Scandal upon scandal plague the Ontario Liberals and yet shamelessly they continue on to the next scandal without so much as by your leave.
Worst of all, the opposition, the PC party is full of dead people. But saying that would be like insulting zombies who would have done a much better job at hounding the Liberals out of Ontario. Sadly, the PC party is simply not up to doing the needful.
The Liberals hold on to their power in Ontario only because of the Labor Unions whom they have pampered every which way and these organizations prop them up. The non-Canadian companies are opting to close shop and move out because they can’t afford the demands from the Labor Unions and the govt. of Ontario will not help those companies to get the blackmailers off their backs. Ultimately, its the citizens of Ontario who are the losers but being the full-blown masochists that Liberal voters usually are, they welcome the constant flaying they get and beg for more.
Adrian Morrow writing at Globe&Mail:
Wynne responds to Auditor-General’s tough report on Ontario Power.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to rein in Ontario Power Generation after an audit revealed that the agency was hiring more executives and paying them big bonuses when it was supposed to be downsizing.
The government will table legislation early next year to give it direct control over salaries, benefits and other perks at OPG, she said.
“I’m deeply concerned about what seems to be the culture in that organization,” she told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park. “We have a need for the government to have more control over compensation packages and we will be introducing legislation in order to put those controls in place.”
The province has already fired three top OPG executives – the chief financial officer and two vice-presidents – in the wake of the damning audit.
Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk revealed Tuesday that OPG’s executive suite had ballooned in recent years and that the majority of those new bosses received top bonuses. Meanwhile, OPG was shedding jobs in the lower ranks and denying top bonuses to regular employees.
Ms. Lysyk also took aim at the Crown corporation’s generous pension plan – the vast majority of which is funded by taxpayers – and the fact that OPG appeared to be hiring its employees’ family members without any evidence that it had followed correct procedures…….
So apparently Justin Trudeau fancies himself the next Jack Layton. How adorable.
On the evening of Monday November 25 he told a crowd of supporters “make no mistake, the NDP is no longer the hopeful, optimistic party of Jack Layton… it is the Liberal party tonight that proved hope is stronger than fear, that positive politics can and should win out over negative.”
“Hope” and “optimism” aren’t empty catchphrases trotted out after the Liberal Party is caught on video tearing down their opponent’s campaign signs in an effort to hold on to a seat it has held for 91 of the last 100 years.
The Parliamentary Budget Office has come out with a report, suggesting that the Conservatives will likely balance the budget ahead of schedule. But, and it’s a big but, if there were no EI surplus, there would be no balanced budget in 2016. And the annual surplus in the EI Operating Account is no small potatoes – it’s forecast to be at least $3.5 Billion in 2014. But this forecast is based on an EI coverage rate of 41%, and recently it’s been more like 38%, meaning the 2014 EI surplus will probably end up being over $4 Billion.
The recent byelection in Toronto center – won handily by the Liberals’ Chrystia Freeland in a race against the NDP’s Linda McQuaig – ruffled quite a bit of feathers. Justin Trudeau’s victory speech in particular gained a lot of attention, in part because of the controversy it drummed up of quoting Layton’s final letter while accusing the NDP of running a negative campaign.
Linda McQuaig has now issued a post election op-ed, addressing the charge of the alleged NDP negative campaign head on: As the NDP candidate who ran against Freeland, I disagree. My campaign was heavily focused on issues, (Read more…)
Liberal MP Judy Sgro continued her efforts yesterday to add
lobbyist-inspired provisions to Bill C-8, the anti-counterfeiting
legislation. Having already proposed
removing the personal exception for travelers (leading to increased
border searches) …
The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology held its
clause-by-clause review of Bill C-8, the anti-counterfeiting bill yesterday. I appeared
before the committee last month to express concerns about some lobbyist
demands for reforms, …
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
Day in and day out, or so it seems, Justin Trudeau hammers away at one theme above all else: that he is, or so he claims, engaging in positive politics. It isn’t the Senate Scandal that he cites most often, it isn’t big issues like the economy or climate change, it isn’t little but novel policy details like legalizing marijuana. His focus, the defining element that commands our attention in the time since his ascendancy, has been that he keeps telling a us how positive his leadership has been.
Politicians should run positive campaigns. But they shouldn’t run on the (Read more…)
OTTAWA — Senior management at the CBC doesn’t plan to ask for new federal funding and anticipates “minimal” impact on programming following a deal announced this week that leaves the public broadcaster without advertising revenue from professional hockey broadcasts. As […]
Byelections are strange political beasts; blizzards of electoral activity of moot significance. There is an intense desire to discern significance in their minutiae, seeking smoke signals that portend the next election.
