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Ontario provincial by-elections, 2016

Three Ontario by-elections are expected in the next 6 month.

In Scarborough Rouge River, all major parties have selected candidates. Not long ago, Ottawa-Vanier MPP stepped down as Attorney General and will resign her seat. And just a few days ago York West MPP and Seniors' Affairs minister Mario Sergio said he would relinquish his post immediately and resign his seat in the next three months.

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Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur resigns as Ottawa-Vanier MPP

Jun 09, 2016

[quote]Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur is resigning as an MPP for the riding of Ottawa-Vanier.

In a statement released Thursday, Meilleur said she told Premier Kathleen Wynne earlier this week, but said she would continue to fulfill her ministerial roles as Attorney General and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs until a replacement was selected.

Meilleur was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003, after more than a decade in municipal politics.

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Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Former NDP MP, Now Wants To Run For Ontario Liberals

[quote]OTTAWA — One of the federal NDP’s former rising stars has decided she wants to run for the provincial Liberals in Ontario.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the former NDP MP for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge River submitted her nomination papers to the Ontario Liberal Party this week, The Huffington Post has learned. She is seeking a seat in an upcoming byelection in Scarborough–Rouge River, vacant since longtime MPP Bas Balkissoon’s surprising resignation last month. The riding has been Liberal since its creation in 1999.

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Kathleen Wynne admits Ontario Liberal ministers have fundraising quotas but won't admit quotas are up to $500,000/year each

Wynne has a growing fundraising scandal on her hands. 

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Premier Kathleen Wynne admitted Friday that Ontario cabinet ministers do have fundraising quotas after ducking the question for most of the week.

The Liberals are accused of selling access to cabinet ministers at high-priced dinners and cocktail receptions for lobbyists, and Wynne promises to introduce new rules on political donations by the fall, but not to implement them before the next election in 2018.

She had refused to confirm that cabinet ministers have individual fundraising targets of up to $500,000, but was pressed on the issue again Friday. ...

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Liberal Bas Balkissoon resigns as MPP for Scarborough-Rouge River

By The Canadian Press — Mar 22 2016

TORONTO — Liberal backbencher Bas Balkissoon is resigning his Scarborough-Rouge River seat in the Ontario legislature effective immediately.

Premier Kathleen Wynne's office announced Balkissoon's decision, but gave no reason for the resignation.

Wynne's office says it will have no further comment other than to thank him for his public service.

Balkissoon was first elected to the legislature in 2005 and served as parliamentary assistant to several ministers, but was never promoted to the Liberal cabinet.

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Ontario Unveils $12.8 B Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment

Ontario Unveils $12.8 B Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/darlington-nuclear-refurbishment-1...

"Work to begin in October with all 4 reactors revamped by 2026. 'Proceeding with the refurbishment at Darlington will ensure that nuclear continues to be Ontario's single largest source of power,' said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli

'Refurbishing Darlington is an investment in Ontario,' said OPG president and CEO Jeffrey Lyash. 'It's good for the customers, it's good for the economy and it's good for the environment.

Greenpeace Canada is concerned about possible accidents at nuclear generating stations and says refurbishing the aging reactors at Darlington is not worth the risk..."

 

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Carding in John Tory's Toronto: 'He has successfully sold Toronto a '6' for a '9'

Why Are Y'All So Excited Over Mayor Tory's Call For an 'End' to Carding by the Cops? - by Ajamu Nangwaya

http://www.blackagendareport.com/toronto_mayor_to_end_carding_not_really

"In response to widespread public protest, the mayor of Canada's largest city announced a reversal of his support for 'carding', Canada's version of stop-and-frisk.

But Mayor John Tory's alternative appears to be nothing but a sanitized version of the old practice.

'Afrikan people would love the cops to just stay away from them, if they are not suspected of committing a criminal offence.'

'He has successfully sold Toronto a '6' for a '9'

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Michael Chan

Is this senior Ontario cabinet minister a foreign agent?

[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-making-of-michael-chan/... Making of Michael Chan (Globe & Mail, Wednesday June 17, 2015)[/url]

[quote]Michael Chan is a rare politician. Ontario’s minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade considers himself a middleman between domestic and foreign interests, a commercial conduit between his province and the Middle Kingdom.

“For me, it is how I am able to bridge Canada and China,” he told The Globe and Mail in an interview in his Queen’s Park office. “I can be in a position to promote both jurisdictions for the benefit of the people. I think that’s important.”

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