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 (Read more…) 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 . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Liberals On The Verge of Forcing An Election
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…
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 in parliament Service Canada treating all Employment Insurance claimants as criminals who are guilty until proven innocent Tom Flanagan — University of Calgary brainwasher, Globe and Mail columnist, CBC pundit, Conservative Party of Canada/Alberta Wildrose Party strategist, and friend/mentor of Stephen Harper, Ezra Levant and Danielle Smith — . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…
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 heard how closely I’ve listened to their concerns and the concerns of people around the province,” Wynne told reporters.Sousa, meanwhile, said he will get in touch with Opposition parties as he prepares the budget.“Premier Wynne wants to work with members of the Opposition
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet
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!
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 fantastic.
Here is the new cabinet of Ontario:
Kathleen Wynne-Premier of Ontario, Minister of AgricultureDeb Matthews-Deputy Premier of Ontario, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Jim Bradley-Minister of the Environment
John Gerretsen-Attorney General of Ontario Michael Gravelle-Minister of Northern Development and Mines
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Your new Ontario cabinet, and some facts and firsts
After about two hours sleep, I made the trek downtown from Scarborough bright and early Saturday morning to see if I had a shot at being promoted from alternate to voting delegate, and would have the opportunity to casta vote for Gerard Kennedy in the Ontario Liberal leadership race. Alas, I wasn’t on the list, so I could only watch, cheer, persuade, and hope for the best.
Paths to victory Going in, Kennedy was a long-shot, but there was a path to victory for him. It had to happen early, though. The first ballot results were pretty well set (Read more…)
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 damage that they have inflicted on the province. If she is serious about turning this have-not province around, she and her minority government will cooperate with Andrea Horwath and the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP), and follow their advice.
Also, hopefully Ontario’s teachers and other
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against…
If you’re an Ontario Liberal voting in leadership election meetings this weekend, I hope you’ll consider supporting Gerard Kennedy and your local Kennedy delegates. And if you’re voting in Scarborough-Centre, I’ll be running as a Kennedy delegate and I’d greatly appreciate your support. We have a lot of great candidates running for OLP that bring a diversity of experience and perspective to the table. While it’s hard to find fault with any of them, I feel that Gerard stands out from the pack for a number of reasons. One, he balances experience with fresh perspective. As the minister of education . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Gerard Kennedy is my choice for Ontario Liberal party leader
Ring in the New Year by joining thousands of fellow Liberals for a Tele-Town Hall with Charles Sousa! Charles wants to hear what you have to say about the important issues facing Ontario and how we can best renew our province and our party. If you don’t get a call from the campaign, you can phone 1-877-229-8493 and dial in 111348.Hope you hear you on the call!
Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter!
Got 60 seconds? Peep this video of Charles talking about why he is in the race for Ontario Liberal Party leader and why he wants to be your jobs Premier!
Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter!
A great week for the Charles Sousa campaign! After solid performances in the all candidates debates, and fantastic youth turnout at our pub night and the UTM Winterfest, Charles Sousa has rolled out his plan for Northern Ontario in the run up to the Northern region leadership debate tomorrow. Take a look! Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, Charles Sousa, has the right plan to create jobs for northern families. His vision for the North will mean accelerated job creation, better transit and more local decision making. His plan has three points: (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Check out the Charles Sousa plan for Northern Ontario!
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 both working to create jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.
Here is the Sousa Plan to Create Jobs in Small Town and Rural Ontario
Acting upon local input into decision-making and building municipal partnerships; Strongly supporting industries like auto, primary & (Read more…)
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 riding associations and individual MPP’s, and ensuring local support for energy projects.
So like Charles on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and watch the debate!
Like Charles on Facebook!Follow him on Twitter!
Today Charles Sousa continued to roll out bold new policies to re-engage our membership, support our unheld ridings, and empower our riding associations.
In particular, I’m a big fan of Charles committing to make it easier for youth to join the party online, helping unheld ridings keep more of their money, and supporting more free votes and private members bills.
