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Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for your train.

Ontario’s MetroLinx people came to Barrie the other day to talk about planning for the future of the GO Train commuter line to Toronto. The good news is that it is the intent to electrify and twin the line by 2025. The bad news is that it will take that long. And there are many . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for your train.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Wynne cry for liberalism?

Did you hear that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne got all teary at the Liberal Party gathering this past weekend? Not being there, are we to assume these were crocodile tears or tears of frustration? Or were they just a notation on her script saying ‘tears here’? You never know what her reaction is to being . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Wynne cry for liberalism?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Take no solace in bad governance.

Did you hear that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is staying in her job? We were in Ottawa last week during the bye-election in Ottawa-Vanier. It was no surprise that the Liberal candidate won. These are happy days in Ottawa. The malaise at Queen’s Park appears distant and of little consequence.

Yet these are the drabbest . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Take no solace in bad governance.

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the leadership, stupid!

Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star is usually a quite astute observer of Queen’s Park and the political machinations there. What we did not know about him was that he considers himself something of an economist. If he is not an economist, why would he suggest that the Wynne government in Ontario was right . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the leadership, stupid!

Babel-on-the-Bay: The devil is in the details, Ms. Wynne.

The Ontario government’s water torture continues. There has been a reluctance to write about the so-called ‘reforms’ in political fundraising until we knew more of the details. We are still waiting. The Wynne Liberals like to dribble out their giving in to the inevitable over multiple news cycles. And the hypocrites in the opposition parties . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The devil is in the details, Ms. Wynne.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The glass house of Ontario’s Conservatives.

Somebody in the Ontario Conservative party is going to have to take Ottawa-Vanier PC candidate André Morin aside and read the riot act to him. The guy thinks he is lawman Wyatt Earp. He actually describes himself as an anti-corruption and ethics expert. And that is the last thing PC leader Patrick Brown wants in . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The glass house of Ontario’s Conservatives.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The rise of the exurbanites.

Trump reached for it in America and the exurbanites coalesced behind him. With these new rural voters who have fled the cities and in sync with the traditional American Gothic farmers, he dominated state after state. These people resent and fear our conglomerate cities, the liberal attitudes they promote and the crush of the ethnic . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The rise of the exurbanites.

Babel-on-the-Bay: People are not lab rats.

There is no question but that we have a high regard for former Senator Hugh Segal. But for God’s sake Hugh, you have got to stop treating people as laboratory rats. They do not and we do not need another damn test of how little people can live on.

And why would you ever get . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: People are not lab rats.

Babel-on-the-Bay: It is Premier Wynne who should resign.

Anyone with an understanding of the political situation at Queen’s Park must know that the chances of anyone being convicted over the possible bribery in the Sudbury bye-election is unlikely. It is obvious that the Ontario Provincial Police are wary of charging the real perpetrator. And the people charged are merely dupes. Is there a . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It is Premier Wynne who should resign.

Babel-on-the-Bay: When a tax is a better answer.

Canadians have not really joined the dispute between carbon tax and ‘Cap and Trade’ yet. It is of increasing importance that they do. And while nobody really wants to choose taxes over industrial deals, there are good reasons for us to choose carbon taxes.

The primary reason why a carbon tax is the best answer . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: When a tax is a better answer.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The drip torture by the Wynne government.

Maybe they think they are too classy for simple water torture or boarding. The Ontario Liberals are inflicting an alcohol torture on the poor consumer. First, you have to find out which super grocery stores have just beer and cider or wine and beer or just a kiosk for plonk. There are now 67 out . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The drip torture by the Wynne government.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The losers are lurking.

It must be Halloween in the air. Losers from the last federal election are gathering. There will be a provincial election in 2018 and the Conservative losers from the last federal election are jockeying for nominations in provincial electoral districts.

The first of these Conservative nominations was for the upcoming bye-election in Niagara West-Glanbrook and . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The losers are lurking.

Babel-on-the-Bay: What goes around, comes around Mr. Brown.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Stepping up to the political plate.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Pardonez-moi M. Lisée.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: When the crisis is the candidate.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Protecting public assets.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: How far Bill Davis’ party has fallen.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: No guts, no glory, no re-election.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Winning ways for Wynne.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Leitch and Brown Trump Ontario.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Patrick Brown: Manipulator.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Strike while the lane is HOT.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mr. Brown is no chess champ and no leader.

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s up with Wynne?

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?