I drove around Essex once, and it was unpleasant to say the least. Very glad to see that they are upgrading this to a VMP-esque dual carriageway. How long until the project's estimated date of completion?
Originally Posted by Mister F
Well Eves was a big part of the Harris administration so my point remains. As for the debt increase, almost all of that has been after the economy tanked when everybody has been taking on debt, or immediately after taking office when they had to deal with Eves' deficit. And a "massive" increase in taxation and spending is a pretty big overstatement.
Eves was as much a part of the Harris administration as Martin was part of the Chretien administration. But you'd never see anyone claiming the two governments were one and the same.
As far as your spending comment goes... are you kidding? McGuinty increased spending from $70-billion to $94-billion in the period from 2004 to 2008, which is about a 30% hike. I would not only call that "material", I would call it "substantial" (or even "outrageous"), and this increase took place during your so-called "good years". Now, there are two ways to finance an increase in spending without a corresponding increase in GDP: you can either raise taxes or fund it with debt. Since this is a provincial government, monetary manipulation is not an option.
Originally Posted by vid
With the HST, the sales tax on almost everything went from 5+8% to 13%. That's a HUGE increase. 5+8 < 13.
As much as I dislike McGuinty, my mother always told me to give credit where credit is due. The HST is actually a good idea since it takes the PST tax burden off of businesses. People only lash out at it because the hidden costs suddenly became plainly visible. But he's still a dickweed for not introducing it earlier.