Saturday, December 20, 2014

Twas The Night Before A Kathleen Wynne Christmas

 Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Chiarelli's mouth.
The pictures of Wynne were dripping with dew,
In hopes that more taxpayers she could screw.

Sid Ryan was nestled all snug in his bed,
While visions of union dues danced in his head.
While the christmas candles continued to burn
He thought of righties like Stephen Harper, he tossed and he turned.
And then Kathleen Wynne heard a knock on the door,
It was the public sector unions, demanding some more.
Away to the window she flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw them taxpayer cash.

While all this happened the opposition wanted to know
What about the billion dollar scandals, forget the damn snow.
That OPP investigation, we've been asking for days.
Who cares says the OPP, we got an eight percent raise.

So Kathleen Wynne smirked, thought she had it made,
Fitch said not so fast, another credit downgrade So Kathleen deflected, blamed her problems on the fed,
Refusing to acknowlegde, it laid in her own bed!

"More taxes! More fees! I want all your cash!
My new pension sheme will create a new stash!
You voted for me, thought I'd be good,
Forty three percent higher electricity!, you'd better burn wood"

So the Liberals put up turbineswith nary a care,
Free from enviromental laws, rural voters they did scare.
But Wynne doesn't care, says rural voters are sour,
It's Toronto voters who keep us Liberals in power.

And then, on Twitter, I read it right then
Another gas plant supbeona, it was happening again.
Ten thousand dollars, your money, your taxes,
Paid to a Liberal to erase emails, they hid damaging faxes.
The auditor general said the the Liberals were fools,
Chiarelli's comments proved that, man what tools.
Union head Smokey Thomas said Wynne was a liar,
And he was right, her pants are on fire.

So with Ontario a basket case, Wynne demands a meeting!
Harper says no, but John Tory I'll be greeting!
So realizing it's christmas and that again Harper said no,
She says "I need twelve billion dollars, and then I'll go.

So when you wake christmas morning, just remember though,
It's peak rate hours. regardless of snow.
And when the holidays are over, and it's all said and done,
Wynne will find a new tax, you might want to run!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Linda McQuaig Ramps Up Her War On Independant Thought.....

  Another day, another  editorial by uber left wing-nut Linda McQuaig over on  i-politics .McQuuaig regurgitates the talking points of the left, that the evil despicable  Stephen Harper is trying to stop independant thought, this time by forcing Canada Revenue Agency, an arms reach branch of the government no less, to audit the Canadian Center For Policy Alternatives. In McQuaig's socialist-addled mind, CRA auditing a think-tank she agrees with must be something nefarious by that Harper dude. Forget the fact CRA audits are routine procedure for think tanks. And forget the fact CCPA was audited twice before under the previous governments of Mulroney and Chretien (McQuaig did). Oh, she makes a flippant remark about how those were "routine audits" and this one has lasted 11 months, never mentioning the first audit under Mulroney lasted in parts of 1989 and 1990.

 And ignore the fact McQuaig dredges up the Fraser Institute as if it gives her argument validity, imaginary though it may be. She cries that the Fraser Institute gets media coverage for it's yearly Tax Freedom day, proving that shows ties between the institute and Harper, while never mentioning the fact the CCAP gets the exact same coverage for it's yearly Alternative Federal Budget, which by the way is simply talking points of the NDP. So now let's take a look at something McQuaig never mentions, nor do any of those accusing the government of using CRA as muscle against organizations that disagree with it's policy.

 I'm talking about this NEWS STORY FROM 1999. It deals with CRA auditing the Fraser Institute, the latest audit of several the right-wing institute was subjected too. In fact, you can pretty much just change the names Fraser Institute and CCAP in McQuaig's editorial and it's the same story. Something very telling in that 1999 story is this excerpt: "Revenue Canada’s 14-page set of written guidelines for think tanks notes that the Income Tax Act does not contain a definition of “charitable” or “charity”. The guidelines state that the courts have recognized four broad categories of charitable activities: relieving poverty, advancing education, advancing religion, and providing certain other benefits to the community, such as hospitals, public parks, or homes for the elderly.

 Notice that part I underlined about "relieving poverty". That's important. Most on the left have complained Oxfam was warned it's goal can't be to end poverty, it must be to relieve poverty. That's right. The courts ruled this almost a decade before Stephen Harper became PM. Yet those on the left, including politicians and media have tried to intimate this is another example of Harper's heavy hand.

 In regards to McQuaig's editorial, she completely overlooks the fact CRA stated that this audit was partially a result of the previous audits done under Mulroney and Chretien goverments. She is also oblivious to the fact the Fraser Institutes main focus is on taxes, business and the economy, while CCAP pushes changes to government policy, again with a left-wing bend, while criticising the current Conservative government. And that my friends, is the key to the CRA audit. Read this quote from the 1999 article, and tell me how it relates to the Canadian Center For Policy Alternatives.

"Revenue Canada’s written guidelines for think tanks state that “political activities must remain ancillary and incidental and cannot rise to the level of an objective”. According to the guidelines, registered-charity status may be prevented if “the organization’s efforts to influence politicians, bureaucrats, media and public on political matters are a constant, integral and inseparable aspect of its mission”.

 This, in a nutshell is why I blog. The McQuaig's, Wynne's, Trudeau's, who all try to get partisan sound bites to draw votes from those who pay little attention to politics. If ignorance is bliss, McQuaig has enough  bliss for every person in Canada.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2015 Federal Election To Be Like None Ever Seen Before...

 With the Canadian federal election now just a little more than a year away, it's already shaping up to be unprecedented in the way any federal election has been played out before it. First up will be ongoing attacks from both public and private sector unions, such as OFL and Unifor, headed by Sid Ryan and Jerry Dias respectively. The heads of all the major unions appear intent in spending millions on attack ads directed at PM Harper and his Conservative candidates in next years election. Forget the fact the Conservative Party is probably the best choice for their members, including policy of finance and debt, the economy, taxation, and trade that opens up new markets across the globe. We've already laid witness to the Ontario election of 2014 where unions openly and viciously attacked PC leader Tim Hudak and PC candidates across the province. More puzzling is the fact they endorsed the Liberal Party led by Kathleen Wynne, whose party has ramped up taxes, user fees, electricity costs, doubled the debt, while at the same time rewarding those same union members in the private sector with lost jobs, crippling hydro bills, and user fees such as license plate renewal that has almost doubled.  The only saving grace for Conservatives is there are actual rules in place capping the amount spent on third party advertising by Elections Canada. Of course unions are more than willing to break both election and municipal rules to get their chosen Liberal leader into power. The illegal signs posted by the Working Families Coalition a perfect example.

 The second part of the 2015 election will be the media's support of Justin Trudeau and hate for anything Stephen Harper or Conservative. Let's be honest, just like Tim Hudak in Ontario, whoever was leader of the federal Conservative Party would be a target of the media. Oh, the media will try and say it's just paranoia by the PM and Conservative supporters, but when you read editorials like the CP's Joan Bryden trying to lay blame for one of Justin Trudeau's chosen star candidates saying the IDF fired indiscriminately at women and children in Gaza at the Tories, while never even taking a micro-second to ask for Trudeau's comments on those outrageous comments, well, if the media says they are non-partisan then they must all get together and ride their magical unicorns after work everyday, cause, in a word, that's just pure fantasy on their part.

