Liz Sandals, Ontario’s Minister of Education, with curt candour commented on this very point recently, when the revelations of her government’s endearing relationship with the teachers unions became something of a point, following the triumph of her Liberal cousins in Ottawa. Her words are golden: “You’re asking me if I have receipts and invoices. No, I don’t. We know what hotel rooms cost, we know what meeting rooms cost, we know what the food costs, we know what 100 pizzas cost. You don’t need to see every bill when you’re doing an estimate of costs. I don’t ask.”
I wonder if the Senate is looking for a new financial officer. Mr. Trudeau should not overlook the obvious talent on call.
There is, of course, another angle to the Ontario government’s open-handed largesse towards its teachers’ unions. Though they resolutely claim to be absolutely non-partisan (a joke so rich it should be carved in granite, lit up nightly on the CN Tower, and spelled out in gold-plated pizzas), you may survey its “non-political” status from the days of Bob Rae, through Mike Harris (“He haunts them still”) right up to the golden days of Stephen Harper. If they are non-partisan, well then, bulldozers are flying machines, rabbits are doing cutting-edge quantum physics, and Tim Hudak is the next Justin Bieber.