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A reader who says he has “long supported both the NDP and the Liberals” writes:
“I think the most important decision fac…
In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a by-election coming on Monday. Candidates are going head to head (to head) in Manitoba, Montreal and Toronto.
There’s been the usual tricks and nastiness endemic to backroom politics. In Montreal, candidate Stéphane Moraille’s signs were taken down by Liberal campaign staffers in Bourassa In Manitoba, some anti-Liberal literature raised eyebrows: A mailout to voters in Manitoba’s Brandon Souris riding that baldly states the Liberal leader “does not have the judgment to be prime minister.”
Sadly, these tactics are nothing new. But transposing legendary Black leaders apparently is. First, (Read more…)
Worthwhile article from Chantal Hebert here.
She’s not the first to link Harper’s gutting of environmental regulations, skeptical attitude towards climate change and attacks on the environmental movement to other countries (particularly our major trading partner south of the border) reluctance to embrace Canada’s natural resources, but in just two sentences, Hebert does a good job of exposing the box that the Conservative government has painted Canada’s economy into:
“Harper has made it impossible to have a national conversation on the economy without talking about pipelines, but just as impossible to debate those without addressing his climate change record. (Read more…)
It’s strategy re-think time in Ottawa. With Parliament headed towards its Christmas recess, leaders will be doing their assessment of what is working, what needs to be changed, and what lies ahead.
The Conservative strategy is not going to change. Say the Canadian economy is strong, ignore evidence to the contrary, and fight off questions about other issues such as the Prime Minister’s responsibility in a criminal matter being investigated by the RCMP, involving his former chief-of-staff paying off a Senator.
New Democrats have been attacking the credibility of the Prime Minister, using his conflicting statements to the House of Commons about the payment by the PMO of $90,000 to Senator Duffy, to show Stephen Harper’s disdain for Parliament, and the truth.
The poster above, which I first saw when former Parliament Hill Liberal staffer Ben Parsons brought it to my attention on Twitter, is from the BC NDP. It advertises a political fundraiser to be held this March. In fact, the B.C. NDP have been holding this annual event since 2003. Here’s the poster from the [...]
Nice to see some sensible Liberals disagreeing with the ones within their party who usually sell their mothers, wives, daughters and themselves for votes.
……Mr. Tanguay’s comments created a major rift within Liberal ranks after Ms. Houda-Pepin said she was “hurt” and “shocked” by the remarks. Ms. Houda-Pepin, the only Muslim woman sitting in the Quebec National Assembly, noted that the chador was the “ultimate expression of oppression of women” and a “radical symbol of fundamentalism.” She feared that the party was drifting away from its roots by failing to stand up for the rights of women in the face of the rise of religious fundamentalism.
“I am women of ideas,” she said in a Radio-Canada interview on Friday. Ms. Houda-Pepin said she was not breaking ranks with the Liberal party, adding she supported her party’s opposition to the contentious Parti Québécois secular charter bill which proposes to prohibit the wearing of overt religious symbols by public sector employees.
“On the question of the chador we both agree,” Mr. Couillard said in a news conference in Montreal. “I’m holding out my hand to Ms. Houda-Pepin for her to come to caucus and explain her position.”
Mr. Couillard said he had no intentions of expelling Ms. Houda-Pepin from caucus for publicly criticizing her colleague. But he added that it was up to her to take the first step towards reconciliation, otherwise she would be expelling herself from the caucus, he said……….
OTTAWA – A high-profile federal Liberal candidate campaigning in Toronto on a platform of…
I found this interesting; one of the Toronto LPC riding associations put forth a list of policy resolutions over the weekend and sounds like it asked their member what should be top priority for a new LPC government to implement. I have a copy of the preliminary paper which lists everything that was discussed, but I’ll refrain from posting it online for now, as I understand several of these were combined in subsequent revisions. If I get my hands on a “final copy” and I’m permitted to do so, I’ll post that.
Until then however, I can post what my “Top 3 Priorities” would be from looking at this list, [...]
but keeps handy a long list of barbers.
Ezra Levant writing at SunNews:
…..We already know what country Justin Trudeau admires most, besides Canada: China.
