BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Keeping Ms. Wynne As OLP Leader

This is from an email from Ontario Proud, who may be a PCPO front group: And it’s true.  I cannot see a party led by some coup leader doing better than the current leader. As for recent polls, McGuinty was down 15% back in 2011, which is similar to today’s numbers after inflation.  And if ...

the reeves report: Mississauga mayor urges government to move on from gas-plant hearings

Outspoken Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion lit up the Standing Committee on Justice Policy at Queen’s Park Thursday morning with testimony on the government’s 2011 decision to cancel a proposed gas plant in a residential neighbourhood. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion Though a witness called by the Liberal government, McCallion was blunt in her appraisal of the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: When Green Energy Meets Endangered Species In Ontario

…you get something like this decision from the Environmental Registry, allowing Grand Valley Wind Farms Inc. to build nine wind turbines in the Township of East Luther Grand Valley on Bobolink habitat.  The restrictions seem quite elaborate, and involve “more than mitigation measures or “replacing” what is lost”, for example providing and maintaining 12.5 hectares of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: MikeHudak/Tim Harris

Ontario News Watch has been gradually expanding beyond simple news aggregation into investigative jurnalism, with occasionally impressive results.  For example, this story: Directly contrary to what PC leader Tim Hudak’s advisors have been saying publicly for two years, a number of former Premier Mike Harris’ so-called “Whiz Kids” were involved at the highest levels of ...

CalgaryGrit: The Fall and Rise of Dalton McGuinty

If I told you a few months ago there would be a picture of Dalton McGuinty waving on newspaper front pages October 7th, you’d have assumed it would be on the Sun, directly below a “GOODBYE! GOOD RIDDANCE!” headline . After all, when the unofficial campaign kicked off this spring, McGuinty was 10 or 15 ...

the reeves report: Ontario votes to amble into the twenty-tens

Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty – Image Courtesy of the Globe and Mail For an election that was about as little as an election can possibly be about, last nights results brought more change to Ontario than many anticipated. And despite the set election dates we have in Ontario, Ontarians should not expect to wait until ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Quick Notes

…on the Ontario Election results. 1) Folks weren’t that angry after all.  The opposition here–as opposed to B.C.–to the HST was never more than muted.  That was the first sign to those who were looking.  The cost of Hydro as an election issue?  That always struck me as a bit of a snore.  And Hudak’s attempts ...

CalgaryGrit: Majority-ish

With nearly all the votes counted, here’s how it looks: Lib 53PC 37NDP 17 Which, as you will hear about fifty billion times this weekend, leaves the Liberals one seat shy of a majority government. However not all minorities are created equal, and failing to win that last seat isn’t the complete failure many will ...

CalgaryGrit: Ontario Votes

I won’t be providing many updates tonight, but will offer some thoughts before heading off to bed, with the mandatory post-mortems coming tomorrow. By all means, share your thoughts in the comments section as the results roll in.

CalgaryGrit: Ontario Votes

Ontarians head to the polls today, with the two parties deadlocked a Liberal majority looming a PC victory likely the outcome still up in the air. I’ll be voting for Dalton McGuinty. No surprise there. But I still want to take a moment to explain why, because I truly believe this is a government deserving ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: MTHIRTY Pulls Down Another Fake Enviro-Blog

MTHIRTY is the marketing firm behind the PWU’s (Power Workers Union) social media campaign against the McGuinty Green Energy Act.  Part of this campaign involved creating a number of fake blogs touting the PWU’s stance on AGW and sustainable energy.  Yesterday evening, two of these, Enviralment and Envirogy, went down for “maintenance” and have not come ...

