This should not be surprising. Next time McGuinty should campaign on this slogan.
If I am elected I promise to break at least one or more of my promises.
He could surely keep a promise like that.
McGuinty muses about cancelling health tax review
Last Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2007 | 8:44 AM ET
Premier Dalton McGuinty has suggested he may change his mind about holding a legislative review of the Ontario government's controversial health tax — even though he promised a review when he brought in the tax in 2004.
McGuinty said the government needs the $2.7 billion the tax brings in this year, so a review would be pointless and redundant.
Last week, the government filed a motion to set up the review committee when legislators return to Queen's Park in the spring.
But on Wednesday, McGuinty questioned the need for a review, given that the health tax is going to stay.
McGuinty said the need is "a technical one."
When asked if he considered the need for a review redundant, he had a succinct answer. "Yes."
The premier acknowledges there is a legal requirement for a review, but said that could be eliminated by changing the law.
It was the introduction of the health tax in 2004 that prompted the opposition to claim that McGuinty had broken his election promise not to raise taxes.
Conservative Leader John Tory said unilaterally deciding not to review the tax would amount to another broken promise.
"The painkiller that was offered [to voters] on the day the massive 'broken promise tax' was brought in was the review," said Tory.