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.
Miffed and Peeved.
TORONTO – Ontario’s Conservative Party has become embroiled in a spat over whether its party leader should veto grass-roots policy.
Jim Karahalios, a Cambridge PC party activist, along with Kara Johnson, a PC party member from Ottawa, have accused their executive of violating the party’s constitution.
“The leader has no such power,” Karahalios said in a letter sent to the Ontario PC Party executive on Tuesday. “We are stupefied that the executive believes it can adopt such an anti-democratic rule, let alone purport to do so.
I will not be voting for this liar.
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.
The lights went out Monday at a downtown Sobeys grocery store.
There was the dying whirr of equipment winding down — then quiet. In the suddenly dark aisles, everyone stood still for a moment, waiting to see what would happen next.
At the checkout, a woman said out loud: “Kathleen Wynne.”
The subsequent laughter would have sent a chill down the premier’s spine.
And it should.
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
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.
What we have learned thus far from the bribery trial going on in Sudbury is that the Wynne Liberals are so cold and calculated that they had no qualms throwing a quadriplegic under the bus.
This takes some brass.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Seldom has a government been so out of touch with voters than the Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government approach to selling pot.
Remember, we are talking here not about the de-criminalization of the consumption of pot but the federal government making it full-out legal, or recreational, as you will, as of July 1, 2018.
As it will unfold.
Step 1. Set up government pot stores, close down private stores.
Step 2. In response to public rejection “privatize” government pot stores.
Step 3. Sell government pot stores to Liberal party members for a nickel bag.
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.
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.