 Of course that's just the latest example. We've seen Trudeau state budgets balance themselves, been called a "bozo" by a long term Liberal MP (again twisted by the media to be the Conservative's fault), seen Trudeau campaign in a mosque who donated to Hamas. We've seen Liberal and NDP MP's found to have broken election laws regarding robocalls, with the media again downplaying the fact they were actually found to have broken laws in one sentence, then writing paragraph after paragraph about supposed robocalls made across Canada by Conservatives, despite the judge's decision in the Michael Sona conviction. We have more of the same, mocking Stephen Harper as a control freak, while praising Justin Trudeau for dictating candidates views on abortion, ignoring the fact he boasts of open nominations, while at the same time rigging riding associations to get his chosen candidate named, which has even resulted in Trudeau facing a lawsuit.

 We've seen Trudeau repay money for improper expenses in regards to a limo ride for one of his speaking engagements, with that same "non-partisan" media, the ones who actually even reported it, saying it was no big deal, just an honest mistake. You know, the same ones who wrote endlessly about Bev Oda's $16 orange juice. We've laid witness to relentless attacks about Rob Ford's addictions. How many people know Liberal MP John McCallum, while serving as a cabinet minister, was denied entry onto an airplane becase he was to drunk? Not very many, as it wasn't deemed newsworthy by many in the media. Then again, McCallum was also caught lying about where his car was built at a campaign stop, insisting his car was North American built, when he knew it wasn't. But hey, not newsworthy, right guys.

 Perhaps the most glaring example of lack of media covering for a Liberal was the COURT DECISION on favor of Francois Beaudoin, who won a lawsuit against the government where the judge ruled he was the victim of attacks from Jean Chretien cronies, trying to ruin him both financially and emotionally, due to the fact he outed Chretien's lie that he never contacted the BDC for that infamous Shawinigate loan, the one that ultimately defaulted, sticking taxpayers with the loss. Try googling this subject. Either the internet has been cleansed or the majority of media just never wanted to report on it.

 In respect to everything written above, the re-election of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party will certainly face attacks from both unions and media never seen before in a federal election. The 2014 Ontario election will be used as a template to get their chosen one, Justin Trudeau, into 24 Sussex to continue the destruction implemented by his father decades before. And while I begrudgingly admit Pierre Elliot Trudeau did have a natural charisma, Justin's is store bought. Where his father thought and believed in his vision, Justin's is store bought, or rather media paid for. Conservatives across the country need to rally against this attack on democracy, before Justin Trudeau follows the lead of the Ontario Liberals, making Canada a have-not Country much like McGuinty/Wynne have done to Ontario.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catch Me On Sun TV Today

 I will be appearing on Sun TV's Straight Talk with Alex Pierson during the 10 AM segment to discuss the future of the Ontario PC Party, failed policies from the June election, and possible leadership aspirations.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

2014 Ontario Election Proves Hudak PC's Were Not An Effective & Acceptable Change Of Government Option

 With the 2014 election campaign, with dreams of optimism for Ontario's future now relegated to a nightmare set to last 4 more years under the Kathleen Wynne led Liberals, the talking point that governments need an effective opposition is now becoming painfully clear. And in my opinion, not withstanding the 100,000 job cuts debacle from the PC platform, it is the main reason Kathleen Wynne is premier, Tim Hudak has resigned as PC leader, and PC supporters are now focusing on the new future leader, whoever that may be. Stephen Harper ousted the Liberal Party of Chretien/Martin, who had ruled from 1993 through 2006, by making himself and the Conservative Party of Canada look like a party voters could see as ready for office.

 Reflecting back now on both the 2011 and 2014 Ontario elections, I just don't see Tim Hudak and his party ever having put in place this strategy, which I think directly reflects in the final results of the most recent election. The million jobs pln was a nice slogan, but it's not something I would have run on as the main plank in my campaign. Yes, jobs are a hugely important issue. However, in my opinion, the issues Ontario voters have been dealing with since Dalton McGuinty first got into office on a lie of no new taxes is being able to afford to live in the province. Every Ontario taxpayer feels the effects of McGuinty's "Ontario Health Levy". Given that most Ontario voters had just done their income taxes this tax would have been fresh in their minds. But I don't ever remember neither Hudak nor Horwath even give passing mention to this tax, which did absolutely nothing for Ontario health care, instead going into general revenues for Liberal boondoggles like ORNGE, E-Health, OLG, Green Energy scams, etc. The tax takes in roughly $3 billion per year, so McGuinty/Wynne's grand take so far is in excess of $33 billion. And yet somehow they still managed to add nearly $160 billion onto the provinces debt.

 Another issue would be the implementation of the HST. Can't say as I remember any PC press releases mentioning the fact roughly 11 cents of every litre of gas was due to the Liberal HST being added. Given sky-high gas prices, the fact Hudak never attacked Wynne on this leaves my mind boggled and confused. Nor did he hammer home the cost of the HST to taxpayers on their home heating and electricity costs. Promising to remove these taxes would have been far more effective than the 10% reduction in personal income taxes, especially given the fact McGuinty has forever tarnished voters minds of tax promises with his repeated lies. Also, given a 40 day campaign, if he led off Day 1 of the campaign with this promise, and reiterated it every day, chances are almost every Ontario voter would have received either a heating or electricity bill during the 40 days of the campaign, giving them a taste of the virtual reality the HST has on them and their families.

 Finally, the number one issue of the election should have been electricity costs. The 42% increase in electricity costs affects both taxpayers, as well as small, medium, and big business. Given the scandal of the gas plants, the fact the PC war room thought the million jobs plan should be the almost entire focus of the campaign speaks volumes of the incompetence of those crafting election strategy, and the reason I call for every person involved to either resign or be fired.  Given the fact seniors and retirees are greatly feeling the effects of Liberal energy policies more than most, and given the fact they are the most reliable demographic to actually turn out and vote, not making this the focal point is, in my opinion, as stupid as stupid gets.

 So with all I have written here in mind, I've decided I might be ready to actually step into politics, either as a PC nomination candidate in the next Ontario election, or once given the financing rules for the leadership of the PC Party of Ontario. While I would be the longest shot of anyone entering the race for PC leader, I think it would be a worthwhile effort to have my voice heard, as well as many who comment here, on both the future of the party as well as future of the province. And being a lifetime union member, I would welcome any personal attacks by the Working Families Coalition that would result in face to face live debates where I could rather easily show Ontario voters how corrupt the upper echelons of many of the major unions have become.  And also show Ontario voters there is a road back to the prosperity once enjoyed by the former greatest province in Canada.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Campaign Platform Tim Hudak Should Have Ran On....

 With some days now passed since the Epic Fail by the PCPO in the 2014 election, it's glaringly obvious what went wrong, and the reason Kathleen Wynne's Liberals now have majority government. Let me state for the record I think Tim Hudak is a decent guy, but probably not leadership material. There have been many other political leaders who have had distinguished careers, only to feel the wrath of voters as they are unable to appeal to the masses. Preston Manning, Michael Ignatieff, Stockwell Day and Preston Manning are the most recent examples.

Hudak's biggest failure was his 100,000 job cuts mantra. Notice I said cuts? That's because that's what every attack ad stated, regardless if they were to be done through attrition. This was met by candidates and canvassers every day throughout the campaign. At the door, on the phone, via email and text, at local debates, that was what gave Wynne her majority. The other part of the failure was the fact that during a 40-day campaign, Hudak and his war room continued to run this as their main campaign plank. Not really smart politics. When they are bashing you over the head with a bat, why keep giving them a heavier bat?