Not for its culture or history or even its economic growth. He admires it for its political system. That was the question. And that was his answer:
“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we need to go green fastest … we need to start investing in solar.’ “
That’s a shocking answer – factually false about Chinese pollution, morally blind to China’s brutality, ignorant about what values are essential for a would-be Canadian prime minister. But no one in the crowd – this was at Trudeau’s ladies’ night fundraiser – even expressed surprise, let alone objection, to this startling statement.
Neither did the Liberal auxiliary campaign team – that is, the many reporters in the room. Not one media outlet reported the story, other than the Sun News Network.
It was only after the QMI Agency’s story on Trudeau’s gaffe went viral that other media grudgingly reported it. But not all other media – the CBC’s national news waited three days before doing a perfunctory story on the subject, implying that Stephen Harper feels just the same way.
And as of last night, the country’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, hasn’t seen fit to write a single word on the matter.
But the news embargo on Trudeau’s gaffe was broken by QMI Agency, and the story went viral. So the Media Party switched from pretend-it-didn’t-happen mode to spin mode.
On Sunday, a 26-year old reporter with Canadian Press, who usually handles their film festival beat, thought she’d do her best to save her celebrity hero.
Here’s the first sentence of the story Diana Mehta wrote: “An admission that he had a degree of admiration for China’s method of governance had Justin Trudeau deflecting a volley of attacks through the weekend, but some suggested the Liberal leader’s comments carried little to be aghast at.”
Except Trudeau didn’t say he had “a degree of admiration for China’s method of governance.” He said he admired their dictatorship. She couldn’t even bring herself to repeat the word……..
One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in […]
OTTAWA — The NDP — Canada’s chief champion for Senate abolition — is reminding Canadians why the red carpet ought to be rolled up with a collection of “Senate Hall of Shame” trading cards. First unveiled at the Conservative Party […]
OTTAWA — It’s a hallowed day in Canada and one marked by poppies and ceremonies across the country, but for how revered Remembrance Day is to Canadians — and a Conservative government that trumpets Canada’s military heritage — Nov. 11 […]
Ipsos Reid just released new federal poll numbers.
Their latest poll was conducted between Oct. 25 and 28, 2013. Their previous poll covered Oct. 16 to 20, 2013.
Here is a comparison between their 2 polls
Oct. 20 Oct. 28
NDP 27% 31% up 4%
Lib 33% 31% down 2%
Con 31% 30% down 1%
Grn 2% 2%
Blc 6% 6%
“The major beneficiary of the scandal seems to be the NDP so far. Tom Mulcair’s party, the Official Opposition in the Commons, has gained four percentage points since last week to sit at 31 per cent in the polls.”
- and –
“He said the NDP’s persistent strength in the polls makes the party a factor to watch. “The only thing we’ve seen that I think is of particular interest in all of this is the NDP strength hanging in there. The fact the NDP has got a new floor that is at least 25 [per cent] makes them definitely a spoiler in whatever goes on in the future.”
News release from Ipsos Reid including tracking graph:
Of particular note is the movement of the NDP over these two weeks, which gained 4 points from the first week of polling to the second. Most of that movement can be explained by gains made in Alberta (26%, up 9 points), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (39%, up 6 points), Ontario (33%, up 6 points) and British Columbia (36%, up 5 points).
Ipsos Reid just released new federal poll numbers. Their latest poll was conducted between Oct. 25 and 28, 2013. Their previous poll covered Oct. 16 to 20, 2013.
Here is a comparison between their 2 polls
Oct. 20 Oct. 28 NDP 27% 31% up 4% Lib 33% 31% down 2% Con 31% 30% down 1% Grn 2% 2% Blc 6% 6%
With the Senate scandal being front and centre in the news for the past couple of weeks, and with the performance of Thomas Mulcair hammering away at Harper in Question Period, I think we can see Canadians (Read more…)
NDP vows to keep pressure on PM over Senate expenses NDP’s caucus chair speaks to media after meeting with MPs
CBC News Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:07 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 11:31 AM ET
Frankly, I’d much rather that Mulcair pressure the Cons about the EU Trade Pact and why the citizenry was not consulted, or the pipeline idiocy that could destroy the environment of the East or the West…the fact that Mulcair is focusing on Cons whingeing at Cons does nothing to further the interests of the country..Let Junior Trudeau have at this issue, after (Read more…)
It’s very important to Canada’s economy that we send a resource (we can’t use without killing the planet) to Communist China so their economy can continue to pollute at record pace as they ship unneeded goods to the United States and Canada so we can bury them in our landfills when we aren’t burning them […]
Glad I decided to wake up!!
