Thursday, July 21, 2011

This Week in Ontario - And They're Off!

Political excitement at the federal level may have evaporated faster than water in downtown Toronto, but the provincial scene is still very much alive this summer across Ontario.

Among this week's highlights:


1. The Liberals scored a big endorsement from David Suzuki, whose foundation criticized the Ontario NDP last week.


2. The NDP played up their "Buy Ontario" platform. Which is a great idea, until the inevitable news story comes out that their lawn signs were made in Michigan, or some equally trivial offense.


3. Tim Hudak is promising to cut red tape - in fact, he's willing to create a whole new ministerial office to do just that. I feel like that should have been a West Wing walk-and-talk, along the the lines of:

"So he wants to cut $30 million in government spending and waste in the Department of Agriculture. How's he going to do that?"
"He'll hire someone, staff him, and have him conduct an extensive review of all spending."
"How much will that cost?"
"$35 million."

I'm sure Aaron Sorkin would have a wittier way to go about it, but you get the point.

Still, Rob Ford rode the gravy train to victory, and Hudak has made the very clever promise to dock his own pay if he can't de-gravy Queen's Park. A pledge like that creates a sense that he's serious and that it's more than the usual political doublespeak.

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6 Comments:

  • "The Liberals scored a big endorsement from David Suzuki, whose foundation criticized the Ontario NDP last week."

    I sure hope the David Suzuki Foundation pulls out all the stops to remind Ontarians of the McGuinty Liberals steadfast support of higher taxes on home-heating fuel. Once the environmental benefits of taxing freezing grannies to give fat cat bankers yet another corporate tax cut are explained to the public, the Liberals will surely be returned with an even larger majority.

    By Anonymous HST4EVR, at 9:18 PM  

  • steadfast support of higher taxes on home-heating fuel. Once the environmental benefits of taxing freezing grannies

    HST were paired with tax credits, some of which geared specifically to seniors like Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit. For Seniors -- $1,025.

    There was also income tax cuts on the first $37,106 (down by 16.5%).

    The HST was off-set with tax credits, which were designed to make the HST <a href="http://mobile.thestar.com/mobile/NEWS/article/738403>revenue neutral.</a>

    By Blogger sharonapple88, at 10:07 PM  

  • Trivial offenses indeed. Getting sick of seeing WK play each one up, too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:57 AM  

  • The NDP have released their election platform. The Progressive Conservatives released changebook some time ago. And the Liberals still haven't told us what they plan to do.

    Yet the Libs have complained about Hudak's plan to put Provincial prisoners to work, suggesting that these are dangerous offenders, yet they have failed to explain why their Attorney General have seen these supposedly dangerous prisoners sentenced to terms shorter than two-years-less-a-day -- the longest term you can serve in a Provincial prison in Ontario.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:19 AM  

  • Oops! That link should be changebook.ca.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM  

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