Politics and its Discontents: On Corporate Plundering

H/t makaycartoons.net Having written previously on the breath-taking legalized theft of our groundwater made possible by an Ontario Liberal government that has yet to meet a corporate entity it doesn’t love, I avidly follow public reaction to this outrage. Today’s Star offers an excellent series of letters on the topic, two of which I reproduce ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pathetic Political Posturing

Yesterday, I posted about the outrageous pillaging of our groundwater made possible by a government that seems oblivious to anything but its corporate clientele. It is a sad situation which I and many others have known about for a long time; it is the same knowledge that Premier Wynne has long been in possession of, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pathetic Political Posturing

Yesterday, I posted about the outrageous pillaging of our groundwater made possible by a government that seems oblivious to anything but its corporate clientele. It is a sad situation which I and many others have known about for a long time; it is the same knowledge that Premier Wynne has long been in possession of, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pillaging The Public Purse: On Hydro One’s Privatization

I have written in the past on my strong opposition to Kathleen Wynne’s selloff of 60% of Hydro One. She has no mandate for this pillaging of the public purse, and no good reason for it except her politically and ideologically-driven obsession with balancing the budget before Ontario’s next provincial election. She will not be ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pillaging The Public Purse: On Hydro One’s Privatization

I have written in the past on my strong opposition to Kathleen Wynne’s selloff of 60% of Hydro One. She has no mandate for this pillaging of the public purse, and no good reason for it except her politically and ideologically-driven obsession with balancing the budget before Ontario’s next provincial election. She will not be ...

Politics and its Discontents: Connecting The Dots?

Here in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to sell off 60% of Hydro One, the very profitable public utility that generated a pre-tax income of $803 million in 2013, is causing quite a storm of outrage. Despite her promise to put all profits from the sale toward transportation structure, the fact that the sale will ...

Politics and its Discontents: Say It Isn’t So!

It seems that the refusal of a petulant prime minister to meet with the premier of Canada’s largest province is having unanticipated consequences: H/t The Toronto Star Recommend this Post

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Blasts Harper New Anti-prostitution Law

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says Harper’s new anti-prostitution law, Bill C-36, will protect neither exploited sex workers nor communities. The post Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Blasts Harper New Anti-prostitution Law appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Minimum Wage

There has been very much a predictable reaction from business to the Wynne government’s decision to raise the Ontario minimum wage to $11 per hour as of June 1. Even though this modest increase will do little to lift the working poor out of poverty, the commercial sector is running about shouting that the sky ...

Politics and its Discontents: Putting A Face On Minimum-Wage Poverty

Last evening I watched a fascinating documentary on PBS’ Nature* about the black crested macaque, a monkey that is endemic to rainforests in Indonesia, which includes the island of Sulawesi. The monkeys are a badly endangered species whose numbers have dropped 90% over the last 25 years thanks to hunters who sell them as bush ...

Politics and its Discontents: Crumbs From The Table

Poverty in perpetuity. That is what Ontario’s ‘socially-progressive’ Premier, Kathleen Wynne, has condemned the working poor to. After waiting more than six months for what turned out to be a very timid report from a provincial minimum wage advisory panel that ended up recommending increases tied to inflation, the premier has announced the new wage ...

Politics and its Discontents: More Thoughts On The Minimum Wage

Although I have written several previous posts on the need to substantially increase the minimum wage so that it becomes a living wage, I have been planning an update. However, I doubt that today will be the day for that update since, once again over my morning coffee, I have come across two thoughtful letters ...

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people they represent.” Today, none of ...