Take a closer look at: http://www.votesousa.ca/renewal
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…
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 winnin… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: 4 days left to sign up to support a jobs Premier! Here’s why you should support Charles.
Like Charles on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/VoteSousaFollow the campaign on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/votesousaSign up to support Charles at http://www.votesousa.ca/join-us/____________________________________________________That’s Charl… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: "Let’s initiate some change. It’s going to help us initiate some jobs. It’s going to help us prepare for the future because this is all about making decisions today to have greater long-term benefit"
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 new energy and new ideas can have for the past 5 years.
The old Mississauga South was the epitome of old Tory Ontario. Largely mono cultural, it was one of the safest seats for the Ontario PC’s in the whole province. But perhaps no community has been
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Liberals need to renew our contract with the people of Ontario. Charles Sousa can get them to sign.
Wow. Like many Liberals today in Ontario, I was shocked by the news of Premier Dalton McGuinty announcing his resignation today. I’ve been incredibly lucky to get a chance to intern for the McGuinty Liberals at Queen’s Park for two summers, and McGuinty’s commitment to education, healthcare, and building a green economy motivated me to volunteer in the 2007/2011 elections, by-elections in St. Paul’s, Toronto Centre, Ottawa West-Nepean and Kitchener-Waterloo. For Ontario Young Liberals like myself, McGuinty has a particularly important place in our hearts, pretty much serving as the only OLP Leader for our political awareness, and for his championing of many issues important
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: On behalf of my family – Thank you, Dalton McGuinty
Teddy here. The Ontario Liberal Party will be holding it’s the annual general meeting at the Ottawa Convention Centre on the weekend of September 28th though to the 30th. Details are hard to find, which is why I wanted to help notify members. I am not a member of the OLP though, so you may have to contact your riding association for more details!
Here’s a great piece by Kitchener-Waterloo Liberal candidate Eric Davis answering the most basic question that anyone running for public office has to answer: Why are you running?
Eric’s two big reasons are simple but moving: Public service and family.
Eric has a long track-record of local leadership in Kitchener-Waterloo, and he’ll be a fighter to build a better future for Kitchener-Waterloo families.
I was raised to believe that each of us has a responsibility to contribute to the vibrancy and success of our community. Everyone contributes in their own way. Until now, my way has been through volunteering with
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why is Eric Davis running in Kitchener-Waterloo?
This post might annoy a few people I know at Queen’s Park, but I’m a tad annoyed with the Mcguinty government, so it will even out.
Mcguinty’s Liberals are pulling the same Omnibus stunt (Bill C-55 I believe it’s called) that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were getting roundly criticized for over Bill C-38. Specifically, what I am extremely disappointed in the provincial Liberals over is them doing the same weakening of environmental laws that the Harper government is doing:
Ontario’s budget bill aims to weaken environmental regulations that might interfere with resource activities such as mining and forestry.It would amend
From TTC Riders site:
Just as we savour our victory in winning back four Light Rail Transit lines for Toronto, an even greater threat is presenting itself—two provincial government initiatives that may foster privatization of our public transit systems. They are:
1) Schedule 28 (The Government Services and Service Providers Act, 2012), which is a section of the provincial government’s Budget Bill 55 that goes for a final vote at the Legislature this Wednesday, June 20th.
There is still opportunity for an amendment to eliminate Schedule 28 this Monday, during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Financial and Economic Affairs. We can call or (Read more…)
That’s a close race for sure, though despite tying the Liberals for second, the NDP remain in third place.
Forum Research: Prog. Cons: 34% – 42 seats Ont. Liberal: 30% – 35 seats New Dems: 30% – 30 seats Greens – 5%
This poll is actually more important than it seems, given the uncertainty over the budget. This wouldn’t be a disastrous result for the Liberals, but it’d be worse than where we are now. It’s also not a good result for the Hudak PCs, given that other polls put them in clear majority territory. It’s the best poll
. . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Forum Poll of Ontario: 34% PC, 30% Lib, 30% NDP