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The Liberal Scarf: Is Andrea Horwath for real?

That’s what the new Kathleen Wynne ad asks Ontarians after Horwath said NO to an increased child benefit, an Ontario Pension Plan, better transit, and a new job creation strategy for Ontario. I’m really digging the “I’m Kathleen Wynne and I stand behind this message” tag the Premier has been using.

I’m sure NDP’ers . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Is Andrea Horwath for real?

The Liberal Scarf: Is Andrea Horwath for real?

That’s what the new Kathleen Wynne ad asks Ontarians after Horwath said NO to an increased child benefit, an Ontario Pension Plan, better transit, and a new job creation strategy for Ontario. I’m really digging the “I’m Kathleen Wynne and I stand behin… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Is Andrea Horwath for real?

Trashy's World: If you were the Ontario NDP…

… would YOU force an election with numbers like these? No. I didn’t think so. The great thing is that Timmy is gonna be soooooo pissed!!! (4) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was silent on Ontario’s Budget today, continuing her approach that saw her take no position on the minimum wage and pensions, labour and other progressive are speaking loud and clear that Ontario’s 2014 Budget deserves support for the people of Ontario.

JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR
“Things like pensions, things like infrastructure spending, taking care of child care, seniors, those are all things that have been, you know, the backbone of the NDP’s policies for years. I would expect that [the NDP] would support [the budget].

“Today’s budget will make a positive difference in the lives of working families in Ontario – and should be supported by the NDP…We hope the NDP will work with the Liberals to pass the budget.”


SUSAN ENG, VP – ADVOCACY, CARP CANADA
“The time is long past for debating whether we need a supplementary pension plan…CARP members have been calling for just such a plan…The proposed pension plan will benefit their children and grandchildren, not themselves directly, but it is a ballot question for them.”
LINDA HALSEM STROUD, ONTARIO NURSES ASSOCIATION
“With the improvements in the personal support workers, and supporting health care workers in the community…and with a real focus on ensuring that Ontarians feel like they are better living here in Ontario, we should stay the party line.”
ANDREA CALVER, COORDINATOR, ONTARIO COALITION FOR BETTER CHILDCARE
“There are a tremendous number of things in this budget that can do a lot of good for people for child care staff for personal support workers and for those with developmental disabilities.  I remain hopeful that the budget will pass and that we’ll be able to make the gains for child care workers and personal support workers.”

FRED HAHN, PRESIDENT, CUPE
“There are important investments in the Budget…There’s lots of good measures here, paying PSWs…that’s incredibly important.”

GAIL NYBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAILY BREAD FOOD BANK
“Keeping poverty reduction on the table is always the right thing to do…Daily Bread has always been a strong proponent of the Ontario Child Benefit. Indexing it will allow low-income families with children to keep up with the rising costs of living such as food.”

ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION
“The good news: An Ontario pension plan that will provide an enhanced public pension for those with no private pensions.”



. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was silent on Ontario’s Budget today, continuing her approach that saw her take no position on the minimum wage and pensions, labour and other progressive are speaking loud and clear that Ontario’s 2014 Budget deserves support for the people of Ontario.

JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR “Things like pensions, . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

The Ranting Canadian: "You’re either with working women and men or you’re…

“You’re either with working women and men or you’re against them.”

– Peter Kormos (1952-2013)

It has been one year since we lost Peter Kormos, a former Ontario MPP who died too young, at the age of 60. Kormos, who died on on March 30, 2013 of natural causes, wasn’t an ordinary politician. . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: "You’re either with working women and men or you’re…

Political Eh-conomy: The mouse in the room: Small business fetish and the minimum wage debate

The scrappy mom-and-pop shop may be a nice image, but how well does it reflect the reality of employment? Small business may be neither as ubiquitous nor economically heroic as many people think. If this is the case, then perhaps the needs of small business should not figure as prominently in some economic policy debates. . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The mouse in the room: Small business fetish and the minimum wage debate

The Liberal Scarf: Family feuds in Ontario NDP as Horwath rushes to clamp down on dissent

Ontario NDP infighting is all over the news this week, as we saw sharp divides between Andrea Horwath’s office and others in the party. Long-time Ontario NDP’er and front-bench critic MPP Paul Miller was booted to the backbench this weekend, after a dispute between himself and Horwath boiled over The MPP from Hamilton East—Stoney Creek . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Family feuds in Ontario NDP as Horwath rushes to clamp down on dissent

The Liberal Scarf: Two-time NDP candidate and environmentalist quits Ontario NDP over Horwath adopting Rob Ford’s transit policy

This is Trevor Hache earlier today, quitting the Ontario NDP over their rejection of revenue models to expand transit options for families in the Greater Toronto and Greater Hamilton Area.

Hache twice ran for the NDP in Ottawa-Vanier, and as Policy Director for Ecology Ottawa, a major Ottawa-area environmental organization which he was also . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Two-time NDP candidate and environmentalist quits Ontario NDP over Horwath adopting Rob Ford’s transit policy

The Ranting Canadian: Peter Kormos memorial on May 11, 2013 in Thorold, Ontario

Peter Kormos memorial on May 11, 2013 in Thorold, Ontario:

Click on the above link for details, and see my last post for more information about his life, which ended far too soon.

