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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 Harper.

It’s certainly true that the Ontario Liberals are going to miss Progressive Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak. He was a gift that kept on giving.

But their federal cousins, and the federal NDP as well, can take comfort. They still have Stephen Harper.

So it’s (Read more…)

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 it is churlish to take so much pleasure in the whining and wingeing of the usually arrogant right-wing pundits, I just can’t help myself.

This gaggle of ideological nut bars rarely get angry at the fact that most governments in this country have been doing (Read more…)

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 am very proud to say my policy has been adopted as a part of the Ontario Liberal Party platform! “ENGAGING OUR YOUTH. We will introduce voter registration in high schools to help students prepare for the responsibilities of citizenship and replace the Grade (Read more…) . . . → 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 will complain about “going negative”, to which I have to ask, isn’t joining with Tim Hudak and Stephen Harper and saying NO to a strong plan for Ontario a tad more negative?

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 of luck

Her campaign website can be found here

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 desperately for a “star” candidate, election timing aside.

Either way, not helpful behavior.  That is all.

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 much as Nancy does. Every election and byelection she’s out a the doors, and now that she’s running for a nomination herself, she’s been going door to door for months, selling members and engaging with the residents of Parkdale-High Park.

Her campaign recently released (Read more…)

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 NDP leader Andrea Horwath rightly said it should be up to the council to decide how it wanted to proceed.

“At this point, I think it’s really important to maintain a position of respect for that council. They were elected by their local community, the (Read more…)

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 YOUTH DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION AND IMPROVING CIVIC EDUCATION BY: WILLIAM NORMAN, MISSISSAUGA SOUTH WHEREAS the lowest voter registration rates are for young voters 18-24 years of age WHEREAS there is a positive correlation between voting and being registered as a voter before General Voting Day (Read more…) . . . → 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 the advent of Premier Wynne, things might get a bit more progressive on that front, but she and her government has again failed to (in my opinion) protect the environment, and is in fact carrying on with what was my original beef a year ago:

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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 (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

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

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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 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…

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 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

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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 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 

Ted McMeekin-Minister

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A BCer in Toronto: Day 2 a Wynning day at #olpldr

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…)

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 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

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A BCer in Toronto: Gerard Kennedy is my choice for Ontario Liberal party leader

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

The Liberal Scarf: Charles Sousa Tele-Town Hall tonight!

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!

The Liberal Scarf: Charles Sousa: Why I’m running

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!

The Liberal Scarf: Check out the Charles Sousa plan for Northern Ontario!

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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!

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

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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…)