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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal NDPer Defects To OLP

OTTAWA — One of the federal NDP’s former rising stars has decided she wants to run for the provincial Liberals in Ontario.

Good luck to her.  And it shows that Wynne’s OLP is still attracting talent, so good news for them too whether she wins that nomination or not.

And, yes, she is still hot. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal NDPer Defects To OLP

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal NDPer Defects To OLP

OTTAWA — One of the federal NDP’s former rising stars has decided she wants to run for the provincial Liberals in Ontario.Good luck to her.  And it shows that Wynne’s OLP is still attracting talent, so good news for them too whether she wins t… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal NDPer Defects To OLP

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Pension tensions and privatizations

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/podcast150501-pensions-and-privatization.mp3

 

I have two guests on two different topics today. First up: Kevin Skerrett, a pension researcher at the Canadian Union of Public Employees. I spoke with him about the role of pensions in financialized capitalism. Don’t let the word pensions scare you off, this is a conversation that gets to the heart . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Pension tensions and privatizations

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Glenn Thibeault defects to Ontario Liberals, “proud” of it

Sudbury NDP MP Glenn Thibeault has defected from the federal party to run for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals in a upcoming byelection in Sudbury.

The post NDP MP Glenn Thibeault defects to Ontario Liberals, “proud” of it appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

Is Justin Trudeau finished because Kathleen Wynne just won in Ontario, like the mainstream media’s pundits are telling you? Don’t be too sure! (Say, as one Twitter commenter asked, who is that old man with Mr. Trudeau?) Below: The same guy with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Weird! Below them: Lawrence Martin and Tim . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

Cowichan Conversations: Wynne’s Win, and the Agony of Right-Wing Pundits

Three election opportunities lost, Nova Scotia, BC and now the Ontario results flatten the calculating NDP strategists decision to force an election and shift to the so called middle.

Here is Murray Dobbin’s assessment as carried in the Tyee

Bad voters! You failed to opt for communal suicide. 

By Murray Dobbin

While I realize . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Wynne’s Win, and the Agony of Right-Wing Pundits

The Liberal Scarf: My policy on improving civic education makes the Ontario Liberal Party platform!

Readers of this space will remember my policy on youth voter registration that was passed as a priority policy at the Ontario Young Liberals Summer Fling last year. The policy was also debated on Common Ground platform building discussion site where it became one of the top ranked policies in the education section.  Today, I . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: My policy on improving civic education makes the Ontario Liberal Party platform!

The Liberal Scarf: My policy on improving civic education makes the Ontario Liberal Party platform!

Readers of this space will remember my policy on youth voter registration that was passed as a priority policy at the Ontario Young Liberals Summer Fling last year. The policy was also debated on Common Ground platform building discussion site whe… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: My policy on improving civic education makes the Ontario Liberal Party platform!

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?

Scott's DiaTribes: Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

My long time blogging colleague will apparently be acclaimed in that riding on May 7th for the OLP, and like BigCityLib, I am very pleased to see and hear this.

I’ll repeat what I said elsewhere: despite the fact we sometimes disagree on things, we are friends, and I wish her nothing but the best . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Some Good News For OLP

On May 7th, @impolitical will be nominated as the #olp candidate for Parkdale-High Park. Congrats Nancy! http://t.co/cQKfX7CZdR #onpoli— Jeff Jedras (@jeffjedras) April 29, 2014

You won’t find a better person to carry the flag.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: OLP Should Approve Some Nominations

The lesson from this story also applies here, I think.  The best spin I can put on the party’s behavior is that they’re dithering because they’re not sure yet whether we’ll be having a Spring election, and if not, maybe they have more time to find a “star” candidate.  Or, alternatively: maybe they’re just grubbing around . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: OLP Should Approve Some Nominations

A BCer in Toronto: Why Nancy Leblanc will beat Cheri DeNovo in Parkdale-High Park

My friend Nancy LeBlanc (you may also know her as Impolitical) is running for the Ontario Liberal nomination in Parkdale-High Park, and I think she’s going to beat the NDP’s Cheri DeNovo in the next election. Why? Because she’ll work harder.

I haven’t met many people — particularly candidates — that genuinely enjoy canvassing as . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Why Nancy Leblanc will beat Cheri DeNovo in Parkdale-High Park

A BCer in Toronto: Ontario’s NDP lines up behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Here’s an example of some pretty cynical political pandering from Ontario’s NDP, as it decides to sidle up to Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford in a misguided attempt to score political points.

Back in November, when there was discussion about whether the province should intervene in the drama surrounding Ford and Toronto’s city council, Ontario . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Ontario’s NDP lines up behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

The Liberal Scarf: Haven’t had a chance to vote for my idea on Common Ground? Take just a minute to support youth engagement and better civic education!

My idea is ranked 40th out of over 1000 ideas suggested, and is in the top 10 for the education section. To vote, simply sign up and agree with the idea!

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

Scott's DiaTribes: Disappointing environmental decision from the Ontario Government – again.

I’ve not been an Ontario Liberal Party member in over a year – one of the main reasons I let it lapse are listed here, where I expressed a lot of frustration that Dalton Mcguinty was in essence “pulling a Harper” and using an omnibus bill which contained weakened environmental laws.

I had hoped with . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Disappointing environmental decision from the Ontario Government – again.

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).

. . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election

The Ranting Canadian: Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is…

Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is also the head of the Ontario Liberal government’s Jobs and Prosperity Council. What an insult.

For continuing coverage of RBC’s latest attacks on Canadian workers, see http://www.facebook.com/BoycottRoyalBankOfCanada

. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Irony: The Canadian job-killer Gord Nixon, president and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), is…

The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples:

fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa started his first round of pre-Budget consultations in Mississauga, listening to the concerns of everyday Ontario families as he works to prepare a budget focused on creating jobs, lowering youth unemployment, and fostering growth and opportunity as the way forward.

“My hope is that the members of the Opposition have . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet

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 Liberal Scarf: Your new Ontario cabinet, and some facts and firsts

Excited to see the new cabinet sworn in today. In particular, I’m very happy to see Charles Sousa and Yasir Naqvi as Finance and Labour Minister respectively. I started this blog in 2007 in large part to help support the local campaigns in Mississauga South and Ottawa Centre, so seeing them both in cabinet is . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Your new Ontario cabinet, and some facts and firsts