Mike Harris

Inside the Labour Campaign That Stopped Hudak

Sid Ryan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

In all of the coverage of the Ontario election and the new Wynne government, the media has completely overlooked one of the most important stories of them all. What people don't realize is that the labour movement came together in an unprecedented way to defeat Progressive Conservative party leader Tim Hudak, and kept the U.S. anti-union movement out of Canada.

Ouch, NDP: Ontario Job Growth By Governing Party

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Business

Lakehead University economics prof Livio Di Matteo has put out a very interesting graph breaking down job growth in Ontario by governing party, and, u...

Do Ontarians Only Vote To Keep the Biggest Liar Out of Power?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

According to one theory, whose origins I've long forgotten, the business of voting has undergone an evolutionary transmogrification. In earlier times, citizens voted for the candidates they liked the most. Soon, a cynicism having seeped into the civic fabric, they began to vote for the candidates they disliked the least. And now? People vote against the crooks and liars that they hate the most. The problem with this theory is that it presumes a golden age, and no experienced person could reasonably indulge a notion like that.

Harris To Lead Ukraine Mission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Former Ontario premier Mike Harris and Conservative Sen. Raynell Andreychuk will lead the independent Canadian mission to observe the Ukraini...

Ghosts Of Premiers Past Haunt Hudak, Wynne

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Running for political office sometimes means running from your party's history, which can make it tricky to avoid being tripped up by the gh...

Raise a Glass to Jim Flaherty's Well-Lived Life

Diane Francis | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Flaherty's family wasn't hardscrabble poor, but he had to deliver newspapers for months to earn enough to buy himself a pair of good hockey skates to make the team. It was to prove an investment that allowed him to soar to the very top of the world's political roster, skate with the best and earn many goals and assists.

Let's Not Forget Flaherty's Controversial Political Career

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Here I must trespass on the impolite, and I'll begin by restoring to the record the excised bits in which Jim Flaherty was a soldier of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." The idea that he was a non-ideological moderate would have been laughed out of the room, even by the man himself. Moderate was an insult he applied to his leadership rival, that pink and pale McGuinty imitation Ernie Eves. As Ontario's Attorney General and Finance Minister, Flaherty was one of Harris's most consistent and reliable true believers, mocked (like Harris himself) for applying his tough-on-crime universal restorative elixir to homelessness and poverty.

Jim Flaherty: A Tough Fiscal Conservative With a Big Heart

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

When destiny called, Flaherty responded with calm determination, incredible single-mindedness, supreme confidence, toughness and above all, clear-eyed pragmatism. And in the process, he even surprised his most critical political foes with his smooth Gretzky-like stick handling of Canada's economy.

Mike Harris Opens Up About Flaherty

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - By all accounts, Jim Flaherty appeared to be looking forward to the next phase of his life.The former finance minister for two conservative g...

Cold-Hearted Wynne Cuts Back on Toronto's Poor, While Ford Fights for Their Cause

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Well, I hate to say that I told you so. Actually, that is not entirely true. I am laughing my behind off, as I type this in the wee hours of the morn...

Part 3: Without Corporations, Tim Hudak Wouldn't Be Elected

Sid Ryan | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

According to a recent study of Ontario elections, between 2004 and 2011, over 40 per cent of Progressive Conservatives' funds ($26 million) came from corporations. Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak's vitriol toward unions has to do with the modest efforts of union members to counter the influence of corporations and the wealthy.

Can the Average Joe Produce a Better Budget?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Aviva Rubin

To coincide with budget day in Canada yesterday CBC's "The Current" featured a segment on something called participatory budgeting, which engages local citizens and communities in allocating funds to projects and priorities. Average citizens are no less equipped to make these tough decisions than average politicians.

Go to Prison, Get a Great Job

Aviva Rubin | Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

According to former Ontario corrections minister Robert Sampson, mandatory minimum sentencing is a great tool for getting people the education and training they need to successfully reintegrate and contribute to society.

Mike Harris: Ghost Of PC Premiers Past

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - He's been gone from politics and stayed largely out of public sight for almost a decade, yet former premier Mike Harris still casts a shadow...

Hudak's Rivals Predict Health Care Cuts Under PC Rule

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada

HAMILTON - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak reaffirmed his promise to pump billions into Ontario's health-care system Sunday, but his critics...

Ex-Tory Premier Blasts Party For Bringing 'Tea Party' To Ontario

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Former Progressive Conservative premier Ernie Eves is taking aim at members of his own party just a few days before the provincial election ...

U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Speaks to Dysfunctional System

Hassan Arif | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada
Hassan Arif

The complexity of passing legislation through Congress with an intransigent Republican Party is something we should be worried about here in Canada, too. There is the prospect that the federal government, Canada's largest province, and Canada's largest city could all be governed by ideological conservatives.