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The Ranting Canadian: Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against…

Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against the incompetent, unethical, non-progressive Ontario Liberal Party, outside their leadership convention in downtown Toronto.

Hopefully our new temporary premier, Kathleen Wynne, will admit to the many mistakes that she and the . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against…

The Ranting Canadian: Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The…

Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician

The dishonourable Julian “Mussolini” Fantino, Canada’s minister of international cooperation, was recently busted for ordering a pro-Conservative propaganda letter (signed by him) to be published on the website of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a non-partisan federal agency. After the MP . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician
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The Ranting Canadian: The below updated lyrics to the Phil Ochs classic “Love Me…

The below updated lyrics to the Phil Ochs classic “Love Me I’m a Liberal” (click on the Justin Bieber — I mean Trudeau — photo for a Youtube video of the original song) were inspired by recent stories about Liberal Party wrongdoings in Canad… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The below updated lyrics to the Phil Ochs classic “Love Me…

The Scott Ross: David McGuinty Shows How Canada Is Changing Alberta

With Alberta’s rise, in population and wealth, its power is said to be growing, however seeing the reaction to Liberal MP David McGuinty’s recent comments it appears Ontario’s influence is thicker than even oil. For where Alberta is a province know… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: David McGuinty Shows How Canada Is Changing Alberta

CuriosityCat: Premier McGuinty tries a fast one with his questionable budget

Just like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty is cramming major changes into a bloated budget document, hoping to force the NDP into supporting his budget rather than risk another election so soon after the last one. The Premier is trying ramrod substantial changes to the way Ontario runs its government through by including . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Premier McGuinty tries a fast one with his questionable budget

Here in sensible Ontario, we tax the rich

So as expected, the McGuinty Liberals compromised with the NDP on the 2012 Ontario budget, applying a surtax to those who earn more than $500,000 a year, in order to fend off another forced election in a no confidence vote. Of course, the aloof Conservatives under Tim Hudak will still vote against the budget, as . . . → Read More: Here in sensible Ontario, we tax the rich

The Disaffected Lib: In Defence of Dalton

Weighing the respective merits of the Athabasca Tar Sands and Canadian manufacturing is a hot button issue.  Ontario premier McGuinty found that out when he state, quite rightly, that one of the impacts of the Athabasca bitumen is to strengthen the Canadian dollar which, in turn, undermines competitiveness in the Canadian manufacturing sector.

McGuinty only . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: In Defence of Dalton

Politics and Entertainment: McGuinty-Redford Dollar-Tar Sands Dance

Wouldn’t a lower Canadian dollar encourage both foreign investment in Canada and investment and saving by Canadians in Canada where purchasing power would be stronger than in a foreign market? And wouldn’t it also make Canadian export goods, no matter which province is their source, more attractive to foreign buyers since they would have greater purchasing power . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: McGuinty-Redford Dollar-Tar Sands Dance

Edwin Current: I Do Not Want Canada to be Americanized!

Great commentary from The Globe and my favourite part:
At the same time, voters will have to decide what they make of today’s Americanized Conservatives as represented by Mr. Harper, Mr. Hudak and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – all men who yearn for a simpler, long-vanished society that no longer represents today’s Canada.”


I for one do not want our fine country to resemble our neighbours to the south.  As much as I respect and admire them and look at them as brothers and sisters I don’t want anything to do with their government or policies.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/hudak-conservatives-lose-as-progressives-take-ontario/article2194869/

Hope you are having a great weekend

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Edwin Current: I Do Not Want Canada to be Americanized!

Great commentary from The Globe and my favourite part: “At the same time, voters will have to decide what they make of today’s Americanized Conservatives as represented by Mr. Harper, Mr. Hudak and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – all men who yearn for a simpler, long-vanished society that no longer represents today’s Canada.” I for . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: I Do Not Want Canada to be Americanized!

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany… dumbasses & the Ottawa Sun…

Woo hoo! Stevo has been denied that so-called trifecta that he dreamed about! The most laughable thing about this is that it was likely one of his fishing buddies, Rob Ford, that tilted this one into McGuinty’s column. But crap, 49.2% turnout? That is very disappointing. Oh, and stay classy, Ottawa Sun: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ LEAFS WIN! […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany… dumbasses & the Ottawa Sun…

Edwin Current: Ontario Votes Today!!

I don’t have much else to say right now but if you are still unsure today, take a look through my blog entries over the past month or so and I think you’ll find the out who’s the best candidate to vote for in Ontario.  With the team that will help… . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Ontario Votes Today!!

