this proposal, but only for 90 days.  It seems Mr. McGuinty needs that time to figure out a more effective way to sneak his hand into our wallets.

While the similarities between Beaver Cleaver and Dalton McGuinty are striking, one thing is for sure, Ontarians do not need a goofy lad to lead the province, we need a leader.  ‘Aww shucks’ just doesn’t cut it anymore.


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