Category Archives: Ontario – Your Future Is Elsewhere

Wynne Liberals broke every rule in the book

Normally, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s complete evisceration of how Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to pay for her “Fair Hydro Plan” would be an election game changer.

That is, the final nail in the coffin of the Wynne government’s financial credibility, leading to its defeat at the polls in June.

Lysyk’s findings, released Tuesday, are devastating for the Liberals.

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Ontario jobs’ spike mostly government hires

Governments are crowing about how many jobs Ontario created last month.

And so they should, since they hired almost half of them.

Statistics Canada released its Labour Force Survey Friday, making special note that Ontario’s employment rose by 35,000 jobs overall in September — the fourth gain in five months.

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Digging down Ontario’s cap and trade plan

With Premier Kathleen Wynne announcing yet again on Friday that Ontario will join the California/Quebec cap and trade carbon pricing market Jan. 1 — today, let’s consider some important questions.

For example, will it work? Will it effectively lower Ontario’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, given that we’re paying for it?

The government says cap and trade will cost the average Ontario household $156 this year alone

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Wynne government still approving wind projects

The war of residents against industrial wind turbines is being fought by rural communities in many countries.

Their common enemy is the financially-powerful wind industry, which is failing miserably in its efforts to deliver affordable and reliable electricity. It survives because its revenues are government-contracted.

In Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government won’t let local residents win this war.

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Wynne’s cannabis retail plan a buzzkill

While politicos were feverishly high with Premier Kathleen Wynne testifying in a Sudbury courtroom last week at the trial of her Liberal Party lieutenants facing election law bribery charges, Ontarians were left scratching their heads after her government’s cannabis retailing scheme was announced.

For all the talk of wanting to take illicit cannabis off of our streets, away from organized crime, and out of the hands of Ontario’s minors, Wynne decreeing the half-baked debate done is likely setting the stage for her government’s next billion-dollar boondoggle and accomplishing none of the above.

Well connected Liberal Party members will make a killing, that is guaranteed.

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Why I’m placing my bets on a Kathleen Wynne victory

If we had the sort of elaborate betting infrastructure the punters in England and Las Vegas enjoy, I’d put a few hundred on Kathleen Wynne emerging victorious in the next Ontario election. Yes, I’m serious, because what an immense pay-out you’d get from such a contrarian bet.

Sure, it goes against conventional wisdom. After all, she hit 12% in the polls recently. They say Donald Trump is against the ropes, yet he clocks in at three times Wynne’s numbers!

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Concern that wind turbines are polluting ground water

Industrial strength wind turbines are making a lot of people worried.

Installing those turbines means pile-driving massive steel beams into the bedrock.

The problem is that the bedrock is made of Kettle Point black shale and is known to contain uranium and arsenic. Vibration from the pile-driving breaks up this toxic shale below the groundwater and contaminates it. Area residents can’t drink, bathe, or wash their clothes because of this. Water wells are being poisoned as the government continues to allow the pile driving.

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Hiking minimum wage could cost 50,000 jobs: watchdog

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour could cost 50,000 jobs, warns Ontario’s independent fiscal watchdog.

The Financial Accountability Office on Tuesday released a six-page assessment of the Liberal government’s forthcoming hike to the $11.40-an-hour wage, which will jump to $14 in January and $15 in 2019.

“On net, the FAO estimates that Ontario’s proposed minimum wage increase will result in a loss of approximately 50,000 jobs (0.7 per cent of total employment), with job losses concentrated among teens and young adults,” the office said.

“The higher minimum wage will increase payroll costs for Ontario businesses, leading to some job losses for lower income workers,” it continued, echoing the concerns of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.

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Ex-McGuinty aides plead not guilty in deleted gas plants emails case

TORONTO – Two top political aides to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty pleaded not guilty Monday to charges over the destruction of internal emails about the Liberal government’s costly cancellation of two gas plants.

Foreshadowing what is expected to be a bitterly fought case, the long-awaited trial of David Livingston and his deputy Laura Miller finally began with an attack on the prosecution over the information it had provided the defence.

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Chumming the waters of failed Liberal ethics

There’s the smell of blood in the Liberal waters.

One can only hope the media sharks go on the same feeding and tweet frenzy with the Wynne Liberals when all the courtroom doors finally swing open this week as they did with the Harperites when the ol’ Duff was tossed overboard like chum bait.

If any government in recent memory needs to be filleted and fried, it’s the Dalton McGuinty-Kathleen Wynne Liberals.

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No energy for electric cars from government staffers

Not only is the Ontario government failing to convince regular folks to purchase an electric vehicle, it can’t even get its own staff to buy in.

According to figures obtained by the Toronto Sun through a Freedom of Information request, a mere 4.16% of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) passenger vehicle fleet is electric, mostly hybrids.

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Green fleet targets shrouded in hypocrisy

The Toronto Sun’s Freedom of Information request revealing, essentially, that Ontario’s Liberal government doesn’t have a hope in hell of hitting its own target for electric vehicle purchases — let alone getting the public to buy them — demonstrates two things.

Both are common features of the “green” agenda of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty.

The first is hypocrisy. The government is asking the public to do something it is not prepared to do itself.

The second is stupidity.

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