Liberals mismanagement of Ontario is a disaster

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NorthReport
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NorthReport

No wonder Harper doesn't want to talk with Wynne. Harper is probably worried that he will be tarred with the same financial mismanagement brush.

It doesn't matter whether or not it is right-wing Liberals or right-wing Conservatives, they are both the same. They suck the government coffers dry leaving nothing left but massive debt for the people.

Ontario dealt credit downgrade over ‘heavy debt burden’

Ontario hit with credit downgrade as rating agency warns "difficult actions" lay ahead to erase deficit by 2018.

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/12/19/ontario_dealt_credit_d...

NorthReport

Ontario voters will want to reflect long and hard on this Liberal financial mess before they cast their ballots in the upcoming federal election.

Who else thinks we have a band of thugs running Canada's largest province?

Thanks to all you Liberal supporters who helped ensure the Ontario Liberals got re-elected to power whereas some of them should more probably be facing criminal charges.

NorthReport

What a croc.

Premier Kathleen Wynne on oil prices, smart meters and why the Liberals forced end to gas plant hearings

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/19/premier-kathleen-wynne-on-oil-pr...

Rokossovsky

It's a bad idea to allow the credit rating agencies to define policy. What is actually needed is a critique of the credit agencies themselves.

NorthReport

Agreed.

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Ontario’s corporate job-creation subsidies may not create jobs, economists warn Dec 26 2014 — Adrian Morrow — Globe and Mail

On a Friday morning in December, 2013, Kathleen Wynne arrived at Cisco Canada’s Bay Street offices with an early Christmas gift. The Ontario government would give the technology giant $220-million. In exchange, Cisco – which posted $7.9-billion in profits last year – would hire up to 1,700 more people in the province.

 

NorthReport

Liberals whether it is provincially or federally, are born with a lyin' gene in their DNA. Just get used to assuming anything they say is a lie until they can prove to you otherwise which 99.99999999% of the time they can't

 

 

NorthReport

I would say our lyin' and deceivin' Liberals, but not necessarily the citizens of Ontario, got a good return on their investment of $10,000 here Frown

 

 

NorthReport

Things are going from bad to worse here. 

I don't think she has a clue what she's doing, but hey, what do we know, eh!

Auditor general warns Ontario debt levels are ‘heavy load

’Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk is raising a red flag about Premier Kathleen Wynne's red ink

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/12/09/auditor_general_warns_...

Jacob Two-Two

Oh, there's always money for them. There's just never money for you.

Rokossovsky

Jacob Two-Two wrote:

Oh, there's always money for them. There's just never money for you.

Well said.

NorthReport

That's a bit rich for Wynne to say there is no money for wage increases after the Liberals have had their hands caught in the cookie jar.

Liberals have no shame.

NorthReport

The cupboard’s bare, Kathleen. Just drop it already.

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/01/20/the-cupboards-bare-kathleen-just-drop...

NorthReport

How can Ontario be failing so many families?

We learned last week of the heart-wrenching story of Dr. Nicole Desmarais, a Greater Sudbury mother who likely will have to make her son a ward of the state in order for the boy to receive the intensive psychological therapy he needs.

http://www.northernlife.ca/news/editorial/08-desmarais-story.aspx

NorthReport

Don't know why this is such a big deal but I'm sure some folks will be pissed.

Jail guards to get OT so Ontario inmates can watch Super Bowl 

 

NorthReport

OPP want to see  more documents in relation to the liberal gas plant scandal

NorthReport

OPP seize cell phone in deleted Liberal email investigation

ajaykumar

If nothing came out of Nigel Wright affair, I doubt anything will come out of the Sudbury affair.

NorthReport

Frown

NorthReport

I know it's hard to keep track as there are so many scandals but this one is not about Sudbury

janfromthebruce

Or old time parties spend their careers trying to game the system. Bribery goes a long way back in the Liberal party. Glenn Thibeault is totally the modern version of Hazen Argue.

http://ow.ly/i/8xIB2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazen_Argue

Geoff

If "Liberals' mismanagement of Ontario is a disaster", then, given the provincial election result and the by-election, I'd have to say Ontarions love disasters.  As a New Democrat, I think we need to reflect on why voters in Ontario continue to support Wynne and her  crew.  The bribery allegations obviously were not enough to undercut that support, we must find another way.

