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Who is Ford Nation?

An ONPulse poll does a good job of identifying who Ford Nation is: it's largely the usual suspects.

We find 5% of Ontarians would explicitly label themselves as members of Ford Nation. 

An additional 25% are non-identifying fans of Ford Nation, while 51% rejected the label. In total, then, 30% of Ontario either labels itself as part of Ford Nation or is sympathetic to it.

 

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The Ontario Election: A Scramble for the Growing Working Class as the Middle Class Declines

Tom Parkins discusses how the decline of the middle class under the provincial Liberal governments, as well as the  federal Conservative and Liberal governments, is impacting the Ontario election. However, so far the main beneficiary has been Doug Ford.

An expanding working class may have dealt the final blow to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, whose support has now become concentrated among upper class Ontarians and a shrinking middle class.

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Doug Ford to FIRE Hydro Board of Directors & Its President

He says he will FIRE the entire Board of Directors of Hydro One. When he puts "his people" in place that board will FIRE its $6 million dollar a year President.

This is all about putting money back in the pockets of Ontarians and not in the pocket of its $6 million dollar a year Hydro-One President

 

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PC's remove Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris over sexting allegations

MPP was informed by email that his nomination papers to run in Kitchener-Conestoga would not be signed due to an allegation made by a young woman who had worked at Queen’s Park.

Mon., April 9, 2018

“On the afternoon of Friday, April 6, an allegation against the MPP from Kitchener-Conestoga was brought forward,” said MPP Lisa Thompson, the PC caucus chair.

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How Will You Handle Doug Ford as Premier?

It is so depressing, poll after poll after poll shows that Doug Ford is on track to be the next Premier of Ontario

This is so depressing, I thought Canadians were smarter than to buy into elected a Trump wanna be. But there has been no change in the polls.

So when (cause let's not kid ourselves it gonna happen) it Ford is elected, how will you cope?

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NDP vs. NDP on Deficit Spending

So in 2015 Peggy Nash was the NDP Industry Critic who went after Justin Trudeau for pledging to go into deficit saying

"Justin Trudeau’s economic plan has a hole so big it could be a tourist attraction. His deficits keep growing faster than the Bay of Fundy tides come in and out."

Fast forward 3 years and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has pledged to go into deficit if elected, but she would not provide any further details.

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Harrassment & Bullying Rampant In 3 NDP Offices

Maybe this is why the NDP & Andrea Horwath has been MIA during the PC upheaval recently? That they have been distracted by problems in their own offices.

Between the three constituent offices of Horwath in Hamilton Centre, Paul Miller in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and Monique Taylor in Hamilton Mountain; it appears no less than 11 workers have been  either fired, have quit, were bought out after filing grievances– some of which have gone to arbitrations which are still pending –or were simply paid to stay at home.

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Will a PC Party led by Doug Ford reduce the Liberals to non-party status in 2018?

The most recent polling trends, in the run-up to the PC leadership vote, have put the NDP ahead of the Liberals in the polls(though both have been well behind the PC's in terms of the support that party held WITHOUT a leader).

Given those polling trends;

Given that Doug Ford has scored a disputed "victory" in the Ontario PC race.

Given that the majority of Ontario voters would not want Doug Ford leading a majority PC government;

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Andrea Horwath puts chief of staff on leave over alleged response to groping complaints

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has placed her chief of staff, Michael Balagus, on a leave of absence while she weighs reports he did not take women’s complaints seriously when he worked for two NDP premiers in Manitoba.

“I was shocked to hear of women accusing my chief of staff of not taking their concerns seriously,” Horwath said in a statement late Friday afternoon, relating to accusations from Manitoba government employees that former cabinet minister Stan Struthers groped and tickled them.

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Outrage after Ontario government funds college program in homeopathy

Outrage is mounting over a publicly funded Ontario college’s plan to launch a diploma program in homeopathy, a practice based on the philosophy that illness can be treated with massively diluted substances — so super-diluted scientists say the “remedies” are virtually water.

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Former Andrea Horwath Supporter To Run Against Her In Hamilton Center

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Ontario's New Democratic Party has been dealt a blow after a prominent community activist and former supporter of Andrea Horwath announced she is jumping ship to run for the Liberals in the party leader's own Hamilton Centre riding.

Deirdre Pike, a senior planner with the Hamilton Social Planning and Research Council and Hamilton Spectator freelance columnist, announced her surprise intentions this weekend in her final column with the paper.

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How the Ontario Government causes homelessness

Homelessness is created by the Ontario Government and it is about rent

We need to be very clear about why homelessness is rising in Ontario. The numbers of people without housing and sleeping in shelters. It is not the result of a lack of apartments.People end up homeless because they are poor. Most receive either OW or ODSP. The increase in homelessness is the direct result of a lack of rent money; specifically the fact that neither ODSP and OW provide enough rent money to rent anything anywhere in Toronto.

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Stouffville mayor has yet to apologize for CSI-style wall

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Justin Altmann has until Dec. 22 to make a public apology for the unusual photo mural he put up of staff, councillors and citizens in his office washroom earlier this year.

But his apology must be made during a council meeting and Tuesday’s session is the last one scheduled for the year.

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High rents lead to increased detention on hospitals and jails.

We all know that rents in Toronto have soared.The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $2,000. This is hard for middle class employed people. However for very poor people, particularly people with disabilities who cannot work, the situation is misery and despair.

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Kathleen "I don't recall" Wynne at Trial

Wynne gave the standard lawyerly answer meant to avoid the possibility of perjury charges in the future whenever anything that could be dangerous came up in her testimony: "I don't recall".

A little nervous at the beginning, Wynne was clearly well-rehearsed: memory loss on any details that could land her in trouble — “I don’t recall the specifics of the conversation” being a common refrain — and then forthright when in less dangerous territory.

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