Ontario Politics

Why We Need To Speak Up For Safer Care in Hospitals

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Finlay

Nobody takes on a hospital or embarks on a campaign for safer care without good reason. There are a whole range of institutions and resources that are stacked against you, from big law firms to hospital patient relations departments which are there mainly to do management's bidding. Don't even think about trying to get anywhere with a hospital's board of directors. There seems to be some unwritten rule in Canada that no matter how urgent or justified the matter, a hospital board will never respond to the pleas of a family seeking answers.

Premier Wynne, You Are Freezing the Wrong Wages

Candice Malcolm | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

The real problem for taxpayers in Ontario is covering the tab for compensation packages of over 1.35 million provincial government workers in Ontario, and the vast benefits that exist in the Ontario Public Service. Employee compensation accounts for half of the provincial budget, without including most pension costs.

Ontario Liberals Under Fire For Doling Taxpayer Dollars To Drake

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Music

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals must stop doling out taxpayer dollars to giant corporations and celebrities like Drake while cutting funding to...

Ontario's Healthy Menu Program is a Disaster for School Cafeterias

Candice Malcolm | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

Is it really that surprising that students prefer inexpensive fast-food meals like a burger and fries, instead of overpriced and smaller portioned salads from government-approved cafeteria menus? Like Homer Simpson taught his daughter Lisa, "You don't win friends with salad!" And the government's healthy menus program is certainly not winning any friends in Ontario's high schools.

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

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On February 11, Kathleen Wynne held a Reddit "Ask me Anything" session. It was the Ontario premier's attempt to connect to the younger generation and respond to their concerns,but she failed miserably. Wynne's session lasted less than an hour and she only responded to 10 questions, all of which sounded like pre-drafted, generic answers. That left 1505 comments without responses. To attempt to make up for her disappointment, Wynne promised she would answer one additional question per day for the rest of the week. But the damage had already been done.

NDP Would Drive Ontario 'Into The Ditch': Hudak

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Progressive Conservatives are signalling they are as concerned about defeating the New Democrats in two byelections next month as ...

Fix EI to Help Canadians Retire Richer

Candice Malcolm | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Candice Malcolm

Worried about retirement savings? Premier Wynne is certainly worried for you. She doesn't think that families in Ontario are saving enough for their retirement. Considering how much we are nickel-and-dimed in this country, maybe she's right. The further the government reaches into our pockets, the less we have to put away for the future.

Ontario Needs a Real Economic Plan for 2014

John Laforet | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
John Laforet

Ontario's economy is ailing and it will take more than massive subsidies to already profitable businesses to rebuild. Small business owners in Ontario don't need to wait for Stats Canada's economic indicator reports to know what is happening in the economy, we feel it every day.

Ontario Headed Toward Another Minority Government

Toronto Star | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Politics

Ontario appears headed toward another minority government with an election expected as early as this spring, a new poll suggests. The final provinc...

Looking Back At Wynne's Big Win

CBC | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Politics

It was a leadership race Kathleen Wynne was not supposed to win. Held in late January, the convention to pick a new Ontario Liberal leader and premi...

Ontario NDP Wants $418,000 Salary Cap For Public Sector CEOs

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The salaries of CEO's at Ontario hospitals, electrical utilities and other public sector agencies are "out of control" and should be capped ...

Pay Up: Tories

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government "learned nothing" from the $1.1-billion cost of killing two gas plants and is ready to refurbish nuclear reacto...

He Won't Back Down

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is sticking to his guns on a controversial proposal to end mandatory union membership, even though...

Tough Sell

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics

HAMILTON - Ontario's minority Liberal government is ready to campaign on new tolls or fees to fund public transit, even though the opposition parties ...

How Politicians Are Using Quebec's Charter to Their Advantage

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Political grandstanding on the back of Quebec is a cutesy tactic to pledge allegiance to the local ethnic vote and to cozy up to countless other countrymen. But the side-effect of far-sightedness is a string of empty words.

Voters Have Just As Much To Answer For As Tim Hudak

J.J. McCullough | Posted 10.05.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgTim Hudak's supposedly surprising inability to spin the straw of incumbent unpopularity into electoral gold in Ontario is hardly an unusual story in Canadian politics these days. Practically every single government in this country is massively despised, but rarely is anything done about it.

Last Man Standing: Hudak Failed, But Could Still Prevail

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Doug Holyday brings terrific municipal and government/finance expertise to the Ontario Tories, and a great GTA profile. Christine Elliott is a very strong deputy leader and an excellent health care critic. Hudak may have lost a battle or two. But the political war is just heating up. And I still believe he'll be the last man standing.

The Real Loser

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics

It was a bad night for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberals, but it could have been much worse: it could have been a good night for Tim Hudak. ...

What You Need To Know About The Ontario Byelections

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada Politics

Five Ontario ridings will be heading to the polls on Thursday, in an early test for Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government. Oh what's that? Yo...

Ontario Legislature Should Use Speaker's Warrant to Learn What Really Happened

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Recently leaked emails between Dalton McGuinty's former advisers reveal that they attempted to convince the Speaker to change his mind on an important...

More Headaches For Ontario Liberals

CBC | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Politics

Leaked emails related to a pair of cancelled gas plants in the Greater Toronto Area are causing more problems for the Ontario Liberals. The latest l...

Forget 'American Idol': This Is the Best Show on TV

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada TV
Samuel Getachew

Neither American Idol nor any of the crazy reality shows would ever measure up to this great public program that I have come to respect and appreciate. By watching great programming like The Agenda, my interest in Canadian history and politics has become more entrenched.

Setting the Record Straight on Adam Giambrone

Zach Paikin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

A somewhat-scathing recent blog post surrounding the selection of Adam Giambrone to be the NDP candidate in the upcoming by-election in Scarborough-Guildwood has garnered some attention on social media. Perhaps a counterpoint is in order.

Premier Wynne to Toronto: "Drop Dead!"

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Wynne's true face is one of a hard, calculating, insensitive and arrogant political leader, who may be the least trustworthy political leader in Canada today.

How Ontario Wound Up With A Bait-and-Switch Budget

Mike Schreiner | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Instead of doubling the exemption level to $800,000, as the Green Party advocates, the Liberal NDP budget raises it by a paltry $50,000. The budget essentially gives businesses a break on hiring one new employee. So much for bold action.