Scott's DiaTribes: Watching the Ontario election campaign

Yes, that has already started. You know an election campaign has started when political ads attacking other parties or promoting your own come along on the television. In the federal Conservative Party’s case, they were in seemingly permanent campaign mode for years while they had a minority. Here in Ontario though, we have a fixed date election – one that the government actually sticks to. The opening salvo of that appears to have been during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals back on Wednesday, when Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives let loose an ad on the unsuspecting populace.

It will be interesting to see when the Ontario Liberals […]

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Peace, order and good government, eh?: Fire them all

This isn’t the first time I’ve suggested we should just turf everyone in the House of Commons and start over. But this is a brand new parliament and it only took a couple of weeks. As The Hill Times points out, Sheila Fraser, the outgoing Auditor General, just finished urging much closer scrutiny of government spending by MPs. But while they all profess to have the greatest respect and admiration for Ms Fraser, they have no interest in listening to her. The government and the opposition parties are facing criticism for a snap unanimous motion they passed on June 3 that means $250.8-billion in government spending estimates for the next year will not be scrutinized as Parliamentary rules normally require by the 24 House committees. … The motion that passed with unanimous consent–although Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands, B.C.) told The Hill Times on Thursday she had no idea the procedure took place and was not informed beforehand–temporarily changed the House Standing Orders to designate the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee as the scrutineer of all 519 pages of main estimates and that a report on its work would be "deemed" to have been submitted by this…

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The Baseline Cowboys

I was walking down Baseline Road on Wednesday afternoon when I came across some happy dudes sitting on a couch with a sign that said “Spread the awesome.” They had a Vancouver Canucks jersey too.

So I stopped to talk to them.

“Whatcha doing?” I asked.

They told me that they do this […]

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