Sometimes I’m forced to watch Global TVs 5:30 news. Sometimes I linger long enough, past the dire Global Warming footage, and “green” energy announcements, to catch the promo for the six o’clock Global Toronto News. You know, the promos where the local figureheads are walking around Toronto, touting about how much they know about what’s going on. What I saw last night had me falling off my chair.
The promo starts. Here we have the two figureheads, Anne Mroczkowski and Leslie Roberts. They are in a gym and an irate guy comes up to them with a bill complaining about how expensive it has gotten. The figureheads reply (paraphrasing):
Oh, yes, the bill has gone up another 8% when the HST was introduced. Ottawa is taking that money and giving less of it back to Toronto.
Here’s the thing. I, and people who read my blog on a regular basis, know this is utterly false and misleading. The extra 8% on top of the gym bill constitutes the PST portion of the HST, and, of course, ends up at Queen’s Park, NOT in Ottawa. Ottawa does not get ANYTHING extra from the HST, and is in fact, out $4B that it has given to the province to ease the transition. I am worried about the average (brain-dead) viewer in Toronto though, who just laps up anything Global serves to them. And this promo is exempting McGuinty, whom we desperately have to get out of office this fall.
Problem is, that this is a promo for a NEWS SHOW. They are supposed to report the news, not promote any one political party over another. However, in one promo it is helping Dalton McGuinty in exempting him from the higher HST bills, AND laying the blame solely on The Harper Government (see what I did there?).
I think Global Toronto is starting to see McGuinty might lose this fall!
Need a link to this promo video. I you have one, let me know!