Analysis: Document leak looks like an election platform

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Queens Park in Toronto on April 1, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI...

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Queens Park in Toronto on April 1, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

TORONTO -- I was confused when PC Leader Tim Hudak and his finance critic Vic Fedeli released a document Tuesday they claim is the detailed plan for the roll-out of the Liberal budget.

Was it an April Fool's joke?

Or, was it a script for a new comedy show?

It sounded like a cross between Yes Minister and Monty Python.

Apparently, the Liberals have an internal finance ministry task force code named Budget Leaking Team -- or BLT, for short.

I snickered at such a ridiculous code name.

Why not EGG -- for Expensive Gas-plant Gaffe? Or SUB -- Stupid Underhand Baloney? Because that's the real problem around here.

Then again, this is the same Liberal government that called the gas plants "Project Fruit Salad" and "Project Banana" when they scrapped them, so another food acronym made perfect sense.

We have an out-of-control government that can't balance its books, that's under scrutiny by the OPP over two scandals -- the deleted e-mails and the Ornge air ambulance boondoggle -- and they're still playing James Bond with code words?

Give me a break.

The document, the Tories say, was leaked to them by disgruntled civil servants.

"I have never seen this in my entire time in politics, where the Liberal party is basically drafting all of the public servants and putting them to work as Liberal staffers. That's an extraordinary use of taxpayers' dollars and shows a party that has lost its way," Hudak told reporters.

I'm not so sure.

Call me cynical, or Machiavellian, or just plain mean, but I'm starting to think it was the Liberals who leaked their own budget.

It moved the Tories off the gas plant scandal and onto the budget in question period.

According to this leaked budget, the Liberals will increase spending by $5.7 billion. Just what we need at a time when they've doubled the provincial debt to $270 billion and we're still struggling with a massive deficit.


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