 In my opinion, this election was easily winnable, with a PC majority a very real possibility. During the campaign I did a BLOG POST in the form of advice to Hudak and the war room that was basically ignored while sticking with the million jobs, 100,000 cuts mantra. I received more positive comments on this one blog post  than any I had ever done in the past, including one of my FIRST BLOGPOSTS way back in 2009 challenging the CAW and their refusal to accept concessions to gain government bail-outs to keep Canadian Chrysler and GM workers jobs from being lost. The pressure put on the CAW made them accept those concessions, saving thousands of Canadian jobs in the process.

 Given the Liberal's record of governing since 2003, there was a virtual Pandora's Box of botched government decisions combined with scandal that should have been enough for the PC campaign team to put together a cohesive and effective platform that would have been a resounding success in voters minds. And here it is:

  • Removal of HST on heating and electricity bills (rather than a 10% personal income tax cut, connects much easier with voters)
  • Elimination of Drive Clean (promised by Hudak and well received by voters)
  • Improving the youth unemployment crisis (which should have been announced hand in hand wth CoT elimination. Instead CoT was another union rallying cry)
  • Slowing of public sector hiring ( sounds a lot nicer than 100,000 job cuts, no?)
  • Convening a round table of the heads of the auto manufacturers together with reps from Unifor on what can be done to get auto sector back to pre 2003 levels. ( takes any attacks from Unifor off the table, and also puts them in the position of either fighting against good paying union jobs or supporting Working Families Coalition)
  • A jobs plan that mentions increase in hiring, noting average yearly jobs created prior to 2003 and the average in 11 years of McGuinty/Wynne. (rather than sticking the 1 million number on it, which might as well have been a bullseye)
  • Highlighting the scandals with the accumulated costs ($7+ billion )
  • Reinstating physiotherapy, eye exams and chiropractor care (in conjunction with a balanced budget, which would have left Wynne vulnerable on two fronts)
 The fact is given the Liberals record of doubled debt and ongoing massive deficits, combined with Ontario voters outraged over sky-high electricity bills and youth unemployment near or at the top of Canada, a narrow direct and focused campaign was all that was needed for victory. Given that fact and the election results, it's time for the PC Party to do a massive purging of those involved in the campaign  platforms of this and the past 4 elections, as mistakes made have not led to lessons learned. Otherwise you might as well get used to Wynne and the Liberals chanting 4 more years all over again in 2018.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Kathleen Wynne Giveth, She Taketh Away (or fun with numbers)

 I've had an interesting day today talking with either Liberal, NDP or undecided voters. Needless to say, those voting PC do appear to be much more informed voters than the rest. So let's look at a couple of examples. The first is someone aged 21 who told me I was stupid to vote for Hudak and she was voting Liberal because Kathleen Wynne raised the minimum wage, which she is making. So the first thing I did was point out that if Wynne gets re-elected, that 75 cent an hour raise just dropped 22 cents due to the ORPP pension plan Wynne will implement. So she says she doesn't care as she's still ahead. So I ask if she pays an electricity bill, and she replies yes. That bill is $125 every 2 months, so to make it easy, we'll say $60 per month. Wynne has already announced another 32% increase on electricity bills is coming if re-elected.  So that works out to $19.20 per month. So there goes another 13 cents. That 75 cent an hour raise is now down to 40 cents. But there's more. Wynne has announced she will end the 10% green energy rebate on her electricity bill. Long story short, after I pointed out that raise she got will be eaten up by all of Wynne's new taxes and increases in utilities and services, she'll be lucky to break even. I then point out Hudak will give her a 10% reduction in her income taxes, with no increases anywhere else. Kaching! One new PC voter = 1 ex-Lib voter.

 Case 2. A woman I work with says I'm crazy to vote for Hudak as he's going to eliminate the 30% tuition rebate. I ask how much she gets and she tells me around $800 per year, so $2400 over 4 years. I then ask her annual income, and she replies $54,000, with her husband making a similar amount. So I point out if re-elected Wynne's ORPP will cost her $1080 per year for each of her and her husband, for a total of $2160 per year for infinity, also pointing out again that 32% increase in her electricity bill, which is $300 every two months. Kaching! Two more PC voters who are now ex-Liberal voters.

 We need to get the message out with facts. I've done it , and so can you. Do it now!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If Liberal Health Minister Deb Matthews Lied About Madi Vanstone's Medication Being Covered, She Needs To Immediately Withdraw As A Candidate

No excuses, no saying you misunderstood, no saying negotiations are ongoing. Nothing, nada, nilch, zero. Madi sent out a tweet this morning that her mother had just gotten off the phone with Vertex, the company who makes the life-saving drug Kayledeco Madi needs to save her lungs from scarring, and her life. The tweet say Madi's mother just got off the phone with Vertex, who informed her no deal nor negotiations were done.

So Deb Matthews needs to explain immediately if a deal has been consummated to ensure Madi's drugs are covered by the province, or whether she did indeed LIE TO SCORE VOTES. If she lied, nothing Kathleen Wynne or Mathews herself could say to justify the absolute lowest gutter politics ever seen.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The List Of What Union Leaders In Ontario Are Endorsing, And It's Pretty Ugly...

 Since the 2003 Ontario provincial election, unions have been spending millions on attack ads always aimed at whoever is the Ontario PC leader of the day. In both the 2011 and now current election, Tim Hudak has been the target of their attacks. Let's be honest, if the pope was leader of the PC's the unions would be attacking him in the same manner. Both Ernie Eaves and John Tory are also victim of these partisan attacks that reflect not what's best for the province of Ontario or the rank and file these union heads represent, but what many allege are backroom deals worked out between the governing Liberal party of Kathleen Wynne and public sector unions who refuse to accept the fiscal situation of both the province and global economy.

 Now in elections past many have cut the unions some slack, as political activism has always been a part of the union movement. However, this election is unlike any other in the history of the province. Multiple police investigations of the governing party ongoing during a campaign are unheard of in Ontario's history. Scandal after scandal, billion after billion of wasted taxpayer money should be enough for any union leader to look at the other parties as viable options to support. Here's the thing, the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals have a record, a horrible, disgusting record for the past 11 years. We've all seen it. In fact during the campaign we have now seen more scandals coming into view. MaRs, Metrolinx, lawsuits with charges of bid rigging to ensure those connected to the Liberals reap billions in contracts.

