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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BOB RAE PRESS

Here is an article from the Toronto Sun, to serve as a reminder. You can read it here.

The real skinny on Bob Rae

By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN

Today, because way too many people seem to be forgetting what those years in Ontario were like ...
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Toronto Sun, Sept. 7, 1990: "Ontario has its first NDP government today after voters resoundingly rejected Premier David Peterson and his vision of the future. A pale and shaken Peterson, who lost his own seat, ... said he was stepping down as Liberal leader. Premier-elect Bob Rae's New Democrats won a majority government with 74 of the 130 seats."
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Sun, April 30, 1991: "Ontario's first NDP budget broke the piggy bank yesterday. We're saddled with the highest provincial deficit in Canadian history at $9.7 billion ...
"Treasurer Floyd Laughren said ... 'We had a choice to make -- to fight the deficit or fight the recession. We are proud to be fighting the recession' ...
"'It's a tax timebomb,' said Brien Gray, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. 'It's economically and socially irresponsible.'"
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Sun, May 3, 1991: "Treasurer Floyd Laughren concedes he may have to increase taxes by $5 billion over the next three years ... Laughren told the Legislature he couldn't 'quarrel' with opposition estimates the government needs to boost revenues to meet its financial forecasts."
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Sun, May 10, 1991: "The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is angry that Bob Rae's government is deciding business policy 'without any consultation whatsoever.'
"In a speech yesterday to the Empire Club of Canada, chamber president Tom Corcoran warned NDP policies could force Ontario businesses to close -- or leave."
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Sun, June 11, 1991: "The real estate recovery is slowing down in Ontario. And the Toronto Home Builders' Association -- which today will unveil that May new home sales are off by about 10% -- is blaming the 'fiscally irresponsible' NDP government. THBA president David Keenan warns 'Bob Rae and his Moscow Central' are killing off any gains in consumer confidence. 'Since the budget, our members have sales and traffic off by about 8-10%,' said Keenan."
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Sun, July 25, 1991: "Voter support for the NDP has reached new depths, a poll suggests. Only 19% of Ontario voters would cast ballots for the NDP if a provincial election were held today, a survey by Insight Canada Research ... shows."
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Sun, Sept. 7, 1991: "Premier Bob Rae has slammed the brakes on government-run auto insurance, scrapping a key NDP election promise because of the recession.
"Rae said he abandoned plans for public insurance because it could have put 5,600 people out of work permanently and would have cost $1.4 billion to start."
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Sun, Oct. 4, 1991: "NDP government economic policy threatens to drive out a third of Ontario's small businesses, employing 500,000 workers, a business group warned yesterday.
"'Ontario is in danger of becoming the rustbelt of the North,' said John Bulloch, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business."
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Sun, June 20, 1992: "Premier Bob Rae got his wrists slapped by his own party last night when members voted overwhelmingly in favour of more government accountability ...
"'He must realize that he needs this party,' said NDP veteran Mel Swart, who endorsed the resolution."
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Sun, May 20, 1993: "It's the dirtiest and biggest tax blow in the province's history. Almost no one will escape the long arm of NDP Finance Minister Floyd Laughren's $2 billion tax grab -- not even gardeners buying dirt and sand.
"And his deficit-fighting budget has drawn outrage from all sides ... Union leaders charged the government is fighting the deficit on the backs of working people while letting corporations and the wealthy off the hook ... business complained the government just doesn't understand the private sector.
"Laughren said his goal was to get the government's financial house in order in this budget and that's what he's done by reducing his deficit to $9.2 billion this year. That's still $1.1 billion higher than he projected only a year ago."
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Sun, June 30, 1993: "Have you sat down yet to figure out how much poorer you'll be when the NDP's massive $2-billion tax hit kicks in tomorrow? Paul Pagnuelo, vice-president of the Ontario Taxpayers' Coalition has, and he's spitting nails. In fact, he's so upset, he warns all employers should put this cautionary note on pay envelopes issued after July 1 ... 'WARNING: Contents may cause you to explode.'"
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Sun, July 8, 1993: "Ontario's 950,000 public sector workers now officially face three-year wage freezes and unpaid days off as Premier Bob Rae rammed through his despised social contract legislation last night ... A huge outburst erupted ... when the final count was announced, forcing Queen's Park security to haul out several angry protesters ... Rae refused to be interviewed after the vote and ducked out a back door."
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Sun, July 23, 1993: "The Ontario Union of Public Service Employees will file a bad faith bargaining charge against Premier Bob Rae's NDP government over layoff notices ...
"'If you want a negotiated settlement, you don't issue 2,000 layoff notices in the middle of bargaining,' (OPSEU negotiator Andy) Todd said. 'They appear to be saying, 'so much for bargaining'.'"
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Sun, July 30, 1993: "Premier Bob Rae says he makes no apologies for unpopular policies like his social contract. And Rae yesterday warned tax-weary Ontarians that tough measures are the only way to tackle the province's economic problems and hinted there's more to come over the next two years."
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Sun, Oct. 6, 1994: "A mob of furious public sector union members shoved past security guards and tried to crash a New Democratic Party fundraising dinner in (Windsor) last night ... 'There is no peace in the house of labour, Bob Rae,' shouted CUPE president Sid Ryan. 'It's a sad indictment of this government ..."

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Blogger TrudeauO'Reilly said...

Did I not mention that it was to serve as a reminder? Doesn't reminding people deal with bringing up past issues? I thought I was being pretty clear, as I also linked to the article. So me lowering myself to what exactly? The truth?

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