Until Toronto accepts this reality and begins to tax itself at an appropriate level then it will never become the truly world class city that it could be.
And that won't happen until the "game" is changed.
You can be sure that if Ottawa were to offer additional money for the ST overage, that money would not be raised by taxing Fredericton or Kamloops. Similarly, if Doug Ford agreed to pick up the difference, he would not do that by taxing Windsor or Thunder Bay.
The reality is, the extra money will have to be raised in Toronto.
But the "game" of politics says it is quite acceptable to demand the money from Ottawa, and let them be the bad guys when taxes go up. And then demand money from Queens Park, and take credit for pressuring the big guys until they cough it up.
Taxation in this country is a game in which we are taxed out of one pocket and then the politicians try to look like they have fought the good fight to bring us money that came from another pocket. Except - it's just giving us our money back.
I can't fault Toronto politicians for taking the easy route and playing the game - and doing it well.
It's the game that needs to be changed.