 With all that said, let's take a look at what the unions are actually endorsing. As I've stated in the past, I'm willing to debate the heads of any of the unions on live tv, unscripted, to debate them on how they can support what has gone on and what will continue to go on under the Liberals and Kathleen Wynne should she be re-elected:

  • Government corruption
  • Government waste
  • Cronyism costing taxpayers billion$
  • Crippling debt and interest payments
  • Cutbacks in front line workers to offset bloated management
  • Higher Taxes
  • Higher Service fees
  • De-listed medical services
  • 300,000+ lost manufacturing jobs
  • Seniors crushed by electricity bills
  • Billion dollar cheques to corporations
  • Hiding of scandals
  • Crumbling infrastructure (11 years more deteriorated)
  • Deaths as a result of policies (ORNGE, C-difficile)
  • Denied medication, surgery for those in need.
None of the above is defensible. In fact, the union leaders who think these things are worth overlooking really speaks as to how unfit they are to be leaders, as is Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Party of Ontario. When a government is facing allegations of criminal breach of trust, can anyone really justify supporting them? I can't.

on twitter: @PaulinAjax

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ajax-Pickering Liberal MPP Joe Dickson Includes Uniformed Police Officers In Campaign Brochure

Hot on the heels of the OPP(a) debacle of running attack ads against Tim Hudak, comes today's mass mailing from incumbent Liberal MPP for Ajax-Pickering Joe Dickson. Dickson's campaign brochure came in the local Ajax News Advertiser newspaper, meaning almost every house in Ajax would receive it. One major problem though, the campaign literature shows Dickson in a photo with 3 Durham police officers, including the retiring Durham police chief, chief designate, and Durham Regional Police Staff Sergeant. Now I doubt these three officers had any idea Dickson would use this picture in his campaign literature, which puts them in the position of unwittingly violating the Public Servants Act of 2006.  Dickson needs to admit his mistake now, apologize to the three officers, and more importantly, the voters of Ajax-Pickering.

The True Health Care Legacy Of Dalton McGuinty And Kathleen Wynne

You know, every time I hear Kathleen Wynne say Tim Hudak will ruin health care I myself start to feel ill. You see, health care in Ontario already is being ruined, and it's been occurring since 2003, the year the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals came into power. I could mention the fact Mike Harris actually increased health care spending at a faster rate than the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals. I could also inform you that Mike Harris increased health care spending at a time when the Liberal federal government , under then Finance Minister Paul Martin was cutting $25 billion from health care. That would be the same Paul Martin now working on Kathleen Wynne's campaign team. Yep, the former finance minister who made the largest cuts to health care spending in Canadian history is one of Wynne's most trusted campaign advisers.

 But I don't really need to. No mention of anything is necessary to show the utter destruction of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne on our health care system in Ontario. In fact, cuts to health care under the Liberal government have taken their greatest toll on those who need it most. Seniors, the elderly who have paid their taxes and expected to be properly taken care of by their government. The sad reality is that hasn't happened. And the reason rests solely on the shoulders of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. Due to their sheer and utter incompetence in governing this province, due to their  #1 priority being to enrichen those with connections to themselves, rather than the people of Ontario, the people who they swore oath to serve and protect. Throwing billions of dollars around in scandals that put no Ontario voters interest in the forefront, but rather to keep themselves in power at any cost.

 To be 100% certain, the Ontario Liberal Party of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne have left a legacy to be felt for many years ahead, leaving societies most vulnerable citizens as nothing more than collateral damage in their own thirst for power. And that legacy I'm sad to say, is a legacy seniors will suffer and endure through no fault of their own.

Monday, June 2, 2014

OPP Attack Ads Against Tim Hudak A Violation Of Police Services Act?

I'm not sure, but it sure looks that way. Today something unprecedented happened. A police force, in this case the OPP, began to air political attack ads aimed at PC leader Tim Hudak. There a few things troubling about this story. The first point being the OPP CAO is allegedly a person by the name of Karl Walsh. That would most likely be the same Karl Walsh that ran as a Liberal candidate in the 2011 election?

And the second, even more troubling aspect is the OPP may actually be breaking the POLICE SERVICES ACT. Most notably this section:

"Authorized activities
13.  If authorized to do so by the police services board or chief of police, a municipal police officer may, on behalf of the police force,
(a) express views on any issue, as long as the police officer does not, during an election campaign, express views supporting or opposing,
(i) a candidate in the election or a political party that has nominated a candidate in the election, or
(ii) a position taken by a candidate in the election or by a political party that has nominated a candidate in the election; and
(b) subject to clause (a), attend and participate in a public meeting. O. Reg. 268/10, s. 13.

       It also has the affect of putting the OPP in a conflict-of-interest, or at least the appearance of, given the fact the OPP are currently involved in two separate criminal investigations having some connection to the Liberal Party of Kathleen Wynne.

UPDATE: It appears the OPP have pulled the video, which featured a uniformed officer and OPP cruiser, most likely a result of a violation of the rules posted above.

on twitter: @PaulinAjax

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I'm Willing To Wager Kathleen Wynne Is Desperate Enough To Use Madi Vanstone's Illness As This Election's Gas Plant Seat Buy

I think desperation is really starting to set in with soon to be former Premier Kathleen Wynne. She can't even keep her story straight with her finance minister. While she jumps in front of cameras saying she won't cut any public sector jobs, Sousa admits it's going to happen. She tries to turn another Liberal scandal, this one being the MaRs building fiasco, into a positive. I'm still trying to figure out why, if we GAVE the developer $68 million, and loaned another $240+ million, why taxpayers would pay that same $68 million we already gave to buy a building we already own, as allegations are they have already defaulted on the loan.

 Here's the thing. Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne were so desperate to win the last election, they through the taxpayers under the bus to the tune of $1.1 billion by cancelling the gas plants. So with all the scrutiny on the gas plant scandal, ORNGE, and now the MaRS Attack, Wynne needs to be creative in ways to try and buy votes again with our money. And if I was a betting man, I'd bet she's already thinking of that photo-op she can pull off with Madi Vanstone where she announces because of her Madi will now get her life-saving drugs paid for. Of course anyone whose followed the absolute disgrace that Wynne has been handling Madi and her families situation, most would treat it with the disdain it so truly deserves. And Wynne knows that. What she'll be hoping by having that photo-op is that low-information voters, and from what I've seen includes most Liberals, will either be unaware of the Liberal governments incompetent, uncompassionate, carefree attitude towards Madi's plight.

 Now there is some saving grace, that being the fact Madi and her family will finally have that financial burden of the drug costs removed from their shoulders. But the fact is this should have been a no-brainer right from the start. But it wasn't a concern, especially for Kathleen Wynne. While Wynne's been out criss-crossing the province promising millions here, billions there, Madi has been waiting. And waiting, and waiting.

 Now I would hope Kathleen Wynne isn't pathetic enough to try and use Madi's health issues for political gain, but the gas plant scandal clearly show the complete and utter lack of ethics and integrity the Ontario Liberal Party and it's leader Kathleen Wynne have. So ya, I'll make that wager. I'm gonna bet $100 that Wynne is willing to go that low. If I'm right, and Madi gets her deserved medication, I'll donate that $100 to Sick Kids Hospital. If I'm wrong, I'll gladly send that to Madi personally and ask all my followers to do the same.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Free Friendly Advice For Tim Hudak

Hey Tim. How are you? It's been a rough couple of days given the mathematical errors in the million jobs plan. Now I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I think you are sitting at a solid 33%-35% of decided voters. The bad news is that isn't enough to win you the election. Of the 3 big parties, your party is the only party that actually would give Ontario hope moving into the future. Getting the job numbers wrong is a big mistake. It's what you do moving forward that will ensure that, to quote a famous Monty Python skit, 'it's only a flesh wound.

 The million jobs plan has received media airplay since day 1. Despite the errors, it still is a great plan. Now absolutely keep mentioning it. But it's time to start focusing on the pocketbook issues. A million jobs is a great promise. Unfortunately promises made by politicians no longer carry much weight with the public, especially in Ontario where Dalton McGuinty broke pretty much every promise he made. So here's where I would focus my efforts for the next few weeks.

