Ontario’s government recently published its annual “Sunshine List”, which identifies government-sector employees earning more than $100,000 per year.
Given the strong evidence of a significant pay premium in Ontario for government employees over comparably skilled and educated private-sector counterparts, it’s no surprise the list gets plenty of attention every year.
This year, one particular category of public-sector employees is worthy of extra scrutiny — public school teachers.
This is why Kathleen Wynne and the liberal party have retained power. This is Ontario’s Public Service Union kleptocracy at work.
Ontario announced a slew of measures including a tax on foreign buyers and expanded rent control as part of a plan to temper escalating home prices in Toronto.
The 15 per cent levy will apply to non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian corporations buying residential properties containing one to six units in the greater Toronto area, the provincial government said in a statement Thursday. Rent control will be imposed on buildings constructed after 1991 — effective April 20 — which limits annual increases.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet ministers excel at alternative facts and fake news.
The latest example was Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s speech Thursday to The Empire Club, part of which boasted about how the Liberals saved Ontario’s electricity system by doing the heavy lifting needed to improve it.
As a result, Sousa said, Ontario’s electricity grid is now “the envy of North America” because the Liberals restored “integrity and reliability” to it, unlike neighbouring Canadian provinces and the rust belt states.
The number of Ontario teachers earning more than $100,000 a year has nearly tripled under Premier Kathleen Wynne, according to a National Post analysis, and that’s before new contracts guaranteeing a four per cent raise kick in.
Wynne, Horwath, Brown, this won’t change, the unions will put in power whomever they believe publicly acceptable and malleable to their ends.
How did the Ontario power sector, once a boon to the provincial economy, become a burden? Over the last dozen years and more, the tried-and-true regulatory system that protected Ontario’s electricity consumers and the financial viability of the power sector as a whole have been systematically sidelined by politicians at Queen’s Park. Short-term political expediency has replaced the long-term planning needed for economic viability.
It’s impossible to know precisely how much Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade scheme contributed to Wednesday’s expected six-cent per litre spike in the cost of gasoline.
What we know is that her carbon pricing plan, introduced Jan. 1, will contribute on an ongoing basis to price hikes in the cost of gasoline, which was expected to jump from an average of 115.9 cents per litre on Tuesday to 121.9 cents per litre on Wednesday in Toronto.
It’s been awhile since Liberal Minister Maryam Monsef said anything stupid. Monsef is the 30 year old millennial who never had a real job before getting elected then appointed to cabinet based on her gender, not ability or experience.
Her outreach comes as New York state legislators continue a protracted debate over their state budget and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s related New York Buy American Act, which would require all state entities to buy from American companies for all procurements greater than US$100,000.
What does Climate Change Minister Glen Murray’s announcement Monday that Ontario sold out its first cap-and-trade auction of carbon credits mean to you?
It means Ontario businesses have just paid a new charge of $472 million to the Wynne government in a government-run quarterly auction of carbon permits to industry, through which the government hopes to raise $1.9 billion annually in new revenue.
That $1.9 billion annually will be paid for by all Ontarians, in the form of higher retail prices for most goods and services.
Simply put, Premier Kathleen Wynne has imposed a new $1.9 billion annual tax on all Ontarians.
Weird things are happening in Ontario. The premier of the province, a woman generally agreed to be well educated, confident, thoroughly in tune with the times, is virtually keelhauled in recent polling where she resides at an appalling 11 per cent. She is only slightly more popular than traffic tickets and overcooked broccoli (and even those are within the margin of error).
What gives, is the question whispered on every street corner and in every coffee shop. How can Kathleen Wynne have fallen so far when her competition is that other fella, whassiname, that the Progressive Conservatives recently front loaded into their leadership. His charisma floats in the same shallows and he has the inspirational force of kelp. Yet he is miles ahead of the impeccably progressive Wynne. It is not natural. The order of things is awry.
A majority of Ontarians find their hydro bills “very unreasonable” and fear selling off Hydro One will only force electricity prices higher, a new Angus Reid Institute poll found.
That concern helps explain why the same poll pegged Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating at a rather shockingly low 12%.
Seriously it just does not matter, Ontario is a kleptocracy, the public service predator class and their rent-seeker allies will simply find another stooge should they decide to ditch the worst lesbian premier ever and frankly I doubt they will abandon her.
The morning after a tense meeting at the Peel school board — where a spectator tore up a Quran and others yelled Islamophobic comments — the province has issued a statement in support of the board providing space for Muslim students’ Friday prayers.
Education Minister Mitzie Hunter and Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, said “we know that the Peel District School Board has been working closely with their students and the community for more than a decade on religious accommodation in their schools and we are pleased to see their commitment to inclusion.
“… Realizing the promise of Ontario’s diversity is a continuous process grounded in actively respecting and valuing the full range of our differences.”
This vote whoring government has to go but that isn’t likely given they are puppets of the public service unions. Our idiot politicians have learned nothing from Europe’s experience, enjoy the decline.