A Superior Court judge in the province of Ontario, Canada, has ruled that politicians are not required to keep the promises they make. The judge said that anyone who believes a campaign promise is naive about the democratic system.
During the 2003 election Dalton McGuinty, now premier of Ontario, signed a written pledge that he would not raise taxes or implement new ones “without the explicit consent of Ontario voters.” Soon after being elected, he presided over the largest tax increase in the province’s history.
An attempt to disguise the new tax by calling it a health care “premium” has also backfired. Many unions have clauses in their contracts requiring that their employers pay any health care premiums, so courts are now forcing employers, including the government itself, to pay the tax on behalf of the employees.