  • Electricity costs. This will win you the election. Hammer home the moratorium on green energy you will put in place to stop Wynne's upcoming electricity increase.
  • At the same time remind voters of companies like Magna who have publicly stated there will be no new jobs nor investment due to electricity costs.
  • Every day, in whichever city or town you are in, whenever the news cameras are on you, mention you will cancel Drive Clean if elected. The response from this at the doors is 100% positive.
  • Healthcare. Point out the fact the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals are the champions of health care cuts. Delisting eye exams, chiropractic, physio. 
  • Mention the outrage that a government handing out contracts to Liberal insiders worth $66,000 per day refuse to pay $60,000 for medication that would help Madi Vanstone for 1 year.
  • Mention cutbacks in cleaning in hospitals, as they try to balance their budgets due to bloated hospital boards.
  • Mention OPG as an example of incompetence and the reason for high energy costs. OPG has reduced manpower 8.5% and increased management 60%
  • Remind voters that roughly 10 cents per liter of gas is directly from Liberals adding hst to the price of gas.  
These are just a handful of things to use during the campaign. The campaign had great momentum at the start, much the result of getting a different message or policy out every day. Return to that, switching between the points made above, and any you feel can help. As for those errors in the jobs plan, it's important to reaffirm to voters that the plan can work. Here are a few things worthy of mention.
  • A leader of a party desperate to win an election by attacking her opponent rather than campaigning on her own governments record should be enough to convince voters it's time for change.
  • The original release of the million jobs plan stated the figures were conservative.
  • The Ontario economy has averaged 85,000 jobs created since 1977. Using that average for 8 years you get 680,000. The jobs plan listed 523,000, which looks to be, yes, a conservative estimate
  • Despite the conflict with the CBoC report, the report does still confirm job creation and economic growth resulting from both personal and corporate income tax cuts.
  • The number of jobs (4400) from developing the Ring of Fire is lower than estimates from both the Liberals and NDP.
  • The McGuinty/Wynne Liberals have been wrong with their budget estimates and job numbers every year since taking office.
  • If spending money creates jobs, how is it the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals have increased the provinces debt by close to $160 billion, while at the same time Ontario lags behind the rest of Canada in job growth?
  • Under Mike Harris Ontario created 1,175,00 (h/t Sandy:0) jobs in 8 years, some of the best growth ever seen not just in Ontario, but in the entire country through history.
The chart below really validates which party and which parties policies are best for the people of Ontario. Given the history of both the Harris years and the McGuinty/Wynne years, there really is nothing to think about. 

So Tim, feel free to call me, email me, send me a tweet. This election is winnable, it's just a matter of the right campaign using the right strategy.

on twitter: @PaulinAjax

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Liberal Finance Minister Sousa Gets Hudak's Job Numbers 100% Wrong

 Well, we all knew it was coming. Desperate actions by a corrupt and fiscally incompetent government, headed by an unelected premier who is running her entire campaign on misrepresentations and outright lies. Newest, and most damning case in point, Liberal finance minister Charles Sousa stating Hudak's job creation numbers are 95% wrong. In my opinion, that would still make Hudak far more accurate, as Sousa, and by extension Wynne's credibility should take a substantial hit if anyone takes even a cursory look at Sousa's claims, and the references he uses to make his claim.

 Let's start with EXHIBIT A. That would be the Conference Board of Canada report Sousa says shows Hudak's numbers to be 95% wrong? Interesting. Sousa claims that CBoC report states only 35,000 jobs would be created. According to the report, which I've read several times, the number is actually 64,523. So in percentages, Sousa's way off. Not as far off as the $40 million gas plant costs becoming $1.1 billion, but off by nearly double his estimate and the actual CBoC report. Now what amazes me is Sousa actually brought up the fact the million jobs plan includes expected normal job growth of 523,000 jobs created. That's what Hudak stated from day 1. So already Hudak's ahead of the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals by 64,523 jobs. Pretty impressive in itself, no? In fact CBoC report actually states the reduction in corporate and personal income taxes would result in a -0.003 reduction in Ontario's unemployment rate, which at 7.4% is above the national average and  more than a full percentage point above Mike Harris last day in office. A FULL PERCENTAGE POINT!

 For me next point, let's look at another claim by Sousa, whose credibility already appears to be on shaky ground. Sousa claims Hudak's cuts amount to $8.7 billion and will result in another recession. There are two major problems with this claim. Hudak's platform calls for a reduction in spending and public sector job reductions via attrition and contracting to offset the cuts, which would balance the budget in two years. Sousa/Wynne have made no announcements of spending or public sector reductions, and in fact the budget with which Liberals are campaigning on actually increases the yearly deficit by $3.1 billion. Hudak's tax reductions are spread out over time. In fact, the personal income tax cuts do not cut in until the budget is balanced. Now here's the thing about Sousa, when you repeatedly cite a report to make your case, perhaps you might want to actually read it. And if you have, then don't lie! While the CBoC report does indeed say provincial revenues through corporate tax reductions will be decreased, it also states "if we add the boost to provincial indirect and personal income taxes, total revenues are up by a cumulative $574 million" . If cutting taxes leads to increased revenues sounds familiar, it might be because that's exactly what happened under Mike Harris, where tax reductions increased government revenues from $48 billion to $62 billion.

 So it's becoming clearer that Sousa really doesn't have a clue. Ontario's dire fiscal situation being glaring proof. Now I should point out Hudak has never claimed the corporate and personal income taxes will create 1 million jobs in and by themselves. In fact, what he has always maintained is those tax cuts would "help" create those jobs. Hudak has mentioned electricity costs as another way of creating jobs and investment. Just weeks ago, the head of Magna, one of the largest automotive parts manufacturers globally, which provides parts to every major auto manufacturer in the world publically stated there will be no more investment or new jobs in Ontario due to electricity costs. Other companies are now stating the same thing publically. Hudak's plan to put a moratorium on green energy and instead focus on making rates affordable for business will create jobs. To put it in an easy to see perspective, adding one shift at one of Ontario's auto assembly plants would create roughly 1000 jobs. The multiplier used in the auto sector is 7 more spin-off jobs for every job in the assembly plant. That's 8 thousand jobs by just adding one shift at one plant. Which again takes us back to that CBoC multiplier.

 Hudak has also mentioned cutting bureacracy and costs as another way that he will use to create jobs, things such as WSIB premiums. Will Hudak create one million jobs? I don't know. But using Sousa's own numbers and that Conference Board of Canada report it definitely looks possible over the 8 year period has mentioned. But there's another issue at play here, and it's Kathleen Wynne and Charles Sousa's own plan for the economy. That CBoC report? It mentions numerous times the multiplier effect of job creation, government revenues and GDP growth. And it's all positive! Putting more money into business and taxpayers hands is good for the economy. Growth in every sector of the economy. And the report also mentions growth unaccounted for, such as housing as the population increases by a strong job market, which would again result in further growth.

