Before you vote May 2nd


Stephen Harper  is asking Ontarians to remember the Bob Rae years. Fair enough. But Ontarian’s should also remember the Harris years of cuts to  social programs and labour unrest. This is particularly important when Harper is talking about cutting $11 billion in government expenditure over the next few years.  Key members of the Harper cabinet including his finance minister, are ex Harris cabinet  ministers.

Harris cut social assistance rates by 22%. The Ontario Conservatives stated that too many people were taking advantage of the program, and that it acted as a disincentive for seeking employment; no matter that the cuts increased the hardship of Ontario’s poorest residents. Harris also introduced “Ontario Works,” frequently referred to as ” workfare” a program that required able-bodied welfare recipients to participate in either training or job placements.

The Harris government laid off several hundred nurses to cut costs in the health sector and  implemented a series of hospital closures on the recommendations of a Harris appointed Health Services Restructuring Commission. He cut health spending to record levels and introduced a Fair Share Health Levy (tax) that applied to high-income earners to help pay for mounting health care costs

The Harris government cut funding of major urban infrastructure projects and municipal services. These cuts resulted in Walkerton. In the name of municipal government efficiency Harris eliminated many smaller communities by amalgamating them into larger units.

Harris was responsible for major changes to Ontario’s educational system which reduced the quality of education in Ontario. He eliminated the fifth year of high school in Ontario (known as the OAC  year). He reduced the powers of school boards.

The results of all these cuts: the Ontario deficit rocketed an additional $20 Billion.

Ontarians, before you vote Monday please think about what the Harris Conservatives did to Ontario.

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Pooka, a small but fierce gray tabby. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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