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The great tax debate heats up

Ever since he lost that vote on the vehicle-registration and land-transfer taxes, mayor David Miller has been saying all the right things. Today comes news that Premier Dalton McGuinty and Miller have already mapped out a path to their preferred happy ending. Not so fast: today Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory meets with a select group of city councillors regarding the city’s fiscal situation. Council’s right-wingers still think they can defeat the new taxes when the issue comes up for a vote again in October. Tory will no doubt announce his party’s intention to upload costs. He will also probably do a favour for his Conservative councillor friends and expound on the city’s need to be more frugal. Hopefully Tory will do us all a favour and compel council’s opposition to pull together a coherent alternative, which they have yet to do.

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