TORONTO — Communities across Ontario cannot opt out of hosting a government-run pot shop if they are selected for a site, the provincial government said Friday after at least one town expressed resistance to having a cannabis retail location.
PCs still lag behind Liberals despite launch of new platform
Asked if the Tories got a bump in the tracking poll from their platform launch, Campaign Research CEO Eli Yufest said: “No, not at all.”
“It’s kind of surprising because they were able to captivate a large audience,” he said Friday.
Indeed, using techniques pollsters employ to determine brand awareness for corporate clients, the firm showed the online panel a photograph of the cover of the “People’s Guarantee” featuring a beaming Brown.
His name, the party logo and the key promises from the platform were removed in order to gauge awareness.
An impressive 29 per cent of respondents said they had seen the image, and 52 per cent identified Brown.
“That’s good penetration — a really good, strong breakthrough,” Yufest said.
“But what they achieved in terms of breakthrough and recall, they fell really short on doing anything meaningful to draw people to their camp, obviously,” he said.
The Kathleen Wynne Liberals are heading toward a third-place finish in the next provincial election despite popular moves like a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a new Forum poll shows.
This does nothing to convince me Patrick Brown can win.
Starting 14 years ago, environmental activists like Gerald Butts, along with then premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government, began planning the misguided path that led to Ontario’s renewable energy downfall.
They became the architects of Ontario’s current and future power malaise.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s 78-page campaign manifesto reminds me of the old line: if you can’t beat them, you may as well join them.
Brown’s recently-released People’s Guarantee makes 147 promises. But despite vowing to bring change for Ontario voters in 2018, the only obvious change is that he would spend even more than the current Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne.
For the many Ontarians unhappy with Wynne’s spending, that’s hardly positive change.
Over the weekend, Patrick Brown, leader of the PC Party of Ontario, came up with a promise for everybody.
There were 147 promises, to be exact.
You get a promise and you get a promise and you get a promise.
For an alternative view see… BONOKOSKI: Brown pitches the antidote to the Liberals’ Kool-Aid
I am tired of being to hold my nose and vote for a compromise candidate, and Brown frankly doesn’t even qualify as such, he is the bastard offspring of Wynne and McGuinty.
Skyrocketing hydro rates are forcing many Ontario manufacturers to close, lay off employees or move south of the border.
Hydro rates have increased so dramatically under Ontario’s Liberal government, that the province’s once-cheap electricity prices are now the highest in the country. As a consequence, officials from American states are wooing Ontario businesses.
This is the most heartening part of the manifesto… Brown said if he cannot implement his five main promises he will not seek a second term as premier.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to sell control of Hydro One to the private sector is turning into a political albatross around her neck.
While it gave her a temporary infusion of cash to balance the provincial budget this year and fund some infrastructure projects, it’s undermining Wynne’s political brand with voters heading into the June election.
The latest controversy, first reported by the Toronto Sun last week, is a proposal from Hydro One before the Ontario Energy Board asking for permission to install pre-payment meters in the homes of people in arrears on their electricity bills.
The prosecutor said to suggest the accused took ‘extraordinary steps’ merely to make sure no one’s baby photos remained on a computer defies common sense
Ontario lost between $732 million and $1.25 billion over the past two years selling surplus clean electricity outside the province, an analysis by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) estimates.
That’s the difference between what Ontario agreed to pay to produce nuclear, water, wind and solar power, and the bargain basement price it sold it for on the international market.
Convicted child pornographer Ben Levin, the former bigwig in Ontario’s ministry of education, is on parole — but he is busy online, trolling academic studies on porn and leaving comments that suggest the disgraced educator still doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Or that he hurt anyone.
If he remains so clueless, why isn’t this registered sex offender still behind bars?
The criminal trial of two top aides of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty will continue, after a judge in Toronto ruled Thursday the Crown has presented enough evidence of wrongdoing that the defence must respond.
However, a judge downgraded one of the charges against David Livingston, who was McGuinty’s chief of staff during his final months in power, and his deputy, Laura Miller.
Lawyers for the pair had asked Justice Timothy Lipson to dismiss all charges. They were seeking a directed verdict of acquittal, arguing no evidence of a crime had been presented in court during three weeks of testimony by Crown witnesses.
The lawyers argue that prosecutors haven’t met the minimal threshold of “some evidence,” have failed to muster the slimmest of cases and that the charges should be dismissed
I bet they skate.
There is a double-edged sword when it comes to third-party attack ads during election campaigns in Ontario.
Partisan politicos love them when their arch rivals are being cut to shreds, but equally hate them when their own party is being sliced and diced.
And it is not exactly small change being thrown around.