Scott's DiaTribes: Ontario Politics Chatter: The Beer Store Monopoly, eyes on Sudbury.

I haven’t talked a lot about Ontario Politics much of late, but for my first post of the New Year, a few things have caught my eye I wished to comment on. First, the Beer Store and its attempt to bring local craft beer dealers onboard is being viewed by some as a too-little too-late ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Some Liberal bits and bites – provincial and federal

– Re-elected Premier Kathleen Wynne will be swearing in her new provincial Cabinet today. One of the chief shuffles I’m pleased to see is Dr. Eric Hoskins moving into the Health Ministry portfolio. I’ve been a long time supporter of his from his running as a federal LPC candidate in Haldimand Norfolk and before that ...

Trashy's World: Mr. Hudak meets Mr. Dictionary for the very first time!

As I write this, Timmie is Googling the word “economics”… Ms. Wynne is being so unfair using such darned big words!!! I have italicized the phrase noting the flaw that anyone with even a passing understanding of arithmetic would notice immediately. And he thinks he is fit to govern the largest province in Canada???? Not ...

Trashy's World: Hudakitis

Well, there ya go. Got a call from school that my 7 year old son wasn’t feeling great. So now we’re home and it’s an early weekend I thought it was a touch of something, or maybe something he ate, but he just told me that he heard there was going to be an Ontario ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Liberals support more private clinics – even as clinics turn on them

The Ontario government has gotten into another donnybrook with private clinics for a second time in less than a year.  Over the summer, they got into a messy dispute with private physiotherapy clinics.The government stopped 94 physiotherapy clinics from directly billing OHIP. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said that, over the years, licences to provide ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Ontario Liberals fail to protect health care in trade deal with Europe

While the Harper Conservative government has pushed ahead with its Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, the Ontario Liberal government has failed to protect public health care. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) protection for public health care was initially supposed to be provided through the Annex II Social Services ...

The Liberal Scarf: Brush up on my youth democratic participation and civic education policy in time for provincial council!

With provincial council coming up this weekend, here’s a brush up on my policy that got prioritized by the Ontario Young Liberals at Summer Fling back in August. Here is a blog post I wrote outlining some of the stats and evidence behind this policy, and why I think it would work for Ontario. ENCOURAGING YOUTH ...

The Liberal Scarf: Check out the Ontario throne speech live at 3 pm!

http://www.livestream.com/premierofontario Kathleen Wynne’s first Throne Speech as The Premier is starting in just a few minutes! Watch at the link and see Premier Wynne’s Way Forward for a better Ontario!

The Equivocator: Kathleen Wynne’s Speech & Some Thoughts on the 2013 OLP Leadership Convention

“I want to put something on the table: Is Ontario ready for a gay premier? You’ve heard that question. You’ve all heard that question but let’s say what that actually means: Can a gay woman win? That’s what it means. So, not surprisingly, I have an answer to that question. When I ran in 2003, ...

Ontario Liberal leadership: on the numbers

As a Kathleen Wynne delegate to the leadership convention, I will probably take some time in trying to articulate the significance of the win and not rush into a blathering post about how freakin’ awesome it all is. (By the way, Adam Goldenberg really nailed the personal aspect in his post for Macleans.) For now, ...

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 Dalton McGuinty government have made, and will work tirelessly to repair the ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… colder than Vic Toews at a homeless shelter edition. Robbie’s Follies… Will he stay or will he go? We’ll know this morning. ================================================================================== As I am apt to do once in a while, I lamented the absence of a party leader, outside the GPO, with the balls to start the process of abolishing Ontario’s ...

Convention countdown!

Only 8 – EIGHT! – days until the 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention in Toronto, & I’m in organized chaos mode trying to figure out payments, fundraising, travel, & so forth. Because I’ve focused more on LGBT blogging & Twitter lately, here are a few random thoughts before I get too busy to think: ...

Trashy's World: Bloggers not welcome?

If this is accurate and the Ontario Libs are going to make it prohibitively difficult for bloggers to attend their leadership convention, then they are dumber than I thought. Really? C’mon. You’d be alienating a significant segment of your supporters. Do you REALLY want to drive some of your membership into the arms of the ...

The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) whenever I ...

The Liberal Scarf: Charles Sousa wants all of Ontario working: Take a look at his GTA and rural policies

Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter! With today being the “Day of Debates” (an all candidates luncheon at the Canadian Club and a special taping of The Agenda with Steve Paikin) here is some light reading material for you on Charles Sousa’s bold new ideas to get rural Ontario and the GTA ...

The Liberal Scarf: The Liberal Scarf 2012-12-01 13:23:00

Follow Charles during the debate on Twitter!Like him on Facebook to keep in touch! Less than an hour to go before the first Ontario Liberal leadership debate! You can tune in to http://www.ontarioliberal.ca/leadership to hear Charles talk about his bold new ideas to create jobs like taking action on high speed rail, renewing the Ontario Liberal Party by empowering ...

The Liberal Scarf: 4 days left to sign up to support a jobs Premier! Here’s why you should support Charles.

http://www.votesousa.ca/join-us/ Only a few days remain to sign up to join the Ontario Liberal Party and have your say in picking Ontario’s next Premier. If you want to see a jobs Premier with real world business experience and a proven record of winning new voters to the Liberal Party, make sure to sign up! Here’s ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Liberal problems come from their turn to the right

As two Liberals on the (presumed) left of the party declare their intention to run for the leadership, it bears recalling that almost all of the major problems the Liberals have faced in the last few years have come from attempts to re-position the party to the right. First, Premier McGuinty (and  departing Finance Minister ...

Trashy's World: To all of those Con and Dipper detractors…

… who screeched that the Premier of Ontario was but a power-crazed coward for resigning his post, I say: HA! Turns out he only wants to spend more time with his family. And whether you’re a pol, fireman, clerk, lawyer, doctor, teacher or public servant, more time with one’s family is something we all want, ...

The Liberal Scarf: Liberals need to renew our contract with the people of Ontario. Charles Sousa can get them to sign.

When Premier McGuinty announced his resignation, he said that it was time for new ideas and a renewal of the Ontario Liberal Party. After having some time to think about what kind of renewal we want to see in our party, I realized that I’ve had a front seat to seeing the positive impact that ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Will PCs give Liberals a blank cheque?

Tim Hudak’s concerns about the proposed Liberal public sector bargaining legislation are numerous.   The legislation fails to impose an immediate pay freeze on workers. (“It’s not a wage freeze, it just kicks the problem down the road until 2015 and then maybe gets around to freezing wages at a higher level.”) It exempts municipal workers, police, firefighters and public ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Hudak keeps open option of alliance with Liberals

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has kept his powder dry and has reframed from personally criticizing the Liberals’ proposed public sector labour legislation. Or even commenting on it.   Instead, he sent out Monte McNaughton, who faulted the proposed legislation in all sorts of ways:  the legislation “is clearly lacking teeth” and exempts too many ...

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. When they ...

Defending Public Healthcare: More legislative attacks from the Liberal/PC twins coming?

It’s now apparent that the Pogressive Conservatives will allow the Liberals to batter teachers and school support staff with legislation imposing takeaways. Even if this legislation does  pass, the question is what will the twin parties do to the rest of the public sector? There is, after all, a lot more bargaining coming up. Is ...