Glen Murray becomes a Republican

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Glen Murray becomes a Republican

Check this out. Glen Murray has now totally gone off the deep end. He now wants to roll back the small tax increase on income over $500k that Andrea Horwath extracted from McGuinty and the reasons he gives are word for word EXACTLY what Mitt Romney or John Boehner would say!

http://ontarionewswatch.com/onw-news.html?id=466

ygtbk

@ Stockholm:

Since it's not like the Liberals are facing a confidence vote in the near future, they have no particular reason to do what Andrea wants. Do you (or anyone else) know how long the legislature can stay prorogued? I don't.

Stockholm

They will have to pass a budget sometime in February or March and the new premier will almost certainly want to bring in a Throne speech.

 

But hey, if Murray's brilliant strategy against the NDP is to denounce Horwath for the exact policy position that just won Barack Obama a US presidential election - my reaction is "make my day!"

toaster

One issue doesn't make someone a "republican".  And it's not the same as the US, because taxes in Ontario are much higher than most areas of the US.  Ontario's income tax system is quite fair in terms of percentage distribution, not so much in the US.  So when Romney says it, it's quite different than when Murray is saying it.  Again, I agree with the tax increase, just thought the comparison was unfair.  I mean if Ontarian's paid 90% of income to taxes, and Andrea said she didn't think people over 500k should pay more than that, would she still be labelled a republican?

Stockholm

If you actually watch the interview with Murray he parrots Republican talking points (ie: "if we 'penalize' (sic.) "job creators" (aka the filthy rich) they will all leave the province and we will lose jobs) etc...as if someone is going to shut down a plant a leave the province over a 2% increase on PERSONAL income over $500k??? Glen Murray is now officially a JOKE

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

In Canadian politics, wouldn't you have to advocate breaking Canada's ties with the British monarchy to be a "republican"?

Skinny Dipper

Whoever becomes the next Ontario Liberal leader, I don't think he/she will seek to recall the legislature.  I do think that the next leader will go to the Lt. Governor by asking to have an election.  Here's why:  The Conservatives still have their coo-koo leader.  At the same time, the Liberals are better off financially to run an effective campaign than the NDP.  The Liberals also probably have more members to run effective local campaigns which can add an extra five percent support for some local candidates.

janfromthebruce

Noted that Glen Murray decided to step down and support Wynne. Now Murray was campaigning on the right side of the Lib party and Wynne is perceived as being left leaning, so perhaps Wynne isn't as progressive as she pretends.

toaster

I think Murray considers himself on the "left" but his actions/proposals/ideas don't line up with how he perceives himself.

janfromthebruce

I read elsewhere in the blogasphere that really there is not much policy difference between Wynne and Pupatella. Interesting that is and reflecting on that (it was written by a lib blogger), Wynne as someone in cabinet would have supported and in the end voted for Bill 115 - a law of convenience to overrule present laws.

Aristotleded24

toaster wrote:
I think Murray considers himself on the "left" but his actions/proposals/ideas don't line up with how he perceives himself.

When he ran for Mayor of Winnipeg, he won with significant support from NDP voters. (His victory in fact came a year before the then-PC government was thrown from office). He was a pretty good mayor by Winnipeg standards, but unfortunately his ambition got the better of him, and he left his post for an ill-fated run for the Liberals (and to add insult to injury, almost every one of his accomplishments for the City of Winnipeg was undone by Sam Katz), perhaps owing to the fact that they were the stronger "progressive" party at the time. That, and he was also frustrated that his proposed overhaul of funding municipal services was trashed from all sides, so perhaps he thought he could get more for cities by having a spot at the federal table.