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Daniel Dickin

Community activist, author, conservative

<strong>Daniel Dickin</strong> is a columnist for <em>The Prince Arthur Herald</em>. He obtained his B.A. in law and political science from Carleton University in 2011 and his M.A. in public administration from Athabasca University in 2014. He is the author of <em>Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record</em> and resides in Ottawa, Ontario. www.danieldickin.ca
Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is already taking measurements for new drapes in the Prime Minister's Office, but he might have a more pressing matter to deal with: whether he should even be allowed to contest this fall's election.
07/20/2015 05:16 EDT
Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau.
07/14/2015 12:39 EDT
The Conservatives Balance Budgets and Keep

The Conservatives Balance Budgets and Keep Promises

Last week Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled <em>Economic Action Plan 2015: Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Security</em>. This budget is only the latest in a long string of Conservative promises that have been made and kept, a proud record that will be easy to defend with an election only months away.
04/26/2015 10:54 EDT
Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.
04/20/2015 12:32 EDT
NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's

NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's Shortcomings

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's political slogan has been "building the team and the plan." So far, his "team" will be forced to be pro-choice and pro-marijuana, and his "plan" is legalizing marijuana, being against fighting terrorism, and placing a price on carbon. The Liberals' position of vacuous nothingness should be garnering far more attention than it has been -- the Press Gallery has only started to actually seriously question Trudeau -- but Trudeau has been ably abetted by a series of New Democrats' missteps.
04/12/2015 10:22 EDT
Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under

Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau

The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him. Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision? Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.
12/12/2014 12:59 EST
It's a Depressing Time for Ontario

It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.
10/20/2014 12:59 EDT
No Matter Who Won the Ontario Debate, Wynne

No Matter Who Won the Ontario Debate, Wynne Lost

The Progressive Conservatives' Tim Hudak and the New Democrats' Andrea Horwath emerged as the clear winners in Tuesday's leaders' debate, as Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne spent 90 minutes attempting to correct her party's record of debt, deficits, and corruption.
06/06/2014 12:30 EDT
The Liberal Government Has Left a Terrible, Inexcusable Legacy For

The Liberal Government Has Left a Terrible, Inexcusable Legacy For Ontario

Kathleen Wynne's plan promises "only" two more years of deficit spending, with "only" $9 billion in deficit spending for 2015-2016. Then, somehow, two years later, the budget would be balanced, program spending would be the same, and interest payments would be $3 billion higher. Where that money will come from has yet to be explained. A Liberal government under Wynne would introduce yet another tax: this one a payroll tax that would cost each person up to $3420 per year.
05/31/2014 02:57 EDT
Only Hudak Has a Plan For Ontario So

Only Hudak Has a Plan For Ontario So Far

Hudak's platform is bold and necessary. There is no question that Ontario will have to face the issues that have been repeatedly raised by experts, economists, teachers, and politicians from across the province, country, and world.
05/19/2014 07:34 EDT
What Were the Liberals Thinking With This

What Were the Liberals Thinking With This Budget?

It's hard to imagine how the Ontario Liberals thought they could create a budget to the left of the NDP and think the NDP would support it. Then again, the 21st century Ontario Liberals have never been good at working with other parties. Dalton McGuinty was used to getting his way -- in his days, he only had to answer to his Liberal Party and union buddies. Within a year of being elected with a minority government -- where he, appallingly, had to work with the PCs and NDP -- he resigned and fled to Harvard University. Kathleen Wynne has not been any better.
05/12/2014 05:27 EDT
The Truth About the 2011 Federal

The Truth About the 2011 Federal Election

It was not until the media began covering the story that the number of robocalls complaints exploded. A whopping 3597 articles were written in 2012 about the "robocalls" affair, leading to Elections Canada receiving over 40,000 "complaints." But those "complaints" didn't come from electors reporting that they had received a call.
05/01/2014 06:08 EDT
The NDP Is Filibustering

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

At some point, the NDP has to learn that their filibustering tactics only result in further efforts to limit debate through closure and time allocation measures. The NDP aren't defending democracy by filibustering -- they're filibustering democracy.
03/04/2014 12:12 EST
Why Wynne Lost Big at the Reddit

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

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.
02/14/2014 12:38 EST
Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a

Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a Medal

Economic Action Plan 2014 is what Canada needs. It continues to support jobs and growth; supports families and communities; and highlights the road to a balanced budget in 2015 without cutting transfers to individuals or the provinces.
02/13/2014 04:46 EST
Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
02/06/2014 05:59 EST
A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's

A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

Trudeau has been completely unable to define the Liberal Party or Trudeau brand under his leadership. On second thought, in Trudeau's first eight months as Liberal leader, he has said a lot. He just hasn't said the right things to make him worthy of leading this country.
12/19/2013 12:21 EST
House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season

House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season 2

Netflix's <em>House of Cards</em> was nominated for four Golden Globes just hours before they launched their Season 2 trailer. Unfortunately, Season 2 will be the final season for <em>House of Cards</em>, citing the actors' and producers' preferences to do movies over a television series. Here are 11 questions to be answered in <em>House of Cards</em> Season two.
12/19/2013 07:44 EST
It's Time for Canada Post to Become a Private

It's Time for Canada Post to Become a Private Business

On Wednesday, Canada Post confirmed what most of us already know: that door-to-door mail delivery is outdated, expensive, and unsustainable. In fact, I believe the federal government should have used the June 2011 strike to privatize the Crown Corporation, completely severing it from the federal government's books.
12/17/2013 12:21 EST