The social conservatives in the Niagara Peninsula had a surprise the other day for Ontario Conservative Leader Patrick Brown. It was not the surprise he wanted. He expected his pal party president Rick Dykstra to easily win the nomination in the provincial electoral district of Niagara West-Glanbrook. Dykstra was defeated.
The local party’s selection of . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What goes around, comes around Mr. Brown.
It brought back memories. Having spent New Years of 1980 up north in the winter wonderland of the Huntsville area, the family were barely in the door before the phone was ringing. There was an election on and we could hardly escape it. The first caller was our old friend David Smith. We had supported . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Stepping up to the political plate.
Paul Wells of the Toronto Star offers it as evidence that sometimes a journalist can make something of himself. Besides an ass, we assume.
Wells was writing about Jean-François Lisée who won the leadership of Quebec’s Parti Québécois last Friday. We all had a good laugh at the PQ last time when they chose millionaire . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.
There was an interesting op-ed in the Toronto Star a while ago by a former New Democrat strategist claiming that political crises cannot be managed. He boiled it all down to the simple statement that you have to bury a crisis before it buries you. He was getting some reluctant nods to his thesis until . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: When the crisis is the candidate.
What government, municipal, provincial or federal, has not looked longingly to selling off public companies as a fast way to some ready cash? The government can promise to do nothing but good with the money. The only problem is that once the asset is gone, there is no more revenue from it beyond its corporate . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Protecting public assets.
We can admit it now but could not when he was Premier of Ontario, Bill Davis is a decent guy. As much as he likes to pose as the bastion of the right, Bill has always liked people and is a caring, compassionate person. If he was much younger and leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: How far Bill Davis’ party has fallen.
Ontario’s Liberals have to stop whistling past the graveyard. That American idiom means that they are ignoring sure destruction. And nothing said it better than the recent rebooting of the Legislature with a joke of a throne speech read by the Lieutenant Governor. It was no throne speech. It was a stop-gap to oblivion. It […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: No guts, no glory, no re-election.
Ontario’s news media might be a little premature in wringing their hands and writing eulogies for Ontario’s Liberal government. With something like 30 per cent of the voters turning out for the September 1 by-election, the portent is nothing more than the local Liberals need to work a bit harder. But that also applies to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Winning ways for Wynne.
It is the unwise politician who adds to the silences of their eulogy. The silences are caused by those things you said or were said on your behalf for which apologies were demanded, delivered or denied. The smart politician knows where the line is drawn and keeps away from it. Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Leitch and Brown Trump Ontario.
Why was Conservative Leader Patrick Brown getting all the attention in the final week before yesterday’s provincial by-election? It was while his party’s candidate in the Scarborough—Rouge River was convincing ethnic Chinese in the high newcomer ratio electoral district that their concerns about their children’s sex education would be addressed. We did tell you that […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Patrick Brown: Manipulator.
The Wynne government in Ontario leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit of taxpayers’ dollars. In a novel break from their usual attitude that they can always just do as they want, they actually asked our opinion the other day. It seems they took our picture recently while driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way past […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Strike while the lane is HOT.
There is a big difference between a manipulator and a planner. Mr. Brown, the current leader of the Ontario Conservative Party, is a manipulator. He uses the system to his advantage. Maybe he does not play chess as that is a challenge that requires you to think ahead of your moves. Watching Patrick Brown in […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Mr. Brown is no chess champ and no leader.
It is certainly easy to forget about Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals during such a beautiful summer. They hardly do anything worthwhile the rest of the year but then they take the summer off and do less. The only member of the Liberal cabinet who has been putting in some hours has been Health Minister Erik […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s up with Wynne?
Some observers consider it just arrogance but the problems of Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario government could be based on a subconscious desire to end the sham. And they could end it if there was any plausible replacement government to them at hand. But maybe that is why it comes across as arrogance. Take this new Energy […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Death wish of the Wynne Liberals.
According to the Ontario government your choices of booze, beer and wine are now at your finger tips. “We deliver” we are told. It all seems to be designed to sell more booze in a faux atmosphere of responsibility and restriction. What is annoying though is that it is all designed to add to the […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Are we the happiest taxpayers?
Do super heroes ever rest? Not super heroes such as Calgary’s Honourable Jason Kenney MP. He is doing double duty this summer with the challenges to save Ottawa for democracy and to save Alberta for right-wing politicos. The work of a super hero is obviously never done. In Ottawa this summer the fat and 48-year […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Jason Kenney’s double duty summer.
People who have worked with pop-up organizations over the years have learned to be wary. There are just too many that work the “poor-me” street and trade on Canadians’ instinctive succour of the underdog. While we have been trying to stay away from the subject of these people, it is clear that group calling itself […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Black Lives Matter organizers should get stuffed.
There were two stories in the Toronto Star the other day from Canada’s western oil patch. The major story was the one by business writer David Olive on Suncor’s gutsiest bet yet on Athabasca bitumen. The other story never mentioned bitumen. It is a Canadian Press story out of North Battleford, Saskatchewan where the city […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Going ‘All In’ on bitumen.
It depends where you sit in the Ontario Legislature. The government benches mainly consider Ontario Hydro a golden goose. The opposition benches always consider it the government’s Achilles heel. And it seems the powers that be at all the disparate parts of Hydro think they can charge customers whatever they need to meet the government’s […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Brown tries outrage over Hydro.
Was that not a joke recently that Ontario is going to have a lottery to test paying for highway space on public highways? Was April Fools Day held over? That makes the Wynne cabinet the fools. High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes were just silly. HOT is stupid. And they think Ontario drivers are going to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: HOT highway lanes are hilarious.
It is certainly not wedding bells that are breaking up the old Stephen Harper gang. Can you imagine Jason Kenney—Harper’s minister of everything—answering to the call of the West? It seems he is buckling on his six-guns and ambling west to have a shoot-out with Miss Rachel to decide who rules the Edmonton Legislature. To […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Jason Kenney ambles westward.
Ontario’s provincial Conservative Party leader should have a clearly lettered sign on his chest saying ‘Help send this boy to the premier’s office.’ That way people would have a clue who he is and know that he will do or say anything to get there. If he thought discarding his long pants and painting his […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The new and few principles of Mr. Brown.
The Province of Ontario slipped that in when we were not looking. They are allowing the few grocery stores selling some beer to also sell apple cider. And we are talking the hard stuff here; not your baby’s apple juice. The announcement from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office was all socially responsible, quiet and designed to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: PSST, there’s cider at a few grocers.
It seems everybody is in on the act these days. The Province of Ontario is reviewing the Police Services Act. The City of Toronto keeps appointing committees to solve its budget problems with policing. And the cops are just digging in their heels against change. But the question that has to be asked is, “Who […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Who is reforming policing?
Canada’s Inuit used to have a traditional remedy for aging that involved putting the elderly on ice flows and waving goodbye. The Ontario Cabinet showed us the modern approach the other day—some of the seniors in the cabinet were told to quit so that the premier could bring in younger talent. Not all went quietly […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Cabinet shuffle or spring cleaning?