Edwin Current: Ontario Votes Today!!

I don’t have much else to say right now but if you are still unsure today, take a look through my blog entries over the past month or so and I think you’ll find the out who’s the best candidate to vote for in Ontario.  With the team that will help us all move forward . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Ontario Votes Today!!

Trashy's World: Ontario projection… just for the hell of it…

Yeah, yeah… I and everyone else was off base last time when all of we so-called “pundits” tried to pick the outcome of the May 2 election. And I have learned my lesson and won’t do it again. …. NOT! I love trying to predict outcomes of elections! Back in the old days (before May […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Ontario projection… just for the hell of it…

Edwin Current: Ontario PC Supporters on Tim Hudak and Education

VIDEO: Ontario PC supporters on Tim Hudak after he supports homophobic pamphlets and advertisementsReal article from The Star:http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1063512–cross-dressing-for-6-year-olds-hudak-sticks-up-for-anti-liber… . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Ontario PC Supporters on Tim Hudak and Education

Edwin Current: Ontario PC Supporters on Tim Hudak and Education

VIDEO: Ontario PC supporters on Tim Hudak after he supports homophobic pamphlets and advertisements

Real article from The Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1063512–cross-dressing-for-6-year-olds-hudak-sticks-up-for-anti-liberal-flyer

The Real Truth: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2011/03/c8747.html Hope you are having a great day!

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Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

There is talk now that Ontario may elect a minority government in the upcoming election. My advice: leaders should avoid making promises about what they would or would not do to form government. Once the people have spoken and the seat counts are settled, only then can the parties know what their options are.

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Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

There is talk now that Ontario may elect a minority government in the upcoming election. My advice: leaders should avoid making promises about what they would or would not do to form government. Once the people have spoken and the seat counts are settled, only then can the parties know what their options are.

Parties . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Advice to Ontario Leaders about Minority – Stick to the Issues

Edwin Current: Real Change to Help Ontario Alternative

It’s actually feels cold in Toronto today for the first this this fall.  Nuit Blanche is tonight which is always a great event but it is also a reminder to me that summer really is over.  But I look forward to fall sweaters, bundling up in th… . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Real Change to Help Ontario Alternative

Edwin Current: Real Change to Help Ontario Alternative

It’s actually feels cold in Toronto today for the first this this fall.  Nuit Blanche is tonight which is always a great event but it is also a reminder to me that summer really is over.  But I look forward to fall sweaters, bundling up in the winter and embracing Canada’s seasons.  Can’t wait for . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Real Change to Help Ontario Alternative

Edwin Current: Andrea Howarth and Ontario NDP Only After Political Gain?

It’s becoming more and more clear that the Andrea Howarth led NDP party is NOT the NDP of the past fighting for social injustice. In fact, I think this NDP’s new direction seems like a deceptive representation of the NDP brand and a… . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Andrea Howarth and Ontario NDP Only After Political Gain?

Edwin Current: Andrea Howarth and Ontario NDP Only After Political Gain?

It’s becoming more and more clear that the Andrea Howarth led NDP party is NOT the NDP of the past fighting for social injustice. In fact, I think this NDP’s new direction seems like a deceptive representation of the NDP brand and almost right leaning.  Some claim Andrea Howarth and Ontario NDP are only after political and personal gains.  . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Andrea Howarth and Ontario NDP Only After Political Gain?

Edwin Current: Ontario Jobs Anyone? a brief analysis

I think one of the biggest issues in the upcoming provincial election is JOBS! I’ve seen it all over the media and it’s also of personal interest to me as I’m looking for work right now.

So I thought I would do a little analysis of each of the major party’s platform strategies for job creation.  Here goes:


PC PARTY
Looking at the PC platform there isn’t much there regarding any plan or strategy towards job creation except for this statement:

“A Tim Hudak government will focus on letting the job creators – not the government – drive new job growth.”

