Ontario Liberals

Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

We need health-care reform. To do that, we need an honest conversation between patients, government and front-line workers about what can be covered, what should be covered and what must be covered. We can't have it all. So we need to talk about what we all can have. To get there, doctors must be part of the conversation.

Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating Itself

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Back in the mid-1990s, the Ontario Provincial Government found itself in a bitter dispute with Ontario physicians. Back then, the government tried to frame the dispute as one that was solely based on physician compensation. Fast forward to 2016.

Wynne To Talk Fundraising With Ontario Opposition Leaders

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada Politics

The premier promised to introduce legislation this spring to make changes that include a ban on corporate and union donations.

Ontario To Make Almost $2B In Sale Of Hydro One Shares

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada

The shares are being sold at $23.65 apiece for total gross proceeds of about $1.71 billion.

Ontario Needs A Smarter Way To Invest In Infrastructure

Barry Steinberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Steinberg

The Wynne government doesn't have a long-term infrastructure plan that includes an accurate description of the current condition of the province's assets, including roads and buildings. That is to say that there is no reliable estimate of Ontario's infrastructure deficit -- a crucial factor in making evidence-based, properly planned investment decisions

Ontario Liberals Backtrack On Hiking Drug Costs For Seniors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics

The changes were announced in the recent budget.

Ontario's Government Should Not Be For Sale

Mike Schreiner | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

But it certainly appears that Premier Wynne has put out a big for sale sign by hosting high-priced private dinners for deep-pocketed insiders. Sadly, the premier has defended the indefensible by saying that corporate fundraising is part of the political process. She has attempted to justify her high-priced private dinners by claiming that everyday citizens have the same access as those ponying up $6,000 a plate. If this true, then for that price people must be getting some extra fine food. The premier and the political establishment dismiss critics of corporate fundraising by hiding behind the rules. Well, I say the rules stink.

Ontario Politics, Propaganda And The Potential For Change

Nadia Alam | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

I am completely disillusioned by the Ontario Liberals and in particular, Health Minister Eric Hoskins, the man who is supposed to champion health care in Ontario. And I mean all of health care, not just nurses and hospitals, but doctors too because we each play a vital role.

Ontario Bans Police Carding

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics

The regulations set out what the government calls "clear and consistent rules" for voluntary police-public interactions.

Key Ontario Budget Highlights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

The budget deficit for fiscal year 2015-16 is expected to come in at $5.7 billion.

Ontario Budget Has Good News For Students, Others Feel The Pinch

CP | Allison Jones and Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Ontario's Liberal government says it is on track to eliminate a $5.7-billion deficit.

This One Word Makes Greg Selinger's Campaign Ad Fall Flat

Quito Maggi | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

I watched the new Manitoba NDP ad this morning with some interest and after a few seconds I realized I have seen this ad before. Back in 2011, then-Premier Dalton McGuinty looked like he was about to lose a looming election, the polls were bad, his approval numbers were terrible -- sound familiar?

Ontario Creating Anti-Racism Office 10 Years After Promising One

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Culture Minister Michael Coteau will also now be the minister responsible for anti-racism.<

Liberal Candidate Boasts 'Real Shot' At Winning Ontario Byelection

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Thursday's byelection was triggered when Christine Elliott resigned in the summer.

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.

Ontario Tory, Liberal Offices Ready For Byelection Battle

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Progressive Conservative candidate Lorne Coe and Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy both launched their offices Saturday

Ex-Staffer Charged In Gas-Plant Scandal To Crowdsource Legal Costs

The Globe and Mail | Adrian Morrow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada

A former Ontario Liberal political staffer facing criminal charges related to the gas-plant scandal is turning to crowdsourcing to fund her legal defence.

OLG Lockout Is The Result Of A Decade Of Dysfunction

Larry Rousseau | Posted 01.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

OLG has locked workers out of four sites in the last four months of 2015 -- in Brantford, Sudbury, Woodbine/Toronto (all since ended) and most recently Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa. Management locked out 124 of its workers after they rejected what any reasonable observer would conclude was a very lousy offer.

OPP Charges Former McGuinty Aides Over Cancelled Gas Plants

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — TORONTO - Ontario Provincial Police laid criminal charges Thursday against two top aides to former premier Dalton McGuinty in a gas plants...

Ontario Has Become 'A Major Hub' For Trafficking Young Girls

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't think any of us were prepared for what we heard."

Corruption In The Green Energy Sector Costs Ontarians

John Laforet | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.

Ontario Mulls Using Decommissioned Hospitals To House Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario has committed to taking in 10,000 refugees by the end of next year.

Health Care Gets Harder When Politicians Make Medical Decisions

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

As the public watches "entitled" physicians struggle under the barrage of Liberal hostility, they miss the very real danger of a government stuffing an already glutted health care system with more administration. As David Gatzer pointed out, this is "a system designed for political popularity, not smart policy."

A Winning Smile For Wynne in Ontario

Peter Landry | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There is no doubt that one of the biggest winners in the federal election was Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Having spent much political capital in...

Ontario's Family Doctors-in-Training Are Leaving the Province

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

The government is reducing the number of training spots for family physicians in the coming years. And now they are implementing cuts and clawbacks that are not only resulting in established physicians packing up and leaving the province, but our new grads are planning to leave in droves. The future isn't as bright as we once thought, and if something isn't done to prevent the loss of our physicians in training, it will only get much worse.