Originally Posted by Spocket
Well, if you joined Manitoba, you could completely forget about highway upgrades. Manitoba is a province that has had over 60 years to finish one single, fixed length freeway and plenty of opportunity to do so. Still not even close to finished. We only just finished twinning the TCH to the Saskatchewan border. It's pathetic.
And social programs...you're still better off in Ontario. Manitoba has plenty of them but we can barely afford what we do have and you'd almost certainly get less money if you joined Mb.
It sounds like the Manitoba PCs are going to implement Harris' "Common Sense Revolution" with their funding cuts, hospital closures and tax decreases, so you're about to join us. Next up is merging multiple school boards into a single board, eliminating dozens of highways (and essentially all highways in any city with more than 10,000 people) and cancelling any provincial support for public transit or urban housing, even if it means un-building stuff that's already under construction.
There will be many strikes and they'll use trickery to "balance" the budget without actually balancing it and then the province will become an economic basket case when the left wing party returns to power. Have fun!
Thunder Bay has only been connected to Toronto by road for about 65 years so we're not too far behind you on the highway upgrades. The only reason we're getting a twinned highway to Nipigon is because the MPP for this area is in cabinet.