Do you know what is the cost equivalent of buying a $2 cup of coffee? It's buying a pair of really inexpensive socks, or a weekday edition of one of Canada's fine newspapers. Or some fancy gum.
Sadly for the Ontario Liberals, a billion-dollar boondoggle involving cancelled gas plants is not the same as a cup of coffee. Even if the comparison seems to make for a choice sound bite.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli made the errant comment on Thursday that a pre-election decision to cancel a gas plant in Oakville, Ont., would cost the public about the same as a double-double.
"It's less than a cup of Tim Horton's coffee a year," Chiarelli told reporters about the eventual per-ratepayer price tag.
And it was no accident it was Tim Hortons coffee referenced in Chiarelli's comment. Tim Hortons is the classic Canadian reference evoked by politicians of every stripe to appear folksy and down-to-earth. This time, it was a misfire.
[ Related: Canada adds 21,600 jobs in November ]
The comment came afterRead More »from Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli misfires by trivializing price of gas plant fiasco