I would have liked to hear what the father’s little boy had to say to that. I would have also liked to know what happened to the lapping beauty and how she managed to pull that oversized foot from her mouth. HAHAHAHHAHAHHA
Lesson for today: The truth is extremely difficult to keep hidden.
In case you missed it, here’s the most magical moment in Liberal politics that I’ve witnessed lately http://t.co/1BwfOXWXRS
— Stephen Taylor (@stephen_taylor) October 23, 2013
As originally posted: Accuracy in Media
October 14, 2013
WASHINGTON — Western Maryland is trying a last-ditch, almost Hail-Mary effort to secede and break away from the state of Maryland.
Reuters reported that Scott Strzelcyk is heading the effort and calls the current political situation in Maryland a type of political slavery.
This is a long shot because it has not happened since the American Civil War.
Strzelcyk’s main point is how Western Marylanders are upset with high taxes and a severe political split between the conservative, rural areas of the region compared to the liberal, suburban and urban areas of the state.
Other regions across the United States are also floating similar proposals, such as conservatives in southern Oregon and northern California, liberals in Tucson, Arizona and conservatives in Colorado as well.
Gridlock between state legislators in addition to the U.S. Congress contributes to the proposed secession movements.
Money that Ontarians would have liked to spend in building more schools or hospitals or several other facilities or inception of programs that would create jobs for this Province. Instead, here we are …. as stupid as ever. Voting for thieves again and again … and again and again they stab us. Gluttons for punishment … we Ontarians.
BrainFeed below has compiled a vid that tells us more on this latest Liberal boondoggle of complete corruption and disrespect to voters.
Antonella Artuso writing at TorontoSun:
….It’s $1 billion-plus boondoggle. Ontarians will pay as much as $812 million to cancel the Oakville gas plant, the lion’s share added to hydro bills over the next 20 years, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk concluded.
Lysyk’s report released Tuesday says the total bill for cancelling the plant could reach $1.1 billion, offset by future savings of $437 million, for a net cost to taxpayers and ratepayers of $675 million.
Auditors found that an additional $140 million could be blown on the extra cost of delivering gas to Napanee, where the Oakville plant was relocated.
The hefty price tag, on top of the $275 million lost through the relocation of the Mississauga gas plant, means Ontarians will spend an estimated $950 million to $1.1 billion to not build two electricity plants in the Greater Toronto Area.
“This is a lot of money,” Lysyk said simply.
And in a damning aside, the auditor noted that Ontarians didn’t have to pay this much for the provincial Liberal government’s decision.
“On cancelling the Oakville plant, the Premier’s Office assured TCE (TransCanada Energy) that it would be compensated for the full financial value of its contract for the Oakville plant instead of relying on (protections) in that contract that could have minimized the damages paid to the builder following cancellation,” the auditor’s report says…….
The House of Commons has released a summary of expenditures for individual members of Parliament for the 2012-13 fiscal year, including how much they and their offices spent on travel, accommodations, residences, hospitality, advertising and a number of other categories. […]
Building on a successful House of Commons session last spring, featuring an exposé of over-spending by prominent Conservative-appointed Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallen, Tom Mulcair has been on an extensive NDP campaign tour across Canada calling for Senate abolition.
Tying Prime Minister Harper to a spending scandal is a way to discredit him as someone Canadians can trust to mind national finances. Calling for Senate abolition distinguishes the NDP from the Liberals, the party strongest in the polls.
OTTAWA — The top Liberal in the Senate says he knows there are only a few bad apples in the red chamber when it comes to spending, and that new expense disclosure rules for his party should help address widespread […]
On Monday, staffers in the offices of Liberal MPs across the country started tracking their bosses’ travel and hospitality expenses, preparing to post them online this time next month. For the first time, voters will be able to see how […]
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau has tapped star byelection candidate Chrystia Freeland to help craft…
That’s what Pundits’ Guide and David Akin wrote about new Mulcair candidate Linda McQuaig’s approach to politics in their (both very good) summaries of the Toronto Centre nominations.
I was happy to spend the day pulling vote for Chrystia Freeland, who McQuaig wasted no time in attacking. Those who read my blog frequently will know that I would be a wild hypocrite to pretend to be offended by going on the attack, but as Liberals, we have to realize both that Mulcair’s NDP will pull as few punches as the Harper Conservatives in both Toronto Centre and Bourassa going after (Read more…)
OTTAWA — New Democrats aren’t going to let a little prorogation get in the way of their job — holding the Harper Conservatives to account. Although the return of Parliament has been delayed by a month, Tom Mulcair said his […]