Government Relocating Oakville Power Plant Wasteful

What will it take for Ontarians to remove Dalton McGuinty and his incompetent comrades from governing Ontario? They showed beyond doubt a lack of integrity, incompetence, and ineffectiveness; however, they survived three elections.

In 2003, Dalton McGuinty displayed naivety and ignorance – I know I am being generous – signed a declaration not to raise taxes. When he became premier of Ontario, promptly he reversed that commitment. And did much worse. He wasted billions on a failed electronic medical records system. He continued his escapades splurging on ill conceived green energy initiatives.

Accountability is Key
Accountability is Key

Here Dalton McGuinty and his gang go again. He and his cronies with clear political motivation canceled two power plants at a mere quarter billion dollars. The energy minister –correctly assuming the electorate is ignorant, asleep, and apathetic — said the cancellation of the a very good deal. Only a politician would call spending $40 million to produce nothing, acceptable. Sure we must stop our losses, but that’s not saving anything; merely, it curtails waste.

I am not surprised at the wastage; I am shocked at the minister’s arrogance to see positives in this misadventure. Is there one example of a government administering anything efficiently and effectively, and as a good steward? If there are any, they have evaded me. That’s why I have a huge problem with public complacency at perennial government waste.

Incompetent politicians tax us, waste money, tax more, and get reelected. We must find ways to get small governments with minimum administration. Imagine potential savings if competent, non-government people ran our health care, road development, maintenance, repair, snow removal, and other jobs? Name it; generally, the private sector will be more effective doing it than government. It won’t be perfect, but we can enforce accountability.

I accept there are many flaws with private sector businesses. Some are inefficient, and ineffective. They do not have answers for everything, but we can correct them over time, which is impossible with government. Governments lack real accountability; they spend and tax. Sadly, they have a docile, uninformed electorate that listens to silly political speeches before voting.

Somehow, the public seems to ignore current performance and history, before electing politicians. Then again, the choices are limited. Governments lie; people believe them, they get elected, and the cycle repeats.

The only hope is for folks to get involved and insist on government downsizing continually.

God, help us.

Copyright © 2012, Michel A. Bell

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Michel A. Bell

Michel A. Bell is a former senior business executive, author of five books, speaker, and adjunct professor of business administration at Briercrest College and Seminary. Michel graduated from Massachuetts Institute of Technology with a masters of science in management. He is founder and president of Managing God's Money, a private mission devoted to teaching biblical stewardship of time, talent, money and other resources. Visit Managing God's Money

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