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Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

This blog will be dedicated moving forward to following the conversations and policy discussions about Ontario’s new autism policy. The discussions going on right now are a national ethical and moral issue and those across Canada should be kept up to date as much as possible. On Tuesday there was a very emotional rally at our provincial legislature […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Set To Terminate Needed Therapy for a Vast Swath of Autistic Kids

(Parents Upset At Recent Changes To Autism Services In Ontario) The Ontario government recently announced changes it is going to make to the services autistic kids receive in the province. The Ontario government is looking at terminating intensive behavioral intervention therapy (IBI) for kids 5 and over, and pump more money into the controversial applied […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Set To Terminate Needed Therapy for a Vast Swath of Autistic Kids

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, . . . → 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, 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.”



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Alex's Blog: Tax Is More Than A Four Letter Word

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society”, a quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the IRS headquarter in Washington

Ontario Budget 2014: watch my interview with Steve Paikin at The Agenda HERE

Alex's Blog: Tax Is More Than A Four Letter Word

http://castroller.com/podcasts/TheAgendaVideo/4043959

The Agenda – Steve Paikin interview before the Ontario Budget May 30, 2014

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Ontario Budget Debate Ignores Taxes and Billions Transferred to For-Profit Corporations

Ontario’s budget debate may be high profile, but it misses two essential points.

With the NDP signaling NO TAX INCREASES (on the middle class) a serious discussion about taxes, particularly the need to increase corporate and wealth taxes, will not take place. It is hard to have any serious budget discussion without considering the income . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Ontario Budget Debate Ignores Taxes and Billions Transferred to For-Profit Corporations

Impolitical: Wynne budget promotes gender diversity on boards and in business #onpoli

One item in the Ontario budget that was released this week that deserves some attention is this indication that Ontario is going to proactively step up on gender diversity in corporate Canada. In a series of measures on securities regulation, there was this statement: The government strongly supports broader gender diversity on the boards and . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Wynne budget promotes gender diversity on boards and in business #onpoli

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario NDP Want To Hear From You On The Budget

The Ontario NDP would like to hear your feedback on the budget before deciding on supporting it or not. The Liberals sort of supported the NDP demands, but not exactly.Here is a link to a table that shows what the NDP demanded and what the Liberals off… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario NDP Want To Hear From You On The Budget

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario NDP Want To Hear From You On The Budget

The Ontario NDP would like to hear your feedback on the budget before deciding on supporting it or not. The Liberals sort of supported the NDP demands, but not exactly.

Here is a link to a table that shows what the NDP demanded and what the Liberals offered.

As you can see, some of the . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario NDP Want To Hear From You On The Budget

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

To make a minority government work, the party in power needs the support of enough members of parliament to pass confidence-vote legislation like the budget. This can be done on an issue by issue basis, or, by coming to an on-going agreement with one or more opposition parties to form a coalition government. Currently, . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

To make a minority government work, the party in power needs the support of enough members of parliament to pass confidence-vote legislation like the budget. This can be done on an issue by issue basis, or, by coming to an on-going agreement with one or more opposition parties to form a coalition government.
Currently, in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative party under Tim Hudak has been chomping at the bit for an election. They have been uncooperative for some time, looking to gain power for themselves instead of looking to get things done for the people of Ontario.
So, the governing minority Liberals, now under Kathleen Wynne, have been appearing to be willing to work with the NDP to pass legislation. With this in mind, Andrea Horwath’s NDP have asked for some things to be added/changed in the upcoming Ontario Budget. 
Here is what the NDP demands include:
  • Close corporate tax loopholes (while running a deficit, it makes no sense to allow so much potential income to escape)
  • Reduce car insurance rates by 15 per cent (Ontario has the highest rates in Canada)
  • Introduce new measures to help reduce youth unemployment
  • Strengthen health care
  • Improve Welfare rules
  • Improve support for home care for seniors
  • Generally make life more affordable for Ontarians
At first, it seemed, for a while, that the Liberals were going to meet the NDP demands and get a budget passed. However, Horwath has said that recent meetings over the budget have been “unproductive” and that the Liberals have not offered a clear agenda.
The most recent item proposed to meet the NDP demand was a relatively insignificant amount to improve support for home care for seniors. 
From the Toronto Star:

It seems apparent that the Ontario Liberals are purposely dragging their feet when it comes to trying to make the government work for Ontarians. This would point to them actually wanting an election, but not wanting to be the ones to seem to bring about an election.
If there is an election in Ontario soon, people should realize it will be the fault of the parties unwilling to make the government work for Ontarians (The PCs for being totally unwilling to negotiate for things for Ontarians, and the Liberals, for being unwilling to work with the only opposition party remaining who IS willing to negotiate for the good of Ontarians).

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OPSEU Diablogue: Could the Wynne government do a u-turn on austerity?

It didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, but last week the big banks told Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to take his foot off the brake when it comes to public sector spending. The banks argue with a … Continue reading →

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Andrea Horwath Asks McGuinty And Hudak To Meet To Work On The Budget This Weekend

You would think that the premier would do this if he was really interested in making things work and doing his job. This shows that Andrea is serious about making parliament work for Ontarians.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is asking both Dalton McGuinty and Tim Hudak to meet this weekend to ensure passage of Ontario’s . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Andrea Horwath Asks McGuinty And Hudak To Meet To Work On The Budget This Weekend

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Andrea Horwath’s Message To The Premier – Video

Watch the video here: http://ontariondp.com/en/horwath-to-premier-stop-election-threats-and-pass-budget

Queen’s Park – New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Premier to stop the election threats and work with all parties to pass the Budget.

“I want to spend the next four days working to pass the Budget. It’s disappointing that the Premier wants to spend the next four weeks . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Andrea Horwath’s Message To The Premier – Video

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Fact Check On The Ontario Budget Agreements Between The NDP and the Liberals

Premier Dalton McGuinty has been saying that Andrea Horwath and the NDP have reneged on a deal. This is completely false.

QUEEN’S PARK — Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP have been clear that Bill 55 has serious problems. From the day following the introduction of the budget New Democrats have said they would make . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Fact Check On The Ontario Budget Agreements Between The NDP and the Liberals

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the 2012 Budget

http://ontariondp.com/en/statement-by-ndp-leader-andrea-horwath-on-the-2012-budget

“Every day since the election, I’ve worked hard to make minority government work. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve.

When discussing the Ontario’s Budget with the Premier, I made it clear that I would not rubberstamp the government’s 300 page omnibus bill.

I made a commitment to ensure passage . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the 2012 Budget

OPSEU Diablogue: Peterborough Forum – Poverty kills more than cancer

Poverty kills more people than cancer according to Dennis Howlett, Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness. Speaking Thursday night at the Peterborough health care forum organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, Howlett addressed false economies in our present health … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Health Integration: Not in Ontario

I am sure there is a plan to improve health care. There must be: Ontario’s recent budget says it wants to improve integration, control costs and increase access. Yet Ontario’s provincial budget just does not do it.

The section heading says “Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place”. Praise worthy . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Health Integration: Not in Ontario