Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Beginning of the End for John and Pierre

I read in the Globe and Mail yesterday that the government is considering going after the Public Service pension plans as a way to reduce the deficit. This, of course, is only the beginning.

This is a common tactic of Conservative governments when their gross mismanagement of the public purse finally catches up to them.

The Mulroney government found themselves in the same situation in the 1990s and they went after the Public Service pay and benefits.

The result was Ottawa became a Liberal bastion for three straight elections.

Now we are seeing the beginning of the same thing again in 2010. The Public Service is still the biggest employer in the National Capital Region and many of those folks live in Nepean, Barrhaven and Orlean, suburban ridings currently held by Conservatives. However, pissed off Public Servants could tip the balance back to the Liberals again. As well, the 416, 417 highways have caused many of them to live further out of town which could cause problems for Conservatives in the broader Eastern Ontario Region.

It is nice to know that Conservative ideology does not make allowances for past mistakes. I am really looking forward to the National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario being painted red again.

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