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Conservative deficit fear-mongering takes aim at dream of activist government

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Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

For years, pundits have kept governments in a straightjacket when it comes to spending, intimidating the public into believing that the deficit gods are vengeful and unforgiving, and that Greece is only a short hop, skip and a jump away.

Image: Flickr/OntarioNDP
| July 7, 2014
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| July 4, 2014
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What we've learned from Michael Ignatieff's political interlude

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Now that he's headed back to Harvard full time, it's too easy to say Michael Ignatieff really was "just visiting," although he was. There must be something more to learn from that weird political interlude in his life and ours. Let's consider the denouement: the time since his party's 2011 defeat.

Premier Kathleen Wynne
| June 23, 2014
Wayne Drysdale
| June 20, 2014
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Wynne victory exposes fallacy politicians can't win proposing tax hikes for the rich

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Kathleen Wynne broke a number of taboos last week, proving it's possible to get elected premier of Canada's largest province while being a woman, while being openly gay and -- perhaps most surprising -- while openly defying the right-wing orthodoxy that's ruled this country for three decades.

It may be this last aspect of her victory that broke the most resistant taboo.

June 18, 2014 |
Kathleen Wynne can credit her victory to a strategy of wooing NDP voters with a progressive agenda. It’s now up to her to deliver.
Tim Hudak
| June 18, 2014
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