 And now for the most damning fact of Kathleen Wynne and Charles Sousa's attack on Tim Hudak's jobs platform throw aside the fact that CBoC study is actually quite favorable to Tim Hudak, and by extension the people of Ontario. That CBoC study is based on a 1% reduction in both corporate and personal income revenues. Sousa in his news conference called it a 1% corporate tax cut reduction. It's 1% of revenues, not 1% of the rate. And the most telling part of the Liberal party and what you can expect if Wynne is re-elected? That Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will take $2.8 billion OUT OF THE ECONOMY. Just as Hudak's tax reductions have a positive multiplier effect, confirmed by the Conference Board of Canada, so to will taking $2.8 billion out of the economy. Only rather than being a positive multiplier, it will in fact be a negative. It will actually cost jobs, reduce income and increase costs for business, most notably small business.

 Sorry for being long winded, but given the facts Hudak's economic platform far outpaces the Liberal plan. In fact the studies Liberals like Sousa refer to actually backs up the claim.

UPDATE:  Mike Moffat on twitter (thanks Mike) informed me the CBoC report is a little confusing. States study is based on 1% reduction in revenues but chart actually shows 1% reduction in rate. All in all study does show an increase of jobs directly resulting from tax reductions.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Unifor Ecoconomist Jim Stanfords Critiques PC Million Jobs Plan, Pot Meet Kettle

 Seems Unifor economist Jim Stanford has a REPORT refuting PC leader Tim Hudak's million jobs plan. Of course this is the same Jim Stanford who put out a previous report claiming a1999 federal government STUDY (table A1.1) showed spending on social programs boosted the economy more than corporate tax cuts, something repeated by a recent editorial by failed NDP candidate Linda McQuaig. What he never mentioned was that federal financial document actually says the exact opposite, that corporate tax cuts have one of the largest multipliers over the longer term on job growth and the overall economy. While that federal study showed a better multiplier over a 2-year period , that was largely based on fiscal stimulus funding due to the recession.

 Now I myself have a little trouble taking someone serious when they seem to have trouble getting simple numbers straight. For example, for example, take a look at this PRESS RELEASE from Unifor on why they support the Wynne budget, notably the key point:

" the establishment of a $2.5-million Jobs and Prosperity Fund, including the development of a strategy to support advanced manufacturing"

 Anyone else catch that? That $2.5 million Jobs and Prosperity fund? Uh, it's actually $2.5 billion Jimbo! You are only off by what? Well, almost $2.5 billion. But I digress. Getting back to Stanford's latest, shall we call it, twisting of selective points from the Conference Board of Canada's report and willingly ignoring significant numbers and facts relating to the million jobs plan. The CBoC study only deals with the impact of tax cuts proposed by Hudak and their effects on job growth. I know this because after McQuaig's regurgitating of Stanford's obvious twisting of that 2009 federal study I contacted the CBoC directly.

 Here's the thing. When Stanford mentioned that 2009 federal study and twisted it to make progressive policies he endorses work better than policies put forth by those on the right, in my opinion he did so hoping and knowing people would take him at his word and not bother to actually look at the chart he quoted. And he's done so again. I invite everyone to actually read the CONFERENCE BOARD REPORT and make your own decisions about the PC Party platform I would also invite you to keep some key points in mind:

  • Wynne's Liberals own estimates are for 523,000 new jobs over the time period of Hudak's plan.
  • The 100,000 jobs being eliminated are to be done through attrition, not firing as Stanford continues to shamelessly claim.
  • Those leaving through attrition will be receiving generous government pensions and benefits, continuing to contribute to the economy.
  • Jobs eliminated through attrition allows junior employees and their families to continue working, earning good wages and working towards their own retirement. (something I would think unions are in favor)
  • The CBoC study actually shows decreased corporate and personal income tax rates will lead to INCREASED government revenues, something Stanford will never admit.
  • Ontario has a higher average unemployment rate than the rest of Canada. Apparently under McGuinty/Wynne, the economic engine of Canada has blown a piston, as it's obvious to most economists the province is struggling from massive debt and policies driving business and jobs away.
  • If Hudak's million jobs plan is overly optimistic, at least he has a plan to get the province back on track
Perhaps Stanford can crunch the numbers on Wynne's 500,000 jobs. And do so factoring in increased electricity costs, increased taxation, increased service fees, and the impending increase of interest costs on the provincial debt given the inevitable credit downgrade should Wynne be re-elected.

 Whaddya say Jimbo?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Unions No Longer Act Like Champions Of Democracy, More Like Dictators Of The Ontario Liberal Party

I've been a proud union member since 1979, helping the then CAW to organize the Lada Cars parts plant in Ajax becoming certified. I was the highest seniority union member there, until it's closure in 1986. Since that time in 1979, when I first became a union member, I've proudly stated "I'm in the union". I've been through a few strikes, served my time on the picket lines. I've acted as alternate rep. At Lada I was the health and safety rep. I've taken Chrysler through the ministry of labour more than once over health and safety issues, fighting not just for myself but also my co-workers.  I stood up to the company, the ministry of labour, and my own union when they tried to get workers back on the line knowing full well a dangerous and unsafe condition still existed. Through it all I've been loyal. I've been the vocal guy willing to speak up when others were afraid.

 But the union as I know, it, or should say knew it, has undergone a transformation that makes me ill. Through the 80's, 90's, and early 2000's unions political activities have been directed at what's best for the membership, the brothers and sisters, the ones doing the hard labour on the lines. But that's all changed. The upper echelons of the unions are now infested with people willing to give away their ethics and integrity fighting right-wing political parties for reasons far-away from reality or fact. They embrace parties embroiled in scandal, corruption, and cronyism never seen before. They damage the reputation of every dues paying member, not on facts, but on hate and misleading talking points.

 Unions used to be the embodiment of democracy. Majority votes used to make decisions, but everyones views were accepted and respected. No more. Big unions have become beholden to corrupt governments, corrupt politicians, and corrupt policies, and have done so without a passing glance to democracy they once championed. The perfect example of this is the Unifor (formerly CAW) facilities in Port Elgin.  Despite widespread opposition to construction of a wind turbine, the union plowed ahead, ignoring the voices of residents, the fact property values would decrease for many longtime residents. They went ahead knowing the government they worshipped had removed any environmental protections away from property, wildlife, and most importantly, the men, women and children who live in the area. They did so knowing a democratically elected municipal council had voted against a wind turbine.

 Sadly, the union that I always hailed as a fighter for democracy as sold it's soul, giving into it's own greed and thirst for power. Who cares if facts get in the way? Not dictators, which sadly is now the reality of what most union leaders have become in the province of Ontario.

Full story HERE

on twitter: @PaulinAjax 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Toronto Star Earns My Respect, Exposes ANOTHER LIBERAL SCANDAL

and during the election campaign. I think tommorrow Ill say yes to that paper in the drive-thru. Full story HERE.

"When patients undergo something as serious as a cancer test, they want to be assured they are getting the best care possible.
So why is the Ontario government seemingly ignoring repeated warnings that a Toronto-based medical laboratory has failed to meet quality standards for a critical cancer screening test?
That’s the question being asked by members of an influential committee mandated by the government itself to ensure the quality of lab testing for a province-wide colorectal cancer screening program.
The committee formally notified Health Minister Deb Matthews and senior Ontario health ministry officials earlier this year that Alpha Laboratories Inc. had not met quality standards for three consecutive months, starting last November.
In bluntly worded letters and emails obtained by the Star, the committee urged the government to order Alpha to immediately stop its fecal occult blood testing program and to inform doctors that their patients should be retested by labs that do meet prescribed quality standards.
Specifically, the committee is concerned about the under-reporting of patients who may test positive and should be referred for a colonoscopy.
Alpha is the only Ontario lab that has failed to pass three months in a row.
Despite the warnings, though, neither Matthews nor senior health ministry bureaucrats have yet responded formally to the committee."

