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Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

So the Grits will name their new leader next April. Let the games begin! The smart money is on JT, but I hear there is an experienced fellow from Sherbrooke who is looking for work… ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Sinkholes: one of the results of ignoring municipal infrastructure deficits and obsessing with property tax cuts. Expect more sinkholes, . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

Accidental Deliberations: The End of the Blue Grit?

Yes, last night’s Kitchener-Waterloo by-election resulted in a resounding victory for the Ontario NDP and new MPP Catherine Fife. But perhaps more noteworthy is the signal the result sends to the McGuinty Libs – as well as his partymates elsewhere in Canada.

In effect, the Libs’ by-election message boiled down to two themes. Most of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The End of the Blue Grit?

Impolitical: A Kitchener-Waterloo note

If this had been known: Elizabeth Witmer put an end to speculation about why she stepped down as MPP after 22 years. She said her decision had nothing to do with politics. Her husband of 32 years has cancer.

Might the by-election result have changed? Might voters have looked on it as less of a . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A Kitchener-Waterloo note

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Poll Predicts A Comfortable Win For The NDP’s Catherine Fife In Kitchener-Waterloo

In a Forum Research poll, conducted Tues. Sept. 4, 2012, support for the NDP was at 42%, while the Liberal and Conservative support had dropped to 26% each. In their previous poll early in August, the NDP and Liberals were at 30% and the Conservatives were at 34%.

Story from The Record.

This is good . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Poll Predicts A Comfortable Win For The NDP’s Catherine Fife In Kitchener-Waterloo

The Liberal Scarf: Horwath skips vote on Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund and runs Rob Ford supporter in Vaughan – what does her NDP stand for?

Kitchener-Waterloo NDP candidate Catherine Fife is running on a slogan of “Leadership that delievers”, but a look at the actions of NDP leader Andrea Horwath and her fellow NDP candidate in Vaughan raises questions about what exactly she wants to deliver.

Yesterday, the Ontario Liberals gave new support to the Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund, to help create jobs . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Horwath skips vote on Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund and runs Rob Ford supporter in Vaughan – what does her NDP stand for?

The Equivocator: Tracey Weiler Runs Away From Tim Hudak

Is that a rooster crowing I hear? Yesterday Tracey Weiler, the “Progressive” Conservative candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo ran as far as she possibly could away from Tea-Party Tim Hudak.

First in an interview with CTV Kitchener:

Then during the Waterloo Record Debate:

It is understandable that Ms. Weiler would run away from Tea-Party* Tim. . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Tracey Weiler Runs Away From Tim Hudak

The Liberal Scarf: "Students putting students first" – Ontario Student Trustees’ Association calls Putting Students First Act "a fair deal", but will the NDP and Catherine Fife listen?

The NDP and Catherine Fife have already come out against the Putting Students First Act, but will they listen to the students of Ontario themselves or their big union money interests?

Here’s what the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association says about the Liberal government moving to make sure students are in class from day one of . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: "Students putting students first" – Ontario Student Trustees’ Association calls Putting Students First Act "a fair deal", but will the NDP and Catherine Fife listen?

The Liberal Scarf: Why is Eric Davis running in Kitchener-Waterloo?

Here’s a great piece by Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal candidate Eric Davis answering the most basic question that anyone running for public office has to answer: Why are you running?

Eric’s two big reasons are simple but moving: Public service and family.

Eric has a long track-record of local leadership in Kitchener-Waterloo, and he’ll be a . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why is Eric Davis running in Kitchener-Waterloo?

The Liberal Scarf: With education on the line, will Tim Hudak flip-flop on a wage freeze like he did on full day kindergarten?

We know Tim Hudak’s position on full day kindergarten for Ontario families has gone from this:

To this

“Tim Hudak…condemned the program, which is to be fully rolled out by 2014″

with Hudak’s double flip-flop backed by Kitchener-Waterloo Progressive Conservative candidate Tracey Weiler:

“Weiler said that she “supports the leader’s position” on halting the rollout of . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: With education on the line, will Tim Hudak flip-flop on a wage freeze like he did on full day kindergarten?

Calgary Grit: The Dog Days of Summer

Pauline Marois will make Quebecers long for the tolerant Premiership of Jacques Parizeau

With politicians away from Ottawa and politics the last thing on the minds of Canadians, the summer news cycle usually slows to a crawl. Short of extraordinary events – war, disaster, or the great Census crisis of 2010 – politicians . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Dog Days of Summer

The Liberal Scarf: Tracey Weiler is no Elizabeth Witmer when it comes to local leadership

I wrote yesterday about Tim Hudak doing a double flip-flop on full-day kindergarten, and now let’s take a look at the Tim Hudak candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Tracey Weiler and her position on full day kindergarten. While previous Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer stood up for Kitchener–Waterloo families, Tracey Weiler is more interested in taking orders from Hudak’s Queen’s Park backroom boys in Toronto and not . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Tracey Weiler is no Elizabeth Witmer when it comes to local leadership