“You know, most Canadians, if they don’t show up for work, they don’t get a promotion.” – Jack Layton
On Tuesday, April 24th the 17 MPPs in the Ontario NDP caucus (led by Andea Howarth) skipped out on voting on Ontario’s 2012 budget. This action is confusing. It looks like a huge strategic blunder for the ONDP. After Tim Hudak took himself out of the debate by saying he’d vote against the budget before any details were put on the negotiation table, I was pleased to see Ms. Howarth and Premier McGuinty negotiating over the budget. Now that the
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Here is my final prediction for this year’s Ontario Election Ottawa and Eastern Ontario The Liberals will keep their lock on the city of Ottawa though they will most likely lose Ottawa-Centre to the NDP. Nepean-Carleton and Carleton-Mississippi … . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: LIB-55 PC-32 NDP-20 FINAL PROJECTIONS
There is no more stirring plea that Ontario’s incumbent Premier can make in his case for re-election then PC leader Tim Hudak will not be able to defend Ontario’s best interests in the face of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s austerity agenda. The fea… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: The Green Game: Dalton McGuinty vs. the NDP
The leader’s deabte for the 2011 Ontario Provinical election is set for September 27th and will feature incumbent Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, PC leader Tim Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath. While no venue has been annouced, the TV consort… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: The Problem with the Leader’s Debate
As we enter into September, the race to become Premier is getting heated as parties scramble to sell themselves to voters in this final month before the election. And as the competition heats up, so does the polling… Yes friends it’s like freaking C… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: A True Province Wide Three Way Race Emerges…
As we’ve all no doubt heard, the results of an unprecedented referendum in British Columbia about the fate of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) were released late last week and showed that close to 55% of voters in the province want to axe the t… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: BC HST is Killed and the future for Ontario
Tim Hudak says the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will receive a majority mandate on October 6th, despite polls suggesting the governing Liberals gaining strength. Hudak isn’t being ignorant or facetious here, his PC’s still have a really … . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Seat Projections: PC-48, Libs-40, NDP-19
The federal Conservative Party has spent the past 5 years morphing into the most capable and powerful electoral fighting machine in the country yet somehow found time to pick a fight with an Ottawa widow. They beat back Martin, Dion, Ignatieff and Lay… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Asbestos and Pesticides: A Love Letter to Regulations
Premier Dalton McGuinty promises that if his provinical Liberals win re-election, the GO transit network will refund commuters if their train is more than 15 minutes late. This annoucement comes after the Premier pledged that Barrie will re… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Small Promises with a Big Impact: Making Government Work
A recent Nanos poll indicates that for all the focus the Progressive Conservatives are giving to taxes in this year’s campaign, most Ontarians believe health care is the most important issue in this election. 28.9% of respondents said in the… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Ontarians Tuning Out the ‘Tax Man’ Ads as the Liberals Rise
Hold your hats Ontario, this one’s going to be a wild one! After months of constant pundit banter that his re-election bid was D.O.A, Premier McGuinty’s ruling Grits are surging backing into the race and nipping at the heels of the Hudak Conservatives,… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: New Polling Data Vaults McGuinty back into the Race!
Premier Dalton McGuinty and the OLP insiders are actuely aware of their dimming prospects heading into this October’s provincial election but interestingly enough this government has decided that, in a striking contrast from the mind crushingly artific… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: An Election about Actual Issues?? Count Me In!!
Apparently Stephen Harper, our dashing ideologically driven, Reagan heir of a prime minister (wow sarcasm is difficult to blog), wants to paint Ontario blue…this time on the provinical level. Speaking at a small BBQ featuring Toronto mayor (and perpe… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Harper vs. McGuinty: Why Dalton can gain…
Comparing Ontario to the United States is very much so an oversimplification but both jurisdictions do share alot of common problems, most pertient being their economic uncertainity and their ever shrinking manufacturing sectors. The fact that Presiden… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: The Challenges of Economic Restructuring: Part Two
A brand new spanking poll unveiled yesterday by the Ottawa Citizen shows the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario helmed by Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Tim Hudak opening up an 11 point lead on the embattled governing Liberals. The Hudak led PC’s … . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Grits sinking, Tories flying…NDP and Greens could be Wild Cards!!
I’ve been observing the American debt talks with all the intensity of a thirteen year old boy watching the new Transformers movie, completely amazed and awe shockingly confused. The amount of spin spewing from the mouths of all the major players and th… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: Premier McGuinty and President Obama: The Challenges of Economic Restructuring (Part One)
A bit about me… I used to take so much pride when people would identify we as being a bit…odd, or just generally different. First it was loner, then bookish, then hyper, then a loner and now I exist somewhere between a bookish, hyper loner who… . . . → Read More: The Ontario Leftist: Countdown to October 6th: An Electic Blog for Unique People: 2011 Ontario Election Coverage
This is a video I shot, and produced, with Cheryl McNamara (writer), Jane Moffat (director), and Evan Moir (editor). To vote for us, link to the People for Corporate Tax Cuts contest at http://www.peopleforcorporatetaxcuts.ca All proceeds will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help us advocate for the clean energy sector, and end oil subsidies.
What a delightful shoot, and such a pleasure to work with such fine people. Had to control my giggling so the camera would not shake.
Those who know me know this based on a true story. News flash – we won for this week!
The skyrocketing cost of electricity in Ontario is making it almost impossible for Consumers to continue quietly accepting their fate without seeing any tangible results or even basic reasons for their sacrifices. In the absence of a clear vision from … . . . → Read More: EnviroNauts.com: So…Who’s to Blame for Higher Energy Costs