Ontario Liberals

Ontario Won't 'Slash And Burn' To Balance Budget: Sousa

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's path back into the black won't include slashing and burning as the Liberal government believes it can eliminate its $10.9-billion ...

Kathleen Wynne Is a Champion For Women and LGBT Groups But No One Else

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Ontario Premier Wynne ascended to power by winning over the small clique of Liberal Party members who can afford leadership conference fees and travel expenses. Both Ontario women and LGBT communities rejoiced at this opportunity to have, for the first time, one their own at the seat of power. People of colour and hijab-wearing Muslim-Canadian women face acute harassment that falls outside the sort explicitly described in Wynne's plan. As a candidate, Wynne reached out to visible minorities on her way to the mountain top. Then she forgot about them.

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.

Ontario Spending More Than Half A Billion To Fight Homelessness

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario municipalities will be getting more than half a billion dollars from the province to help people and families at risk of homelessnes...

Ontario Plans To Roll Out Debit Cards For Social Assistance Payments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - People who receive welfare and disability support cheques in Ontario will be getting reloadable payment cards, similar to debit cards.The On...

Why I Stand By Premier Wynne Despite the Sudbury By-Election Allegations

Jonathan Scott | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Do I wish this scenario hadn't happened? Yes. Do I feel the Opposition is making hypocritical hay out of a situation they've done many times themselves? Yes. Does it bother me that the Premier is under fire? Yes. But I also respect her defiance, her honesty and her insistence that she tackle the issue head on, herself, clearly and in public. She's taking responsibility and sticking to her guns. I'd expect no less.

Remove Liberal From Sudbury Police Board During Probe: NDP

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's opposition parties are calling on the community safety minister to step in to remove a Liberal organizer from Sudbury's police ser...

Ontario Liberals Traded Integrity For Win: Opposition

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne is rejecting demands from the opposition parties that her deputy chief of staff step aside while police investigate a...

Ontario Liberals Violated Criminal Code With Alleged Bribe: Reports

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Media reports say police believe two Ontario Liberals broke the law by offering a job to an individual in return for having him not run as a...

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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.