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Ontario responds to failing economy with tried-and-true happy dance routine

Many observers wondered how Ontario's Liberal government managed to pull of a surprise re-election last May - and a majority at that - given the party's unimpressive record and ten years of accumulated baggage. The answer was relatively straightforward: they put on a happy face and spun a tale of better times ahead, which resonated with voters even though it was preached from atop a growing mountain of debt and unemployment.

Though dubious at best, it went over much better than the dire warnings the opposition Conservatives were issuing. Against all evidence, voters chose to go with what they were told rather than what they could see.

Six months later, the tale is unraveling fast. That shouldn't come as a surprise: the story concocted by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa was designed to get them through an election. If they won, they'd worry about the fallout later. And it worked: they have four years to pray that a solution presents itself, since they don't have any workable answers themselves.

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