CalgaryGrit: “The Tories are not going to win. This campaign is all but finished"

Those are the words of Ipsos’ John Wright. If Tim Hudak is worried about a Liberal-NDP coalition, there’s only one way to prevent it at this point – and it’s not by voting PC. Ipsos (Sep 30 to Oct 3; n = 1200 phone)Lib 41%PC 31%NDP 25%Green 3% Nanos (Oct 1 to 3; n = ...

the reeves report: Ontario Votes 2011: Getting back to the Meat and Potatoes of Governing

Image Courtesy of the National Post Well, here we are. The Ontario provincial election is two days away, and the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are locked in a dead heat, continuing to make election promises at the 11th hour; the House of Commons in Ottawa has been in session for weeks now with Stephen Harper’s ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Let us make one thing perfectly clear

Ontario is parliamentary democracy, albeit within it’s own constitutional jurisdiction. As such it is the Ontario legislature that determines who will be in the government and form the Cabinet. As in all parliamentary democracies a government is legitimate if, and only if, it has the confidence of a majority in the legislature. This majority can ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ontario Progressive Conservatives Go Gay Bashing

The article from Xtra in fairly in-depth. The most interesting bit: Liberal spokesperson Alicia Johnston says the flyers were distributed in English and Punjabi in a Brampton grocery store… …which reminds me of this incident from the Toronto mayoral race, in which somebody ran ads on Tamil Radio bashing (gay) candidate George Smitherman.  Clearly, there ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Monday Morning Notes

 Junk-mail: this piece of homophobic drivel is circulating in a number of Brampton ridings.  It has been officially sanctioned the the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (note the boilerplate text at the bottom).  It is bullshit: parents are informed at the start of every semester re the “equity topics ” that will be covered during the term (see page ...

CalgaryGrit: The Sun Won’t Come Out For Hudak

The Toronto Star’s endorsement of Dalton McGuinty shouldn’t surprise anyone. Yes, they were briefly the “Orange Star” this spring, but anyone who has read their Ontario election coverage saw this one coming a mile away. Today’s Globe endorsement is likely a bit more meaningful – at least, if you think newspaper endorsements mean much of ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: My Vote Compass Results – Ontario Election 2011

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Who’s Endorsing Rocco Rossi?

…actually, they’ve gone PCPO down the line, it looks like.  That’s JDL-Canada–the guys that made allies of Stephen Lennon, leader of that gang of neo-Nazis, pedophiles, and crack heads that is the English Defense League, who is now looking at slammer time for assault.

CalgaryGrit: The Morning After

Last night was the lone televised debate of the Ontario election campaign. With the vote too close to call, a lot was riding on it, and after last night… …not a heck of a lot changed. I have a hard time seeing how anyone would actually change their mind as a result of last night’s ...

CalgaryGrit: Ontario Debates

No one knows who will win the Ontario election, two of the three leaders remain virtual unknowns, and the campaign still lacks a ballot question. Yet somehow, without warning, Ontario finds itself just 9 sleeps away from Voting Day. So tonight’s debate will be important. I’ll be live-blogging the festivities starting at 6:30, and will ...

the reeves report: Taking election polls with a grain of salt

Queen's Park in Toronto In advance of the leader’s debate tonight, two competing polls have come out in recent days that indicate both PC leader Tim Hudak and Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty are leading in voter intentions. This means two things: that this race is likely closer than anyone anticipated two months ago, and that ...

the reeves report: Parking taxes and road tolls: the politics of misdirection

York South Weston MPP Paul Ferreira I have an important announcement for all political parties – not every comment made by every individual opposition candidate can or should be used as a stand-in for opposition policy as a whole. Because people are not dumb, they see through it, and you end up looking silly. Case ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: PCPO Campaign In A Nutshell

…tearing down stuff they don’t like.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: More Dirty Business: Who Funds Wind Concerns Ontario, Part II

According to Elections Ontario, if you want to spend over $500 getting word out on your issues during a provincial election, you have to register as a third party advertiser.  We know that Wind Concerns Ontario, the anti-wind-energy group with connections to Climate Change Denialists, has bought billboards: But they have not, as yet, registered as ...