Since when has that ever worked???!!  We’ve been seeing unemployment rates soar while businesses post record profits and rich shareholders make gains.  It’s obvious that the job creators aren’t going to use any gains towards driving new growth as shareholders are more important to them.
Anyhow, the PC platform goes on about:

  • Lowering family tax rates
  • Cutting red tape for businesses
  • Lowering corporate tax 
  • Updating the apprenticeship system (however it’s unclear and poorly written as to how or why)
PROS
-If you are rich, you might get a break on taxes.
-I honestly don’t see any other pros.  With all the promises of tax relief(aka lowering government revenue), I don’t understand how they will make any of these promises without drastically changing existing services or raising taxes.
CONS
-I can’t believe people are such suckers for lower tax promises and ideas that privatization will make things like energy, health and education better.  There’s no proof of privatization being successful anywhere and all you have to do is look south at their education and health system for proof.  As for privatizing energy, every state(or other governing entity) that has attempted this has failed miserably(most recent is California)
-The only people that benefit from any tax cuts are the rich because for middle-lower incomes, small percentage cute are barely noticeable.  Look at Harper’s ridiculous 1% cut off GST! It made very little difference and now the feds are going to have a revenue shortfall to go along with their massive public debt.  see Debt Clock
-Belief that the private sector would ever put people and jobs first is flawed.
NDP PARTY
The NDP platform has a few ideas around job creation such as:
  • Raising corporate taxes
  • Tax breaks for businesses that provide training for employees
  • Tax breaks for businesses that buy Ontario goods
  • Freezing tuition rates for post secondary education
PROS
-The idea of a tax break for business that empowers their employees with training is a great idea
CONS
-The world is changing and competition is strong and global.  Although a tax break for businesses buying Ontario sounds like a good idea, it doesn’t make sense in the new emerging global market.
-A tuition rate freeze sounds great for students but how are Ontario universities and Colleges supposed to remain competitive and provide the level of education required with less revenue???  They will need more revenue and where are they going to get it?
-With all the other promises of reform and cuts for “struggling families” (that really will benefit the rich more than anyone else) 
-Their ideas are too simple and might appeal to voters but how does the NDP expect to pull any of this off???(all these promises, tax relief, a deficit and a global recession)?  THERE IS A SERIOUS GAP AND FLAW WITH THEIR PLATFORM.
LIBERAL PARTY
The Liberal platform appears to have been thought out and has actual strategy and theme.  Here are some details:
  • Make Ontario more competitive globally to attract jobs
    • Education
      • Increased early childhood education
      • Summer learning for struggling students
      • Changes to teacher’s education programs to increase “hands-on” experience
      • Grants for low-mid income family’s post-secondary education
      • Relief with loan payment for post-secondary graduates
    • Incentives for job creators
      • Doubling trade missions to attract global investment in Ontario
      • Promoting innovative businesses in Ontario
      • “Green” energy incentives
      • Lowering taxes on new business investment
      • Continued support of apprenticeship programs
  • Continue to make Ontario people healthy and healthcare more accessible
  • Leadership in Northern Ontario mining jobs and industry
PROS
-There is strategy in this plan and it’s not shortsighted like the others.  These aren’t “band-aid” remedies. Everywhere you look nowadays, you see reference to the global market and Ontario needs to keep up.
-“Green” energy incentives, although controversial, will more than likely make Ontario a leader and innovator in this field.  Oil and coal are going to run out soon and prices are going to keep getting higher.  As we gain efficiency with new “Green” energy technology, it will only get cheaper and attract investment in Ontario expertise.
-The education and employment incentives are targeted where they are needed.  Some might call this “unfair” however I would argue they will make things fair.  The wealthy don’t need a break and this country is great and wonderful because of taxes and Canadians who are happy to contribute to one of the best countries in the world.
CONS
-There is some amount of risk associated with this plan.
-Criticism (misunderstanding) over “Green” energy will create resistance to change.

FYI – A recent article proving value in “green” energy.
http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LRVKJ207SXKX01-47415GF9HK7FC3OEN2S2K17J5P

. . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Ontario Jobs Anyone? a brief analysis

Edwin Current: Ontario Jobs Anyone? a brief analysis

I think one of the biggest issues in the upcoming provincial election is JOBS! I’ve seen it all over the media and it’s also of personal interest to me as I’m looking for work right now.

So I thought I would do a little analysis of each of the major party’s platform strategies for job creation. . . . → Read More: Edwin Current: Ontario Jobs Anyone? a brief analysis

Edwin Current: Embrace Innovation People

I think conservatives are just scared that the clean energy act might be successful. Any educated person knows new technology costs start off high and go down as inputs required for output go down and efficiency is gained. This type of efficiency is already happening in Germany.
It would truly be a shame for Ontario to benefit from this project and become world leaders and innovators at producing clean renewable energy. Yah! It makes more sense to keep burning coal and gas until prices skyrocket even more and all the oil and coal are gone.
Quality journalism and editorial at it’s best below in the National Post! Cover one side of the story and barely that.
I seriously can’t believe people buy into this.

I believe it to be true that every really successful innovative person/idea has had to go through relentless, senseless criticism such as this.

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