Perhaps we're giving the Liberals "too much oxygen" by focusing the conversation on them.  As they say, any publicity is good publicity, as long as your name is spelled correctly.  Instead, we may do well to find a better way to distinguish ourselves and give voters a reason to vote for us, rather than against the Libs (or the Conservatives, for that matter).  Not a new idea, I know, but one worth reconsidering.

One argument is that the current success of the Liberals is the result of their (unwarranted) characterization as a "progressive" party.  Their history in government, at both the provincial and federal level, strongly suggests otherwise.  More work needs to be done to dispell that myth by putting forward truly progressive and innovative policies.  It can't hurt.

NorthReport
Rokossovsky

ajaykumar wrote:

If nothing came out of Nigel Wright affair, I doubt anything will come out of the Sudbury affair.

Brilliant.

Rokossovsky

NorthReport wrote:

I know it's hard to keep track as there are so many scandals but this one is not about Sudbury

Laughing

NorthReport

Gotta love those Liberals as they sure know how to cover their ass.

A brief history of the not-so-brief Ontario gas plants scandal

Yet, the opposition parties are calling it a whitewash, filing long dissents to the official committee report. Why? Because the governing Liberals have controlled the committee behind the report since they won the June election.

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But the ensuing chase for information and alleged cover-up is what turned a seat-saving election promise into a full-blown scandal: opposition parties used the minority government elected in 2011 to request information on the cancellation costs. When then-energy minister Chris Bentley failed to respond in time, they used the committee process to file a contempt complaint against him. After the Speaker ruled there was a prima facie case against Bentley (meaning on the face of it, or the basic facts) the justice committee started looking into the issue in September 2012. These are the origins of Thursday’s unimpressive report.

When things looked bad for Bentley and facing heat from caucus and nine long years in power, McGuinty prorogued and resigned in October 2012, opening up the leadership race that would see Kathleen Wynne sworn in as premier in February 2013. Prorogation also ended the motion of contempt against Bentley.

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/17/a-brief-history-of-the-not-so-br...

NorthReport

Wynne guarantees Hydo price increases! Frown

Wynne can’t guarantee hydro rates won’t rise due to Hydro One sell-off

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2015/04/16/wynne-cant-guarantee-hydro-r...

NorthReport

Wynne guarantees Hydro price increases! Frown

Wynne can’t guarantee hydro rates won’t rise due to Hydro One sell-off

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2015/04/16/wynne-cant-guarantee-hydro-r...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

I can't guarantee it won't rain tomorrow.

So I guess I'm guaranteeing it will rain tomorrow.

Brachina

 Three reasons why Wynne won.

 1. Andrea got Bad advise in reguards to the GTA.

 2. Andrea got stabbed in the back by the 34, and then got her character assassinated by the Star in the most horrifying smear that an MSM newspaper has ever done.

 3. Wynne exploited Hudak, Hudak was such an asset to Wynne the Tory campaign should count as the Liberal parties election spending.

Unionist

Thanks for starting this list! Here are some more reasons:

4. Andrea dropped the NDP's Ontario Retirement Plan half-way through the election - leaving that plan in Wynne's platform only.

5. Andrea dropped the NDP's policy-book promise to restore corporate taxes to their previous level.

6. Andrea refused to support the demand for a $14 minimum wage.

7. Everyone knew the Liberals had privatization on the agenda - but Andrea refused to state: "Sell off whatever you like - but BUYERS BEWARE - within 100 days of being elected, an NDP government will either buy it back at a price that is acceptable to Ontarians, or re-nationalize it with fair compensation."

8. No one could afford the expensive microscopes required to tell the difference between the two business-friendly leaders (Andrea and Kathleen) - so they concentrated on defeating the ugly Hudak.

 

Aristotleded24

9. After effectively acting as the junior partner in a Liberal coalition government, Horwath failed to explain why the government she had been supporting for so long suddenly deserved to be defeated.

mark_alfred

I thought her declaration against privatisation ("you can't heat the house by burning the furniture") was pretty clear.  And now we see that the Libs are selling a large part of Hydro One, so it's clear that the NDP were correct in opposing that privatization bomb of a budget.

In fairness, I will say that I'm happy about Wynne's proposed changes to sex-ed (something McGuinty cowardly shied away from).  That said, if teachers largely go on strike due to cutbacks, it really won't make a difference.

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

The ENRONIZATION of Ontario Hydro started with Bob Rae, went through Mike Harris, and is now in Wynne's lap.

