Calgary Grit: OLP Leadership Update

While Federal Liberal leadership aspirants are free to subject their candidacy to a year-long striptease before declaring, Ontario Liberals do not have the luxury of time. With the membership cut-off in just four weeks, there’s little time to play coy. Yasir Naqvi mulled it over for a few days before deciding to bide his time ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Unfair exemptions to employer health tax cost province $2.4 billion annually

Focused on austerity, the government appears to be ignoring tax policies that have the potential to bring in billions to the provincial treasury. The ruthless slashing of public sector funding – including the current freeze on base funding to Ontario’s … Continue reading →

Calgary Grit: After 16 Years of McGuinty, What’s Next for OLP?

Sixteen years ago, Dalton McGuinty won the Ontario Liberal leadership race at 4:30 am, after 5 rounds of voting. Always one to defy expectations, McGuinty worked his way up from 4th place over the course of 9 hours in what was truly one of the wildest leadership conventions in Canadian history. Although it’s almost impossible ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospitals: Who is earning more than the $418,000 proposed BPS salary cap?

The Ontario Hospital Association is disappointed again. This week Dwight Duncan announced the government’s intention to cap salaries for new employees in the broader public sector – including hospitals – to $418,000 a year, or double Dalton McGuinty’s salary. The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Reality checks in – austerity plan based on exaggerated deficits

In February we attended a forum hosted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives looking at the manufactured crisis the Liberals are using to bring in a far-reaching austerity agenda. At the time, we noted that Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Summer election may be fought over sneaky clause in budget bill

Dalton McGuinty is threatening to pull the plug on his own government after the opposition parties amended his budget bill yesterday in the legislature’s finance committee. Like the Harper government budget bill, the McGuinty government inserted a large number of … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: David Orazietti takes an unwarranted shot at Coalition’s Natalie Mehra

David Orazietti does protest too much. The northern Ontario MPP took a shot May 30th at Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, in what his press release calls the “15-city fear mongering tour.” Orazietti says Mehra is personally “taking … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Stories we couldn’t let pass by this week

CCACs hire 144 direct care nurses This month the government announced 900 new nursing positions to come from their 2007 commitment to 9,000 new nurses for the health system. Among them are 144 nurses who will go into the schools … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Seismic Activity Reported In Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England

In one of the best examples of doublespeak I have encountered in a long time, Ontario Finance Minister had this to say about wage freezes and bargaining rights yesterday: “Bargaining in good faith is not only the right choice to make, the Supreme Court of Canada requires it,” the finance minister said, emphasizing the goal ...

Impolitical: Cooperative federalism in action

As exercised by one of our intrepid cabinet ministers: Mr. Duncan described the provinces as being blindsided by Mr. Flaherty behind closed doors. “He put the document in front of us and said, ‘This is the way it’s going to be,’” the Ontario Finance Minister said. “We all kind of paused; we all looked at ...

Impolitical: Health care trial balloon

I think that’s what today’s Ibbitson column on future health care funding must be, a trial balloon. It is probably positioning by the Harper pros in advance of health care discussions starting this week between Flaherty and provincial finance ministers and that continue early in the new year with Harper. This is hard line: …finance ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Occupy Movement: More Wisdom From Star Readers

I wrote the other day that I normally refrain from excerpting large chunks of text from other sources, but here I go again, this time a reproduction of letters from perceptive Toronto Star readers on why we should be thankful for the Occupy Movement. I was especially struck by B Byron’s reminder of the federal ...

the reeves report: Ontario should brace for cuts ahead of March 2012 budget

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. Matt Gurney in the National Post lays it on a little thick when he calls the Ontario Liberals – and Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan in particular – “financially illiterate” for their recent announcement that the province will bring in roughly $1B less ...

Politics and its Discontents: Andrea Horwath, Tim Hudak: Unlikely Allies

“Outrageous proposals for new spending and reckless tax giveaways like these are unacceptable.” So says Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, in high dudgeon over the intention of NDP leader Andrea Horwath, and supported by Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, to introduce a private member’s bill to remove the provincial portion of the HST from home ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Tax on Financial Transactions

The Globe and Mail has an online story reporting Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s adamant opposition to any consideration of a tax on financial transactions at the G20. Although the article doesn’t provide details, most of what I have read about such a measure would involve the following: 0.1 per cent tax on transactions of ...