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|User Info||Ontario (Canada) Recognizes Fundamental Math; entered at 2012-02-16 21:06:52|
Many in Ontario would point out that is simply a refund of the 40 years worth of payments it made to Canada when times in the heartland were good.
Many would, including myself. But roles have reversed...it used to be that Ontario was rockin' and Alberta was knockin', but now the opposite is true with the oil sands.
Anyways, Ontario has NOT seen the light. This was a consultant, he has put it all on the table and yet already we are seeing the current Liberal Premier's cherished sacred cows like all day preschool (almost $2B/yr.) labelled untouchable.
Agreed, Ontario has not seen the light. Yet.
Health/Education are $70B of $125B (56%) and rising faster than growth and inflation.
Case in point: I got a small piece of glass jammed in my heel a few months ago. I couldn't walk without a lot of pain, so I decided to try the ER in a large suburb of Toronto. I went in at 1:00am and waited 2.5 hours for a "doctor" to run an x-ray, then to tell me there was no glass (or maybe there was but he just couldn't see it) and that I should just go home. He never looked closely at my foot.
I put "doctor" in quotes because he likely makes over $100,000/yr, yet he was unable to take the time to use a magnifying glass and look closely at the wound and see what he could do that way. He did however spend those 2.5 hours using his loud voice yapping with another male nurse about things that don't matter (golf scores etc.), all while 10 patients in the queue (some with children) waited in the waiting room as we listened to his very boring stories. Wasted time, and I'm sure he got paid to be there regardless of his efficiency.
Our government needs an overhaul from the top down. I bet anybody with half a brain could run the whole sha-bang up here in Ontario for less than half of what it's costing us right now. Let's see here -- the cost of using a magnifier and tweezers vs. ordering an X-ray and sending the guy home after 3 hours? Hmmmm, I better hire a consultant to tender this out and give me 3 opinions so I can decide which once is the financially prudent decision. But it's all covered on the OHIP card, so don't worry it's free ha ha.
Did I mention I had to pay $15 out of my own pocket for parking?