ALL PARTIES ARE GUILTY

And only Ontarians will suffer.

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

Ontario has an unsustainable economy. I am not even going to count the ways. But if you see Tom Mulcair and John Tory all smiles you have to wonder.

Rokossovsky

Unionist wrote:

8. No one could afford the expensive microscopes required to tell the difference between the two business-friendly leaders (Andrea and Kathleen) - so they concentrated on defeating the ugly Hudak

Yeah, the difference between selling everything to give that money away to the corporate sector in P3 infrastructure projects, and not selling everything is "microscopic".

Maybe so, if you dismiss its relevance at every single turn, and ruthlessly attack those who attempt to raise the issue, like Warren Thomas, as stooges for the right, and argue pedantically about how the "aesthetics" of using the phrase "makes sense" in a campaign slogan is fundamentally "right wing", because Mike Harris uttered the phrase "common sense" in the 90s, instead of talking about the foundation of the Liberal campaign platform.

Unionist wrote:

7. Everyone knew the Liberals had privatization on the agenda - but Andrea refused to state: "Sell off whatever you like - but BUYERS BEWARE - within 100 days of being elected, an NDP government will either buy it back at a price that is acceptable to Ontarians, or re-nationalize it with fair compensation."

Dr. Who is at it again with his Tardis, see, if the Liberals were to get elected and privatize Hydro One, Horwath was to get in her time machine win the election, and then reverse the Liberal privatization, but no, of course not since if she had won the election then no privatization would have occurred.

Rokossovsky

Unionist wrote:

7. Everyone knew the Liberals had privatization on the agenda - but Andrea refused to state: "Sell off whatever you like - but BUYERS BEWARE - within 100 days of being elected, an NDP government will either buy it back at a price that is acceptable to Ontarians, or re-nationalize it with fair compensation."

Perhaps you would care to offer some support for this historical rewrite. Please evidence;

  • that you either knew or cared if there was mass privatization of Ontario government assets and that privatzation of Hydro One was the financial basis of the Liberal economic plan -- you can do so by offering any single post on this web site between April 2014 and the end of the election that says this;
  • that Judy Rebick either knew or cared if there was mass privatization of Ontario government assets and that privatzation of Hydro One was the financial basis of the Liberal economic plan -- you can do so by offering any single statement from Rebick between April 2014 and the end of the election that says this;
  • that Sid Ryan either knew or cared if there was mass privatization of Ontario government assets and that privatization of Hydro One was the financial basis of the Liberal economic plan -- you can do so by offering any single statement from Ryan or the OFL between April 2014 and the end of the election that says this;
  • that Jerry Dias either knew or cared if there was mass privatization of Ontario government assets and that privatization of Hydro One was the financial basis of the Liberal economic plan -- you can do so by offering any single statement from Dias or Unifor between April 2014 and the end of the election that says this;

In fact if it is true that "everyone knew that the Liberals had privatization on the agenda", then it should be plainly obvious that the above mentioned union leaders colluded with the Liberal Party of Ontario, to misinform their members and the general public because they failed to mention the plain facts of the privatization agenda as proposed by Kathleen Wynne and Charles Sousa.

NorthReport

Don't voters ever tire of being lied to by the Liberals?

Ontario Liberals look to make big cuts to climb out of deficit

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-budget-cuts-to-targ...

NorthReport

Liberal lie, so what else is new!  Frown

NDP campaign to stop Hydro One sale points to cheaper power in public systemsParty will cite rates that are “half of Ontario’s” in Manitoba and Quebec, at a series town hall meetings aimed at rousing opposition. NDP leader Andrea Horwath says Ontarians who spoke up successfully killed previous sell-off plans under Ernie Eves.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/04/27/ndp-campaign-to-stop-hydro...

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

Howie Hampton's PUBLIC POWER campaign was brilliant, and probably years before its time.

Perhaps the ONDP could dust that off in a new context?

NorthReport

Kathleen Wynne wastes chance to create a legacy:

Ontario budget lacks bold, progressive moves to fix health-care mess.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/04/25/kathleen-wynne-wast...

 

NorthReport

We have to rid ourselves of these right-wing governments who think it is OK to buy elections. 

Ontario auditor warns of flood of taxpayer-funded partisan ads

Ontario's auditor general fires another broadside against Wynne's proposed changes to government advertising act

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/05/12/ontario-auditor-warns-...

