Ontarians, in general, seem to be done with bribes from politicians, and may instead want a more secure financial base for their future. A new poll conducted by Ipsos has found 71 per cent of respondents said they would prefer spending cuts in order to balance the budget rather than continuing to run deficits (17 per cent) or raise taxes (12 per cent).
PC respondents expectedly favoured the spending cuts (89 per cent of them), but more than half of Liberal (52 per cent) and of NDP (59 per cent) voters now also say the same.
The poll also found that about a third (34 per cent) of Ontario respondents think PC Leader Doug Ford will do the best job, while 26 per cent say NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will. Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is in third place with 13 per cent of respondents thinking she would be the best candidate.
Why Does This Matter?
While all three leaders have made lavish promises, the NDP and Liberals have competed on a whole other level when it comes to budgetary increases. Neither party projects a return to a balanced budget soon, although interestingly the NDP projects smaller deficits through higher taxes.
With deficits on the mind of voters, neither party is likely to benefit on this issue, leaving wide-open space for Doug Ford and the PCs to claim ground.
This may serve as one of the hallmark issues which unites the large Conservative base as we continue deeper into the election, while large sections of both the NDP and Liberal supporters dislike their own parties’ very costly platforms.
After all, more than half of Canadians are living within $200 per month of not being able to pay all their bills or meet their debt obligations, according to another Ipsos poll.
Maybe its time tax-spend politicians understood just how far they have taxed the average Canadian.