If you see grey boxes above, click on one of them to see photos of Peter.

. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Peter Kormos memorial on May 11, 2013 in Thorold, Ontario

The Ranting Canadian: Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest,…

Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest, persuasive, gruff-voiced, hard-working, non-conformist, friendly, principled, down-to-earth man of the people who drank and smoked, wore cowboy boots, stood up for the little guy and was re-elected several times.

No, I’m not talking about that asshole Ralph Klein, whose merits and accomplishments are more . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Last weekend, Canada lost a beloved, well-respected, honest,…

Progressive Proselytizing: Transphobia is alive and well in Ontario

As a follower of both US and Canadian politics, but a Canadian resident, it is a source of national pride that much of the most abhorrent aspects of the culture wars in the US are, thankfully, absent in Canada. For all our faults, our elections don’t seem to have an over abundance of old conservative white . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Transphobia is alive and well in Ontario

The Equivocator: Paul Donofrio: NDP Candidate. Rob Ford Supporter. Social Media Cautionary Tale.

Yesterday, I wrote about how the PC candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Tracey Weiler, has been running away from the PC leader Tim Hudak. In the riding of Vaughan, the ONDP and their leader Andrea Horwath, the opposite has been the case. Paul Donofrio, the ONDP candidate, has been completely ignored by his party. When he was . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Paul Donofrio: NDP Candidate. Rob Ford Supporter. Social Media Cautionary Tale.

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.

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

The Equivocator: The Ontario NDP Skips the Budget Vote.

“You know, most Canadians, if they don’t show up for work, they don’t get a promotion.” – Jack Layton

On Tuesday, April 24th the 17 MPPs in the Ontario NDP caucus (led by Andea Howarth) skipped out on voting on Ontario’s 2012 budget. This action is confusing. It looks like a huge strategic blunder . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The Ontario NDP Skips the Budget Vote.

Timmy Hudak Says That Liberal Dominated Toronto is “Not Healthy”! Also Doesn’t Seem To Acknowledge The NDP’s Existence

Oh dear! Poor Timmy never learned to be a good sport, did he? Poor young Miller, what a poor example she has for a parent! Poor loser speeches from Cons is nothing new, but Timmy has gone beyond outrageous here:

Tory Leader Tim Hudak says the Liberal minority government is too Toronto . . . → Read More: Timmy Hudak Says That Liberal Dominated Toronto is “Not Healthy”! Also Doesn’t Seem To Acknowledge The NDP’s Existence . . . → Read More: Timmy Hudak Says That Liberal Dominated Toronto is “Not Healthy”! Also Doesn’t Seem To Acknowledge The NDP’s Existence

Maybe It’s Just Me, But Isn’t The (O)NDP Supposed To Be a Forward Thinking Party?

I did see this pic of the orange stiletto on some of my facebook friends’ profile pics and wondered what it was. For them, I thought it was amusing; they were celebrating fall; the advent of Halloween; stuff like that. After all, I’m in Quebec and not privy to all . . . → Read More: Maybe It’s Just Me, But Isn’t The (O)NDP Supposed To Be a Forward Thinking Party? . . . → Read More: Maybe It’s Just Me, But Isn’t The (O)NDP Supposed To Be a Forward Thinking Party?

Acts of Citizenship: A vote for the ONDP is a vote for “progressive” government, or McGuinty is not “progressive” (updated)

The Ontario Liberals are so desperate. They are running one of the most disingenuous smear filled campaigns I’ve ever seen from Liberals.

First they’ve tried to dissuade progressive voters by suggesting that the ONDP and the PCPO are the same. Thus, don’t vote for the ONDP. I mean after all the ONDP and the PCPO . . . → Read More: Acts of Citizenship: A vote for the ONDP is a vote for “progressive” government, or McGuinty is not “progressive” (updated)

Acts of Citizenship: Trying to understand outrage at ONDP’s 1% HST reduction in gasoline

This portion of the ONDP platform has probably received the most discussion, usually vacuous outrage, especially by self-styled environmentalists. So, I’ve been trying to figure out what is so egregious about the proposal to claw back 1% of HST from the oil companies who at last check were doing quite well and offer relief to . . . → Read More: Acts of Citizenship: Trying to understand outrage at ONDP’s 1% HST reduction in gasoline

JanfromtheBruce: Scarborough NDP MPP Michael Prue conducts an animated auction to drum up funding for the NDP during the Scarborough Centre and Scarborough Southwest NDP provincial nomination meeting, June 11, 2011.

Transformational Change ~ riding the Orange WaveSnipRyan Palmquist, a 23-year-old fundraiser with the NDP’s provincial office, said it’s an exciting time to be a New Democrat and that the generation has turned. “I noticed that older people were alw… . . . → Read More: JanfromtheBruce: Scarborough NDP MPP Michael Prue conducts an animated auction to drum up funding for the NDP during the Scarborough Centre and Scarborough Southwest NDP provincial nomination meeting, June 11, 2011.