Friday, May 13, 2005

A new fantastic point of view

The Ottawa Sun is similarly pleased at the sudden epiphany of our provincial finance minister: You have to know that the Ontario government is finally on to something good when the New Democrats and one of the country's most outspoken union leaders start screaming bloody murder. Frankly we were a little shocked -- but in a good way -- when Finance Minister Greg Sorbara told a business audience yesterday that he's in favour of public-private partnerships to rebuild huge blocks of Ontario infrastructure. Drawing on private funds to fix roads, schools and hospitals could represent a new way of doing business in the province, Sorbara told an audience of business leaders in his traditional post-budget luncheon speech. [...] Not since the biblical conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus has there been such a turnaround in thinking. Our only question is, what took the Liberals so long? We have long been advocates of harnessing the business acumen and experience of the private sector which, unlike the government, knows how to get things done efficiently and at the best possible price. They have to -- otherwise they're not in business long. The NDP and Canadian Union of Public Employees, naturally, are nearly apoplectic at the prospect. But then they usually are when talk turns to doing anything in a businesslike manner. As for us, we just hope the minister is ready to back up his words with action. There are a lot of things I can get behind, if for no other reason, strictly on the basis of angering the right people - and the NDP and their union allies are always the right people, in that regard.

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