Ontario Liberals

Ontario Taxpayers Off Hook For $10K Paid To Allegedly Wipe Hard Drives

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals have decided taxpayers will no longer be on the hook for about $10,000 they paid a computer expert to allegedly...

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

John Laforet | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada
John Laforet

It is laughable that the Ontario Liberals are scolding residents of the province for not putting enough away for their own retirements when the Government has so chronically underfunded it's own defined benefit pension plans that they look more like Ponzi schemes than retirement benefits.

The Ontario Courts Should Learn Shelter Is a Basic Need

Sharad Kerur | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

On December 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal failed Canadians who are homeless or living in substandard conditions. By ruling that the Government of Canada has no obligation to provide "affordable, adequate, and accessible housing" to its citizens, the Court sanctioned the government's abdication of responsibility for housing and dealt a significant blow to vulnerable Canadians.

Ontario Liberals Spent Big Bucks To Keep Peace With Teachers

CBC | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Politics

The provincial government spent nearly $500-million to buy labour peace with school teachers in 2013. That figure comes in a new report from the aud...

Ontario Liberals To Cut Education Funding, Close Schools: NDP

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Some schools in Ontario will be shut down as the Liberal government makes education funding cuts to help eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit i...

Wynne Wants Better Jobs Just Like Unions, But..

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government shares the labour movement's goal of creating good jobs, while cautioning the two sides m...

Well, That Was Easy..

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's law-making school is out for the summer, but provincial politicians aren't breaking out the flip-flops and cracking open a cold on...

Ontario Liberals Aim To Ban Paying People For Blood

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario plans to join Quebec in banning payments to people for their blood and blood plasma after a paid-plasma clinic in Toronto opened its...

Ontario Liberals Steamroll On With Big-Spending Budget

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's newly elected Liberals steamrolled ahead Monday with the same big-spending budget that triggered the June 12 election, despite opp...

Wynne: No Specifics On Where $3 Billion From Sales Will Come From

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government is counting on billions of dollars from the sale of provincial assets so it should be able to say exactly what ...

She's Either Going To Hike Taxes Or Cut Jobs: Opposition

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberals may have won a majority June 12, but they have no plan to eliminate a $12.5 billion deficit without cutting jobs or raisi...

Wynne, Stop Ontario's Credit Rating From Plummeting Further

Sean Speer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The government already spends 9.2 per cent of its revenues to service its debt and, according to its own estimates, this will rise to nearly 11 per cent in the next four years. Put plainly, Ontario spends $1 out of every $10 sent to Queen's Park to pay for past debt. This is money not spent on health care, education, transportation, or other public priorities. The increase in rates and the expectation for further hikes means even more tax revenues will go to paying interest instead of key government services.

Wynne: New Budget Will Be 'Identical' To One That Triggered Election

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Next month's Ontario budget will be "identical" to the one presented May 1 that was rejected by the opposition parties, triggering the June ...

Declining Your Vote Is a Waste of Time

Katie Heindl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Katie Heindl

The newest hot trend in the trying-so-hard-not-to-expend-one-iota-of-independent-self-guided-research crowd is declining your vote. In less than 24 hours all manner of articles have sprung up that read like the person writing them caught a case of spontaneous narcolepsy when forced to talk about the election. Nobody is going to argue the fact that the Ontario party leaders we've been presented with this time around come across as flat and less than engaging, but when was it ever going to be an option that Hudak's lifeless floating grin be the one I could hold accountable were something to happen to me in my own neighbourhood? Did everyone forget how our political system works?

Hudak Ignores Economics 101

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Conservative platform is off the economic track as it invokes analogies and comparisons that defy the economic fundamentals. Ontarians on June 12 have to vote on their future. They can choose to invest in Ontario's education, health, and infrastructure. Alternatively, they can choose to become the victims of false analogies.

Hudak, Horwath Attack Ontario Liberals Over Gas Plants

CBC | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics

Kathleen Wynne's main challengers spent a good part of Saturday criticizing the Ontario Liberals over the province's gas-plant uproar, hoping to capit...

Wynne: Look Past The Gas Plants

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics

NEWMARKET, Ont. - It should come as no surprise that police are actively investigating the gas plants scandal, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said Fri...

'None Of Them Are Great Debaters'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The lukewarm sparring between Ontario's major political leaders in the election debate Tuesday night failed to impress observers, who said a...

Economists Diss Liberal, NDP Platforms

CBC | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics

It hasn't been a fun couple of days for Tim Hudak. A seemingly endless stream of economists have been getting plenty of ink and airtime to take ...

Liberals Unveil Election Platform

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Politics

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne vowed to go ahead and spend $1 billion over the next decade to build a transportation route to the ...

Wynne's Government Is 'Fundamentally Dishonest,' Tim Hudak Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is branding the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne as "fundamentally dishonest."In remarks in To...

Ontario Liberals Just Don't Understand Mental Illness

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Doing the right thing to improve services for those who are mentally ill is not about party politics but rather human decency. I realized that on Thursday after a verbal confrontation on my porch with my incumbent Liberal who made the mistake of knocking at my door.

The Liberals and the NDP Are Undermining the Left

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Misha Abarbanel

Scandals happen to all governments at all levels, and I might speculate that the only reason the NDP hasn't been implicated in something deemed a scandal recently is that the last time they were elected Provincially was in 1990. They've never been elected federally. Jumping on other parties' scandals, as Ms. Horwath has, is a convenient way to avoid offering substantive policy alternatives and maintain the illusion of principled superiority. Scandal obsession dominates political discourse and freezes our governing institutions in wasteful bickering until the next scandal.

The Two Distinct Visions For Ontario's Economy

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

As Ontario inches closer to elections in June, two distinct visions emerge for the provincial economy. The Liberals propose investments in physical and social infrastructure, which will require running a deficit in the short run. The Ontario Conservatives, however, balk at the idea of deficit financing and propose stringent spending cuts.