Ontario Seeking Public Input on Plan to Help People Get Ahead in Changing Economy
Premier Kathleen Wynne is inviting people to a town hall meeting to share their ideas about the government’s plan to create a fairer, better Ontario for all.The Premier’s Town Hall will take place at the Concert Hall at 888 Yonge St., formerly the Masonic Temple, in Toronto today, Monday, November 20 and will be moderated by Jane Taber, Vice-President of Public Affairs for NATIONAL Public Relations and former political reporter for The Globe and Mail. The Town Hall is free admission and open to anyone who wants to share their ideas on education, health care, job security, housing and other issues that matter most to them, their families and people across the province.
General admission seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Concert Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the Premier’s Town Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In public relations and media, it’s common knowledge that when you have an item you’re obliged to publicize but want to give as little attention as possible, you dump the news release on a Friday afternoon. That way the press, already getting ready for the weekend, will give it short shrift, if they notice it at all.
It was last Friday afternoon at 3:30, just as Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development staff were packing up and leaving for the long Remembrance Day weekend that a press release from Minister Deb Matthews announced that she was requiring funds be set up with savings from the ongoing Ontario College staff strike.
Ensaf Haider arrived in Quebec in 2013 escaping the Arab world and its tyranny hoping to find freedom in Canada. Her Saudi husband, Raif Badawi, is still serving a 10-year jail sentence and awaiting 1,000 lashes on charges of Islamophobia.
Reacting to Premier Wynne’s denunciation of the anti-Burka law of Quebec, Haider said:
“I am shocked that Ontario’s premier and women from Ontario’s NDP and (Progressive) Conservative Party attacked the new Quebec law banning face-covering, particularly the burka that was passed near unanimously by the Quebec National Assembly.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne is downplaying the impact two senior cabinet ministers deciding not to run again will have on her chances in the 2018 election.
Wynne was reacting today to a Friday announcement that neither deputy premier Deb Matthews or Treasury Board President Liz Sandals will seek re-election.
Wynne thanked both women for their commitment to public service, adding that people sacrifice a lot to enter politics.
Like their poverty and conscience.
Yet another political poll finds Kathleen Wynne won’t be winning a popularity contest in Toronto any time soon.
And she and the Liberals certainly won’t be winning any elections, according to a Newstalk 1010 poll by DART Insight and Communications.
We’ve never said Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals will lose the provincial election in June. We’ve said they should lose.
Two stories in Monday’s Sun illustrate why.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne contradicted the leader of one of Quebec’s opposition parties Friday, saying he misunderstood their private conversation and shouldn’t have publicly revealed its contents on the internet.
The Liberal premier seems to think that, when the Trudeau Liberals finally legislate the recreational use of pot, she will be laying down the law and playing the heavy hand when it comes to impaired driving charges and the resultant penalties upon conviction.
This is odd.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is the queen of fairness. Pretty much every pre-election promise she makes is cast as delivering fairness. So far, she has promised fairness for young people, tenants, low-wage workers and people who use electricity.
Yes, after weed is legalized on July 1 — or given Justin Trudeau’s penchant for broken promises, perhaps that should read if weed is legalized — Wynne will bravely mutate into a cross between Metrolinx and El Chapo and aim to control the local supply of cannabis through Beer Store-style outlets where the “product” is hidden from view, circa 1962, and the surreal experience is decidedly at odds with the presumed preferences of marijuana enthusiasts who’ve been known to do some impulse buying outside of traditional retail hours, and who likely won’t be thrilled when their new dealer is closed for a holiday or is suddenly on strike.
Annual funding to Ontario Arts Council will go up over four years, Wynne announced just in time for next year’s election.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday she is working on ideas to support Ontario businesses through major labour reforms, suggesting she is looking more at offsetting unrelated costs than pulling back the labour changes themselves.
Ontario greenhouses won’t get a break from Wynne’s cap and trade program, since the Liberal government doesn’t recognize that greenhouses absorb carbon dioxide.
Not only is Kathleen Wynne unpopular in the province she governs but she has the lowest approval ratings of any premier in Canada. In a poll late last month, while 70 percent of Ontarians disapprove of her performance, almost half of all Canadians (48 percent) disapprove of her job performance.
Back in March, an Angus Reid poll gave her a record low; only 12 percent of Ontarians polled approved of Wynne’s performance. As the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty might have put it, she reached Elvis territory; the percentage of people who like the job she is doing is about the same as those who think the singer is still alive.