Not that it would work in the Kleptocracy of Ontario.
Hydro rate cut will cost Ontario at least $45 billion
TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25% comes with an electrifying price tag for the government – anywhere between $63 billion to $93 billion if financed with borrowed money, a review by the province’s Financial Accountability Office concludes.
In the best-case scenario, which requires the Ontario government to balance its budget every year for the next three decades, the plan costs $45 billion.
Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are slamming the Liberal government after media reports revealed the cost for the now infamous gas plant scandal has jumped by over $1.5 billion. That’s in addition to the $1.2 billion previously revealed by the auditor general, the Tories say.
CTV News revealed Thursday that Ontario ratepayers will now have to start shelling out on their hydro bills for the two relocated gas plants behind the infamous scandal.
The pricetag to build the Sarnia gas plant sits at $360 million and the Napanee plant at $1.2 billion, CTV says.
Just one in 10 Ontarians say they trust Premier Kathleen Wynne.
According to a new Forum Research survey the premier remains deeply unpopular with Ontario voters.
Asked who they find most trustworthy of the three main party leaders, respondents rank Wynne dead last with 11% saying they trust her. NDP leader Andrea Horwath is ranked as the most trustworthy with 29% support. Patrick Brown is viewed as trustworthy by 25% of respondents.
If you believe Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s claim that through her sound fiscal management she has balanced the province’s books and can now spend more on public services, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.
Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown rightly called Wynne’s budget a “Hail Mary pass” Thursday, cooked up by a Liberal government desperately trying to clean up the financial mess it’s made of the province’s books for the past 14 years, in time for next year’s election.
Brown said despite Wynne’s claim of a balanced budget – the first since 2008 – the Liberals are actually hiding a $5 billion operating deficit.
I’ve been studying Ontario’s new Fair Housing Plan for several days now in an effort to discern the logic of the 16-point program that aims to bring housing costs under control. The idea itself seems both attractive yet fanciful: I’m not sure any government anywhere has ever been able to “control” prices or make housing “fair.” Cities that have existed centuries longer than Toronto haven’t found the magic formula (or, if they have, they haven’t shared it with Canada’s largest cities). London has existed since before the Roman conquest, and just try to find an affordable home for yourself there — you’d be lucky to bag a room in a multi-bedroom flat, sharing with strangers at exorbitant cost.
First it was the federal Green Party under Elizabeth May. Now it’s Ontario’s Dippers.
The Ontario NDP under leader Andrea Horwath have included in their literature for this weekend’s conference in Toronto a resolution supporting the hateful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
The motion, ironically numbered 9-11 and obtained by the Toronto Sun, is hidden in plain sight on page 83 under Justice and Human Rights.
If the public service unions decide that supporting Wynne brings too much heat on the kleptocracy this move by the NDP may sway them to make Horwath their designated puppet rather than Patsy Brown.
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.