Category Archives: Ontario

New poll puts Ontario PCs in ‘super-majority’ territory, NDP as opposition

The Ontario PCs would win a strong majority if a provincial election was held today, and the NDP would form the Official Opposition, a new poll suggests.

Forum Research found that 46 per cent of decided or leaning voters said on April 18 that they would support the Ontario PCs if a vote were held today, compared to 27 per cent for the NDP and 21 per cent for the Liberals.

The PCs strength has been trending in their polls for several years. But the NDP have now come second in six of the firm’s last 11 polls, dating back to June 12-14, 2017.

No counting Chickens.

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Kevin Libin: Alberta’s now copying Ontario’s disastrous electricity policies. What could go wrong?

Not every province gets the chance to live through the kind of white-knuckle excitement in its electricity sector that Ontario has enjoyed over the last decade: soaring power bills, fleeing industries and endless boondoggles in provincial contracts for solar and wind energy. The dramatic climax arrived last week as David Livingston, the one-time chief of staff to Dalton McGuinty, the premier who imposed on Ontario the entire electricity fiasco, was sentenced to prison over a scheme to destroy evidence of the Liberal government’s political mischief in the power market.

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NDP platform promises licensed child care, ‘sanctuary province,’ hydro cuts

The minimum wage would hit $15 and then be tied to inflation, and an NDP government would require employers to offer full-time employees a minimum of three weeks paid vacation, up from the currently mandated two weeks. Hydro bills would be cut by 30% through measures such as an end to mandatory time of use, free electricity delivery for First Nations communities and ending the differential between rural and urban delivery rates while buying back Hydro One using its dividends to the Ontario government.

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Why Doug Ford’s populist politics are resonating with Ontarians

Abby Ayoola is a longtime Ford fan, first-time Ford voter.

The 32-year-old Mississauga resident is a regular at Ford Fest, the annual backyard barbecue hosted by rookie Progressive Conservative leader and former Toronto councillor Doug Ford and his brother, late mayor Rob Ford, at their mother Diane’s Etobicoke home. On June 7, Ayoola plans to cast a ballot for a party she’s never voted for before, now that there’s a Ford in charge.

“The way they care about the little people, the way they help them, that’s what matters,” said Ayoola, who moved to Canada from Nigeria in 1998. As a mother with six kids between 16 months and 11 years old, it can be “tough” to make ends meet, she said.

An old sock should be able to beat Wynne.

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Doug Ford unveils campaign slogan and bus

PC leader Doug Ford chose one of the messiest days on the roads this year to unveil his new campaign bus — and the slogan he will rely on in the upcoming election.

While the ice storm prompted police and civic officials to urged people to stay off the roads, Ford offered a peek of his election bus, which is emblazoned with his campaign slogan, “For The People,” in downtown Toronto at the Coach Bus Terminal.

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42 per cent of Ontarians say budget makes them less likely to vote Liberal: Ipsos poll

A pre-election budget loaded with new spending has failed to bolster support for the Ontario Liberals, despite a positive response to several of its initiatives, an Ipsos poll commissioned by Global News suggests.

The poll, conducted last week, found that just 11 per cent feel the fiscal plan made them want to vote for the governing Liberal party in the upcoming June election.

Two other interesting numbers, 41% say they don’t know enough about the budget to comment one way or another and Liberal support has declined 5% since the budget.

That 41% scares me.

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Doug Ford so far resists pressure to remove Tanya Granic Allen from Mississauga nomination fight

The PC leader, who enjoyed support from Granic Allen’s supporters during the leadership race, distanced himself from her but stopped short of taking further action.

PC Leader Doug Ford is resisting pressure to bar former leadership contender Tanya Granic Allen from seeking the party’s nomination in Mississauga Centre over controversial social media posts about Muslims and gays.

The comments, first revealed in the Star, compared women in burkas to “bank robbers” and “ninjas” and questioned gay marriage, now legal in Ontario.

Granic-Allen’s opinions are held by the the majority. Let’s see whose tune Doug marches to now, he should never have bowed to the Star to begin with.

h/t DMB

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So long Dougie… Ford distances himself from former leadership rival Tanya Granic Allen over tweets on Muslims, gays

Doug Ford is distancing himself from former Progressive Conservative leadership rival and would-be MPP Tanya Granic Allen, under fire for her social media posts comparing women in burkas to “bank robbers” and questioning gay marriage.

“These comments do not reflect the position of Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford or the party,” the leader’s office said Monday in a statement to the Star.

He’s a Red Tory puppet now, my support for Ford has ended.

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Doug Ford interrupted at Somali event over support for controversial police unit

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford was booed and interrupted this weekend when he told members of Toronto’s Somali community that he supports resurrecting a controversial police unit disbanded in 2017.

The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, known as TAVIS, was set up in 2006 to curb violence in high crime areas determined by police. Its formation came in the wake of the summer of 2005, the so-called ‘summer of the gun’ in the city.

TAVIS was disbanded in January 2017, according to police, two years after the province cut the unit’s annual funding nearly in half.

This is what you get for playing identity politics Doug. It’s a dirty slimy political game that will cost you on election day.

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Henderson: Liberals are mortgaging Ontario’s future

It’s hard to grasp the level of contempt Premier Kathleen Wynne and her downtown Toronto-centric Liberal inner circle, desperate to hold onto their cushy positions after the June 7 election, must hold for this province’s taxpayers.

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