Daniel Dickin
Daniel Dickin is a columnist for The Prince Arthur Herald. He obtained his B.A. in law and political science from Carleton University in 2011 and his M.A. in public administration from Athabasca University in 2014. He is the author of Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record and resides in Ottawa, Ontario. www.danieldickin.ca

Entries by Daniel Dickin

Everyone Freaked Out About Voter Suppression For No Good Reason

(177) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 12:33 PM

There will be endless analysis in the coming days, months and years, but remember this: everything the opposition and media said about Stephen Harper and the Conservatives' election strategy was wrong.

All of the controversy over the Fair Elections Act and common sense election-related legislation has hilariously backfired --...

Read Post

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

(223) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 12:43 PM

This post has been updated to correct and clarify the following:

-A previous version of this post stated funds used for NDP satellite offices were spent on partisan activities, which could not be verified.
-A previous version of this post did not mention the NDP has challenged...

Read Post

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

(213) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau [disclosure: I share a publisher Paul Tuns].

Canadians will...

Read Post

The Conservatives Balance Budgets and Keep Promises

(67) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 10:54 PM

Last week Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled Economic Action Plan 2015: Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Security. This budget is only the latest in a long string of Conservative promises that have been made and kept, a proud record that will be...

Read Post

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

(53) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:38 AM

One year ago, my book Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record was released, on how the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals run Ontario. It is the only book on the market -- positive or negative -- that seeks to define and explain the Ontario Liberals' record of mismanagement under Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen...

Read Post

NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's Shortcomings

(42) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 10:22 PM

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's political slogan has been "building the team and the plan." So far, his "team" will be forced to be pro-choice and pro-marijuana, and his "plan" is legalizing marijuana, being against fighting terrorism, and placing a price on carbon.

Seriously. That's where the Liberals are at two...

Read Post

Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau

(594) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Originally published in the Prince Arthur Herald

It's becoming clearer as the days of Trudeau's Liberals wear on: if elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau would turn Canada into a dictatorship.

This is the man who admitted he "admires China's basic dictatorship." It wasn't just a sarcastic...

Read Post

It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

(24) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.

Ontarians were quickly thanked for their support of the scandal-plagued Liberals: almost 34,000 more Ontarians found themselves out...

Read Post

No Matter Who Won the Ontario Debate, Wynne Lost

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:30 PM

The Progressive Conservatives' Tim Hudak and the New Democrats' Andrea Horwath emerged as the clear winners in Tuesday's leaders' debate, as Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne spent 90 minutes attempting to correct her party's record of debt, deficits, and corruption.

Within hours of the debate's conclusion polls made it...

Read Post

The Liberal Government Has Left a Terrible, Inexcusable Legacy For Ontario

(54) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 2:57 PM

There's just no way the Ontario Liberals can put a positive spin on their legacy. Whether it's what they've done or what they say they want to do, everything this Liberal government touches turns to greed, corruption, scandal, mismanagement, or cronyism. It's been that way since Dalton McGuinty took office...

Read Post

The Ontario Election Ad Ban's Been Lifted and the Claws Are Out

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:09 PM

With week two of the Ontario election over and TV ads finally available, Ontario's political parties are beginning to shape their campaigns.

Last week, the release of Tim Hudak's Million Jobs Plan filled the news space about what Hudak's plan would and would not do.

Predictably, a portion...

Read Post

Only Hudak Has a Plan For Ontario So Far

(13) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 7:34 PM

The first week of Ontario's election campaign has come and gone, and it's clear where at least one of the parties stand and where they intend to go.

Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives came out of the gate with their Million Jobs Plan, a plan to create one-million jobs...

Read Post

What Were the Liberals Thinking With This Budget?

(21) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:28 PM

It's hard to imagine how the Ontario Liberals and Kathleen Wynne could have possibly thought their 2014 budget would fly with either the New Democrats or the Progressive Conservatives.

Increased payroll taxes would cost the average full-time worker $893 more per year.

A mandatory "Ontario Pension Plan" would become yet...

Read Post

The Truth About the 2011 Federal Election

(9) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald

Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Cote has concluded his investigation regarding the alleged "robocalls" that took place during the 2011 federal election, and it's not what the media or Opposition NDP or Liberals wanted to hear.

The report, released on...

Read Post

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

(26) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald

Opposition parties need only look in the mirror if they're seriously wondering why "closure" and "time allocation" have increasingly been used in parliamentary affairs.

Of course, both are valid procedures that have existed for decades. Closure requires that a question...

Read Post

Why Wynne Lost Big at the Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Event

(5) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne attempted to appear connected to the younger generation and responsive to the many questions and concerns of Ontarians, but she failed miserably.

On February 11, Wynne held a Reddit "Ask me Anything" session. AMA sessions are supposed to be about "something uncommon that plays...

Read Post

Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a Medal

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:08 PM

Economic Action Plan 2014 wasn't even tabled in the House of Commons before NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau complained about it.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's 10th federal budget, officially titled "The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities," focuses on delivering real results...

Read Post

Trudeau's Abolition of Liberal Senators Changes Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald

Justin Trudeau has banished all 32 Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus, yet he's managed to accomplish absolutely nothing in the process.

At a surprise meeting Wednesday morning, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told his Liberal Senators they were all fired from...

Read Post

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

(7) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system.

Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and...

Read Post

A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

(26) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Parliament has risen for its Christmas break and won't sit again until January 27, 2014. In true Christmas spirit, it's a time for reflection on the good and bad of 2013, and how that record may be updated in 2014.

Unfortunately, the record for Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has been...

Read Post