NorthReport

Is this a Jim Prentice budget as it sounds like another fuck-you to the voters move as the election is still years away.

Few approve of Ontario budget

http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/278/infrastructure-spending-best-like...

NorthReport

I must have missed it. What's that difference between the Liberals and the Conservatives again?

Ontario auditor general, opposition warn about leeway in revised advertising act

Ontario government still trying to slip partisan advertising past taxpayers despite amendment to bill, critics say

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/05/26/ontario-auditor-genera...

NorthReport

Kathleen Wynne's failure of nerve

There’s a battle on over government’s role and the premier, contrary to how she ran, is aiding the anti side.

Tony Judt, the late historian, wrote brilliantly on this. He loved the great train stations. He felt they not only served and welcomed travellers but made a statement about the need for a strong public role in restraining the ravages of early capitalism’s robber barons; and still do, in our time of raging inequality and the 1 per cent. They represent something.

Hydro is a symbol in this sense peculiar to Ontario, just as the CBC is to Canada. (Institutions have always been central to our nationhood since we lack other binders like a unique language or cuisine.) The Tory premier who created Hydro in 1906 said, “The water power of Niagara should be as free as the air.” Like other conservatives such as Teddy Roosevelt, he saw the need for the state to counterbalance raw business impulses. Ontario Hydro and the image of Niagara Falls embedded that necessity in the public mind.

This is what Wynne seems not to realize about her choice to rob Peter to pay Paul. There’s a battle on over government’s role and she’s aiding the anti side since she could’ve easily paid for transit with raised taxes. A restoration of the 2 per cent of GST that Harper killed would yield more each year than her one-time sale of Hydro One, and still leave its yearly revenues. So it’s a failure of (her) nerve if we assume she has pro-government principles, as she claims. You can sense this abdication in her unpersuasive language in New York recently. “So I actually think,” she said feebly, “the oversight will be there.”

She’s covered herself by getting former civil servants and bankers, Ed Clark and Don Drummond, to “advise” her. Both came of age on deficit hysteria and program-slashing. No disrespect and I’m not saying it’s just garbage in, garbage out. But you get what you pay for. Drummond in, Drummond out.

There will always be a state and a state role, at least prior to the arrival of the messiah, who I assume is an anarchist and will let the members of society self-regulate. So the question in the interim is simply: what role will the state play and whose interests will it serve: the few, or everybody?

Hydro was a Tory project at a time when public made such sense that even Tories did it routinely. Has that time come again? I think so — when even people in crazy sectors like hedge funds can see something must be done or this society will go right off (pardon the expression) the rails. One sign of this crisis is terror about raising taxes — even from a leader who ran on it, to the left of the NDP, and won. Now the NDP has Alberta and about 70 per cent polled nationally take a leftish position. There’s also the matter of the young, who are highly social (as in media) and may be more amenable to public solutions in areas like transit.

Kathleen Wynne isn’t from the business world and isn’t beholden to them. What has got into her — or drained away?


http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/05/21/kathleen-wynnes-fai...

Brachina

 She hasn't changed, the Star just had its head up its a ass last election. And Wynne was not to the left of the ndp that is a lie.

Rokossovsky

The Star has a fairly reasonable position between elections, something that adds to their credibility when they go full tilt Liberal red during elections. I am not sure its intentional. but its beginning to look more like it every passing year.

NorthReport

Hydro One sell-off the ‘biggest con job I’ve ever seen’

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/05/28/hydro-one-sell-off-...

NorthReport

What do you expect from a Trudeau ally?

Just more incompetence.

Kathleen Wynne’s TVO cameo fades to black: Cohn

Ontario premier’s cancelled behind-the-scenes documentary, once an idealistic project, has become a self-inflicted public relations disaster.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/05/30/kathleen-wynnes-tvo-ca...

mark_alfred

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/changes-to-ontario-elections-inclu...

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The government is also planning to switch the fixed date of the provincial election from the fall to the spring and to "strengthen the rules" surrounding election campaign advertising by third-party special-interest groups such as unions.

I guess Wynne figures that the unions that foolishly helped her in the last campaign have finally come to their senses and likely would not support her next time around.  So, she's now gonna neuter the Working Families Coalition's ability to advertise.

NorthReport

Well I hope all the people that were attacking Horwath during the election are just thrilled by Wynne's actions.

But please don't ever complain about your increasing electricity rates. 

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