Babel-on-the-Bay: Something borrowed, something blue.

Watching the news conference events last week at Toronto’s Liberty Village, you could not help but note what a modern setting it would be for a wedding. This must have been just a rehearsal though as Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered their promises. They even had something borrowed to tell us ...

The Political Road Map: Housing Market…Hot, Hot, Hot Update!

Yesterday, Mayor John Tory(Toronto) met with both Charles Sousa(Provincial) and Bill Morneau(Federal), in an emergency meeting over the unsustainable hot real estate market currently in the GTA. The Three Amigo’s to save the day? While no new promises were made, the respective members of all three levels of government came together to discuss and compare ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The mad mathematics of Ontario’s Whigs.

Maybe Ontario teachers were on strike back when little Kathleen Wynne and Charles Sousa were there to learn mathematics. It would be the only excuse for the utterly ridiculous decision of the Ontario government to sell part of Hydro One and not the Liquor Control Board stores. As children, our Premier and Finance Minister must ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Two Tory budgets for the price of one.

It was Ontario’s turn this past week. How often do we get two Tory budgets at a time? On Tuesday, we had a laugh at federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s expense. And then, right on the heels, Thursday we had a budget redux from Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa. There was a new beer tax ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Pro-rating funding for PSW wages creates unintended consequences

In 2010 a provincial coalition of experts was assembled to look an integrated hospice palliative care system in Ontario. Hospices are a specialized residential facility for palliative care patients. As the coalition’s report states, “hospice palliative care is a philosophy … Continue reading →

The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was silent on Ontario’s Budget today, continuing her approach that saw her take no position on the minimum wage and pensions, labour and other progressive are speaking loud and clear that Ontario’s 2014 Budget deserves support for the people of Ontario. JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR “Things like pensions, ...

The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was silent on Ontario’s Budget today, continuing her approach that saw her take no position on the minimum wage and pensions, labour and other progressive are speaking loud and clear that Ontario’s 2014 Budget deserves support for the people of Ontario. JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR “Things like pensions, ...

The Liberal Scarf: While Horwath is silent, labour and progressive speak: The Ontario Budget deserves support

While Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was silent on Ontario’s Budget today, continuing her approach that saw her take no position on the minimum wage and pensions, labour and other progressive are speaking loud and clear that Ontario’s 2014 Budget deserves support for the people of Ontario. JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR “Things like pensions, ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Slow down in home care increases a surprise in 2014-15 budget

Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews has had a fairly consistent narrative of late – health services should be delivered closer to home, or more specifically, in the home. It’s been the justification for a lengthy freeze on hospital base budgets … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: PSW Strike: Funding restraint for wages a blunt instrument that is harming home care

Today striking Red Cross Care Partners personal support workers are at the door step of three government ministers – Deb Matthews (Health), Yasir Naqvi (Labour) and Charles Sousa (Finance). In recent days Health Minister Deb Matthews has said she wants to let … Continue reading →

Musings on Canadian Politics: Rob Ford you are responsible for the province cutting funding

Ontario’s Liberal government is cutting close to $150 million in transfer payments to the City of Toronto. The payments, which are used to fund social programs, will be cut off in 2016. City bureaucrats and politicians are trying to push back against the provincial Liberals. They argue the province made an agreement in 2008 to ...

Politics and its Discontents: For Your Sunday Reading Pleasure …

Whether or not you live in Ontario, you may find Martin Regg Cohn’s column of some interest in illustrating the fractured and uneven relationship that Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has with the provinces. Writing in the voice of Ontario residents responding to Flaherty’s finger-wagging over the MetroLinx proposal to raise the HST one point ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Little change in course for health care – more restraint ahead

Like the rest of the budget, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa did little to change the course of last year’s austerity budget with regards to health care. One thing is certain – health care is gradually shrinking as a percentage … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Could the Wynne government do a u-turn on austerity?

It didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, but last week the big banks told Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to take his foot off the brake when it comes to public sector spending. The banks argue with a … Continue reading →

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa started his first round of pre-Budget consultations in Mississauga, listening to the concerns of everyday Ontario families as he works to prepare a budget focused on creating jobs, lowering youth unemployment, and fostering growth and opportunity as the way forward. “My hope is that the members of the Opposition have ...

The Liberal Scarf: Check out my new tumblr for all my political graphic design projects!

http://williamnorman88.tumblr.com/ Featuring graphic design projects done for the Charles Sousa leadership campaign, Anita Vandenbeld’s campaign for Ottawa West-Nepean, various Young Liberal clubs, and more. I’ll be updating it from time to time as well.

Calgary Grit: Lessons Learned

Goodbye Minister of Finance Takhar. Hello Minister Responsible for Seniors Takhar. You win some, you lose some. Or so I hear. Regardless, win or lose, we can all take home valuable lessons from the OLP leadership race – and with no fewer than 5 other Liberal leadership races ongoing in Canada, these are rules all ...

Ontario Liberal leadership: on the numbers

As a Kathleen Wynne delegate to the leadership convention, I will probably take some time in trying to articulate the significance of the win and not rush into a blathering post about how freakin’ awesome it all is. (By the way, Adam Goldenberg really nailed the personal aspect in his post for Macleans.) For now, ...

Calgary Grit: Convention Math

On Saturday, Maple Leaf Gardens was a cauldron of emotions. There were tears, broken promises, dashed dreams, and shrieks of pure unadulterated joy. That’s to be expected when you bring 2,000 people with very different motivations and beliefs together, and ask them to figure out who will govern a province of over 12 million people. ...

A BCer in Toronto: Day 2 a Wynning day at #olpldr

After about two hours sleep, I made the trek downtown from Scarborough bright and early Saturday morning to see if I had a shot at being promoted from alternate to voting delegate, and would have the opportunity to casta vote for Gerard Kennedy in the Ontario Liberal leadership race. Alas, I wasn’t on the list, ...

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2013 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership

Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy | Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne Omar Ha-Redeye will be provided coverage of the 2013 Leadership Convention as an accredited blogger. Featured posts: How Wynne Just Lost My Support Jade Hip Hop Academy Opening Harinder Takhar is No Canadian Obama, but He’s Needed Austerity is the Real Story at the OLP LDR Convention Results ...

The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga News endorses Charles Sousa for Ontario Liberal Leader, says his private sector experience is "invaluable"

Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter! Follow the Sousa campaign on Twitter! A great endorsement from the major paper of Ontario’s third largest city! It’s time to put Charles in charge. We endorse Sousa, the 54-year-old MPP for Mississauga South who has held three Cabinet posts since first being elected in 2007. ...

The Liberal Scarf: Youth support from across Ontario for Charles Sousa!

Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter! I remember when I first started volunteering for Charles Sousa back in 2007. Charles had just been nominated as the Liberal candidate for the fall general election, following the departure of Tim Peterson from the Liberal caucus. Charles was a first time candidate running in a ...

The Liberal Scarf: Vote for a jobs Premier, vote for Charles Sousa at your LEM today!

He’s proven he can win. He has the business experience and financial acumen Ontario families trust. He’s put forward bold ideas for renewing our party and growing the economy. But he can’t do it without you. If you’re an Ontario Liberal Party member and live in Easter, Central, or Northern Ontario, you need to get out to ...

Calgary Grit: How They Stand

It’s been hard to get any kind of quantitative read on how the candidates stack up in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race to date. Gerard Kennedy may be leading the polls among Ontarians, Sandra Pupatello may be winning the endorsement race, and Kathleen Wynne may have raised more money dough than anyone else, but ...