Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thank God Sorbara is Gone

Better the devil you know, they say. Not this time, at least when it comes to Ontario Finance Ministers. Better the new unknown than the known tax and spender Sorbara.

There is little good news from McGuinty's new cabinet, except perhaps the departure of Finance Minister Greg Sorbara who imposed the hated health tax, despite having promised not to raise taxes.

Sorbara says he wants to spend more time with his family. Perhaps the real reason is revealed by the National Post which reports that a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court alleges Sorbara pushed York Central Hospital to locate a new dialysis unit in a property owned by his business associates, rather than a healthcare centre proposed by local developers.

This isn't the first time Sorbara has landed in hot water causing grief for the Liberal government.

He resigned on October 11, 2005, following a police investigation involving his family's real estate development firm and was reinstated on May 23, 2006 after a judge ruled that there was no cause for including Sorbara's name on a search warrant.

It is hard to imagine a new Finance Minister doing worse than his predecessor but that remains to be seen.

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