Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
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Wouldn’t it be great if both sides could lose in the confrontation between Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and public sector union leaders over the Liberal government’s pay-freeze legislation?
McGuinty got us into this mess with nine years of kow-towing to the unions, billion-dollar scandals like eHealth, Ornge and the Green Energy Act, and cancelling natural gas plants to save a few Liberal seats at $40 million a pop.
Having to listen to McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan pretend the huge financial mess they’re trying to clean up isn’t their own, is bad enough.
But having to endure public sector union leaders carrying on about a mere two-year wage freeze as if it was Armageddon, is like having to endure the sound of nails screeching across a chalkboard.
Don’t these dinosaurs get it?
Private sector workers in the wake of the global economic meltdown in 2008, which has savaged their ranks, have nothing more to give. End of discussion.
We’re also fed up with McGuinty’s mantra that his wage freeze legislation is preferable to laying people off.
No it isn’t. Not if layoffs are necessary to get the debt and deficit under control.
In fact, the one argument union leaders are making that we agree with, is their allegation there are tens of thousands of surplus managers and supervisors in the public sector we don’t really need.
The only difference is, we’d tell people the whole truth.
That is, that in addition to surplus managers, there are no doubt tens of thousands of employees working under them we don’t really need as well.
No one likes to see anyone lose their job, particularly in hard times.
But the reality is the public sector has yet to undergo the necessary downsizing that the 2008 economic crash turned from a long-term crisis into an immediate emergency.
Until that happens, all the Liberal talk about getting Ontario’s finances under control will be just that. Talk.
As for all these crybaby public sector union leaders, suck it up for once in your lives, live with the two-year wage freeze and be happy you still have a job.
Because hundreds of thousands of unemployed Ontarians would be happy to trade places with you.