The McGuinty/Wynne Record On The Auto Sector, Don't think Hudak's The One We Need To Worry About!

So Kathleen Wynne, oops, soon to be ex-Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, thinks Tim Hudak's going to destroy the auto sector when he becomes Premier. HOW? That's the equivalent of covering a football field with landmines, telling an Ontario taxpayer to walk across it, and then saying it's their fault they got blown up. Has Wynne never heard of a search engine called Google? I've been in the auto sector my entire life. I was detailing cars and working part-time in a GM parts department at the age of 14. How could Hudak possibly do more damage than McGuinty and Wynne in the last decade.

 I was going to do a list of all the auto assembly and parts plants that have closed since 2003. Due to the sheer volume of closures and layoffs that's physically impossible. Let's look at the current situation in Ontario. When elected leader and Premier by 1100 Liberals at their convention, Wynne promised to carry on Dalton McGuinty's legacy, and she sure has. GM has already announced Camaro production, now being done in Oshawa, is moving to Michigan. That's the U.S. state that undercuts us using far cheaper electricity rates, not by their own generation, but by getting ours for 2.5 cents per kwh, due to the McGuinty/Wynne Green Energy Act, the decimation of the manufacturing industry by McGuinty/Wynne, and the fact Ontario ratepayers lost $1 billion in 2013 alone getting rid of excess power on the grid. If hearing the name McGuinty and Camaro in the same sentence wrings a bell, it might be because it was one of those famous Liberal photo-ops, your tax dollar$ being spent to try and make them look good. This one cost you $235 million. Now keep in mind that this is 2006, two years before the GM and Chrysler bailout.

 Pointing out the fact GM is slated to kill off more jobs from both the flex line and consolidated line with more production heading south in the next two years is a direct reflection of what the policies of McGuinty/ Wynne have done. It's not the union's fault, and it sure as hell isn't the fault of Ontario taxpayers. The most telling comment on the state of Ontario's auto sector can be traced back to mcGuinty himself, with this quote from the GM Oshawa  announcement in 2006.

"General Motors of Canada's decision to manufacture its new Camaro in Oshawa is a resounding vote of confidence in the province and its workers, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"This decision is great news for families and businesses in Oshawa who depend on a strong and vibrant auto sector," said Premier McGuinty. "Oshawa's workers are among the most highly skilled and dedicated in the world and we're pleased that GM continues to demonstrate its confidence in our people and our province."

 So if a decision to manufacture in the province is a resounding vote of confidence, what does it say about the Liberals when GM decides those jobs are going to Michigan? Pretty self explanatory, no? The bigger problem is the lost Camaro production isn't the exception, it's the norm under the Liberals.

"It shows Ontario's share of Canada's employees has been slipping the past decade to 38 per cent today, from 39.2 per cent in 2003. As of September, there were 5.8 million payroll workers in Ontario.
All of the relative decline can be explained by what has happened in the factory sector.
Statistics Canada puts the manufacturing job losses in Ontario at 255,000 over the past decade, dropping the number of factory employees from 908,900 in January 2003 to 654,200 in September 2012. (source)
 So despite Wynne's fearmongering over Tim Hudak "destroying the auto sector", sorry Ms. Wynne, that ship has already sailed. Just recently, Magna's CEO, among others, stated their would be no more investment or jobs in Ontario due to the Liberals energy policy farce. I will say you were right about one thing  though Ms. Wynne. You certainly have carried on Dalton McGuinty's legacy. The continuation of auto sector jobs leaving Ontario is the proof in the pudding.

on twitter:@PaulinAjax

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If Kathleen Wynne's Campaign Was Named After A Movie,What Would It Be Called?

I'll start things off with Despicable Me. Any other suggestions?

A Union Leader Who Embraces A Political Party In Scandal, Becomes Part Of The Scandal Themselves

The 2006 federal election was a turning point. It was the exact point in time members of the CAW realized how little respect then CAW head Buzz Hargrove had for the members he supposedly represented. With all the lurid details of Adscam finally out in the open via the Gomery Inquiry, Buzz Hargrove did the unthinkable.

 By placing a CAW jacket on the back of Liberal PM Paul Martin, whose government was found and admitted to being the recipient of illegal kickback funds via sponsorship scandal, he forever tarnished his reputation and that of the CAW logo. So badly did Buzz misread the anger and outrage by those same workers he represented, he is now the brunt of jokes by the membership, rather than admired for the good things he did for the union membership, and he did a lot. The Conservative Party won the riding of Oshawa, with the help of Buzz's poorly thought out photo-op with the leader of a party most normal Canadians had come to despise.

 Flash forward to the 2014 Ontario election. The heads of most major unions are endorsing Kathleen Wynne, the premier of Ontario and leader of a party embroiled in so many scandals I've lost count. Imagine your union head, the one that supposedly represents you and your co-workers, endorsing a premier whose party is the subject of not one, but two OPP criminal investigations. A premier who refuses to pay $60,000 once per year for a young girls medication to prevent her lungs being scarred from cystic fibrosis, while at the same time awarding a contract just under $500,000,000 to a party insider. To put it in perspective, this is a premier who has no issue paying $66,000 per day for an Liberal insider, but cannot find it in herself to cut a one-time cheque, with our money no less, to at least get this girl get by another year.

 Imagine the head of a union endorsing a premier whose government has driven the members electricity bills up 43%, increased taxes, user fees, cut OHIP services, and been in office throughout the loss of 330,000 jobs. That, sadly, has become the norm here in Ontario. There once was a time when union members admired and respected their leaders. That time, as they say, is history.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Complete List Of McGuinty/Wynne Accomplishments

Uhh, I got nuthin.

Why Would Any Ontario Voter Want Even One More Minute Of This?

Let alone 4 more years: (originally penned by Lorrie Goldstein)

The Liberal record:
1. “We will hold the line on taxes”
 — McGuinty’s signature promise in the 2003 election campaign,
 which he shredded with a $2.6 billion tax grab, the largest in Ontario history.
 The HST, which massively extended the reach of the province’s 8% sales tax
 to such necessities as gasoline, electricity and home heating fuels, soon followed.
2. “We will not raise the debt”
 — The Liberals have doubled Ontario’s debt to $281 billion since taking office.
 Paying interest on debt, at $10.6 billion annually, is now our third-largest expenditure,
 after health and education.
3. “We will make sure the debt goes in only one direction, down” — See above.
4. “We will stop the waste of taxpayers’ dollars”
 — The Ornge, eHealth and gas plant scandals alone,
 in which billions of tax dollars were wasted, put the lie to this Liberal promise.
5. “We will respect your hard-earned tax dollars” — See above.
6. “We will balance the budget” — See above.
7. “We will live by the balanced budget law”
 — In 2003, McGuinty pledged, in writing:
 “I ... promise if my party is elected as the next government, that I will:
 Not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters.
 And not run deficits.” After the election, he broke all three promises.
8. “We will measure every investment against results.” If the Liberals had kept this promise,
 the eHealth, Ornge and gas plant scandals would never have happened.
9. “We will make sure your health care dollars are invested wisely” — See Ornge and eHealth, above.
10. “We will bring peace and stability to our schools”
 — Ontario students have just lived through a year of teacher unrest,
 including the shutdown of extra-curricular activities, over the Liberals’ belated
 attempt to rein in teacher salaries and benefits, after nine years
 of throwing our money at them.
11. “We will ensure there is transparency in public education”
 — Instead, the Liberals unleashed a controversial sex education curriculum
 with no warning to ordinary parents. Now we’ve learned
 Education Minister Liz Sandals doesn’t even read the curriculum documents she signs.
12. “We will ease gridlock with a seamless transportation network across the Greater Toronto Area”
 — After 10 years in power, gridlock across the GTA is worse than ever and
 the Liberals are making exactly the same broken promise again.
13. “We will shut down Ontario’s coal-burning plants by 2007”
  — The Liberals still haven’t closed them, now promising to do so in 2014.
14. “We will bring clean, renewable energy to Ontario”
 — Under the Liberals, wind and solar power are producing minuscule amounts of
 unneeded, unreliable, inefficient and expensive electricity,
 which has to be backed up by fossil fuels. This will, according to the Auditor General,
 cost Ontarians billions of dollars extra on their hydro bills, for decades to come.
15. “We will bring stability to Ontario’s electricity market” — See above.
16. “We will respect the views of rural constituents by giving their MPPs free votes”
 — If that was true, Liberal MPPs wouldn’t be responding to furious complaints
 from their constituents about having industrial wind turbines rammed down their throats
 with form letters.
17. “We will ensure that all developers play by the rules”
 — Unless they’re wind developers, where the Liberals took away the rights of local citizens
 to oppose wind projects.
18. “We will give real legal rights to victims of crime”
 — In 2007, Ombudsman Andre Marin described Ontario’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
 as “unreasonable, oppressive, unjust (and) wrong,” stooping so low as to
 humiliate a grieving father when he asked for funds to help bury his five-year-old daughter,
 who had been raped and murdered.
19. “We will lift the veil of secrecy on government agencies and appointments”
 — In fact, the Liberals routinely resort to obfuscation, stonewalling, misdirection and
 deceit when answering even basic questions about who does what in their government.
 Think of their farrago of lies in the gas plants scandal.
20. “We will help create jobs and spur economic growth”
 — According to the Auditor General, Ontario is losing two to four jobs for every
 “green” job the Liberals create, due to skyrocketing electricity costs.
- The EHealth scandal
- The slush fund scandal
- The lottery corp scandals
- The CancerCare scandal
- The MPAC scandal
- The Children’s Aid scandal
- The hospital consultants scandal
- The Niagara Parks Commission scandal
- The tire tax
- The electronics tax
- The cheap beer surtax
- The hidden hydro tax
- The planned hidden gas tax
- The ‘smart meter’ tax
- The ‘Eco’ tax
- The auto pension bailouts
- The Nortel pension bailouts
- No reduction in HST despite $4.3 Billion from the feds
- The forcing of WSIB on all construction owners
- The staggering increase in the Sunshine List
- The failure at Caledonia
- Selling out to the teachers & civic unions
- The blatant Nanticoke lie
- The squandering of record revenues
- The nanny-state banning of nearly everything
- The public funding of sex-changes while de-listing eye exams phsyio & chiro  <<<======
- The billion-dollar-per-year burden of Family Day
- The billion-dollar flip-flop on The Oakville gas plant
- Saddling rate-payers with billions in subsidies to Samsung & Ikea
- The various Ombudsman/Auditor-General condemnations
- Turning Hydro into a luxury for the rich
- The by-election bribery's
- The refusal to correct foreign ownership of our beer market
- The outrageous property assessments
- The stifling of private health services
- The illegal and unconstitutional secret G20 law
- The acceptance of garbage-striker extortion
- The harassing labour inspectors
- The idiotic preoccupation with homosexuality lessons for third-graders
- Dumping the blue box program onto small businesses
- Imposing blood alcohol rules that punish the innocent
- The $58 Million ‘severance’ to tax-collectors who didn’t miss a single day’s work
- Socialized daycare
- Canceling the ‘mandatory’ LHIN review & giving their CEO’s $15000 raises
- Sneaking tax-dollars into Liberals campaign team coffers
- Raising tuition & auto insurance to highest in Canada
- Sinking Ontario into Have-Not status.
-And just in time for the election: cleaner kickback scandals
-The Centre of Forensic Services cutbacks
-The Ontario Health Premium
-The Introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax
-Wynne's brother-in-law appointed as $210,000/year interim eHealth CEO
-The London CAS charged $1.4M for false accusation and deleting documents
-David Peterson, brother-in-law of Deb Matthews,
  appointed Pan American Games organizing committee chair
-Health Minister Deb Matthews blames doctors for nursing homes drugging residents at an alarming rate
-The Ring of Fire fiasco
-The 500+ deaths in hospitals with c. difficile and then all reports on the quality of care
 made subject to privacy legislation
-Wynne's wife owns 50% of a consulting company that gets government business - including Ministry of Health
-The numerous CAS problems identified by Provincial Auditor General include luxury vehicles,
 resort vacations, etc.
-The lack of oversight regarding how often babies die in unregulated child care
-The lack of enforcement of education law by the Ministry of Education
-The billions in subsidies to Samsung and Ikea
-The Northlands fiasco - more costly to shut down than to operate
-The huge severance packages and bonuses paid out by taxpayer dollars
-The creation of the Ontario College of Trades
-The Solid Gold scandal
-The AGCO decision disallows contract brewers like left field brewery at events that are
 licensed with a Special Occasion Permit (SOP)
-The Full Day Early Learning - Kindergarten Program
-The Drive Clean Program changed to cost more
-The 21,000+ adults and children with developmental disabilities on wait lists
-The proposed hospital and winery grant to to win another by-election (fails)
-The minimum wage increase concerns
-The $1.4B Windsor Parkway's serious safety flaws from substandard materials
-Mike Crawley awarded $456M wind contract while Liberal Party president
-The $2.5B lawsuit from cancellation of turbines of Scarborough shore which
 saved 2 Liberal seats and led to WTO ruling
-The mishandling of the outlaw of pit bulls
-The $10 tax on tax increase on license plate stickers every year for the past 3 years
-The introduction of a “modest” 70% increase on the heavy truck licensing sticker fees.
-The lack of provincial action regarding the Law Society of Upper Canada that
 does not protect the public from lawyers who steal from their clients.
-Millions spent to remove the "C" from OLGC - to redesign our Provincial logo
 while at the same time telling us that $5 was more than enough to feed seniors
 in a nursing home every day
- $4 billion dollars taken from the debt retirement charge fund, thereby adding 5 more years
  to the payoff time
-The whole new division of civil servants when McGuinty hired people all over Ontario to plan
 bus routes for school kids - before that it was done FREE by the school bus companies
 and school management - a mess because McGuinty's people sit in a room with a map and school
 bus companies drive the route to make sure it's safe for kids but McGuinty's people don't know
 what side of the road the sidewalk is on - total chaos and we now pay more people for a terrible job.
-The Liberal's clean air reports over the years. They change the data from year to year,
 and explain that away as "updated information". So for example, if you superimpose the
 new data over the old, what they claim as a reduction in emissions, is actually stagnant
 straight line. Nothing but a constant barrage of lies, lies and more lies.