Babel-on-the-Bay: Stephen Harper’s legacy is his ego.

If an historian a hundred years from now writes a book about Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister it is more likely to be on the man’s ego than any accomplishment while in office. That is too bad. Stephen Harper had it in him to do much while in office but it is his ego that denies ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Why Horwath has Wynne’s Whigs worried.

It has not been a well kept secret. The Queen’s Park Whigs are worried. They cannot seem to understand why Ontario voters like New Democrat Andrea Horwath more than the Whig’s Wynne. And if they do not figure it out soon, the Whigs days are numbered. Ontario has now had a year of Kathleen Wynne ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mastering the mayoral marathon.

The most daunting marathon in the New Year is the long-running campaigns for mayors and other municipal candidates in Ontario cities. Technically, your campaign cannot start before registration, which opened January 2. It ends on election day, October 27. There are those such as Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford who are always campaigning anyway and registered ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Selling the LCBO: A primer for MPPs.

This is not ideological. It has nothing to do with right or left wing politics. Selling the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to private citizens has nothing whatsoever to do with the private versus public sector. It is a simple question of good economics and what is the best system of distribution for the citizens ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Some political thoughts on 2014

You don’t need a crystal ball to guess, That 2014’s gonna be a political mess. Those city, province, federal hopefuls, Will make promises by the bucketfuls.   Years of campaigns don’t reveal it all, You never know who will win or fall. Nor do we come last amongst fallible. Pollsters we find are far more ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Sex education for the Harper government.

The Supreme Court gave a gift recently to the Conservative Government that will keep on giving. It is the opportunity for Stephen Harper and his friends to learn about sex. They seem to be a very repressed bunch of people and any new learning on this subject should be welcome. And they will be tested ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Should auld acquaintances be forgot?

This is a look at political baggage Canadians are dragging into the New Year. And none is more fascinating than Nigel Wright. The former chief of staff to the prime minister has been keeping his own counsel long enough. Is there a six figure book deal in the offing? Could there be vindication for Stephen ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Pension poaching on federal preserves.

That is an interesting strategy. We are supposed to ignore the blunders of the last ten years. Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is going to run for re-election as premier on a strategy of fixing federal pensions. Lord knows, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) needs fixing but this might not be waters in which she ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bitterness of the bitumen battle.

Reading a story this morning about New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair and the upcoming battle for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the next federal election was less than enlightening. If Tommy really believes what he said to the reporter, he is, as we used to say: Dreaming in Technicolor. Tommy’s support for the Enbridge ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is there hope for Ontario condo owners?

With more than a million Ontario voters living in condominiums, you would think that condo owners would get more attention from Ontario politicians. You might even think that some of those politicians who are not in power would consider that condominium owners deserve ownership rights. The problem is that these political nitwits still think of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Glad tidings from Regg Cohn of the Star.

You just hate to be the curmudgeon who is always complaining about those damn filthy, smelly beer stores in Ontario. A complainant can feel lonely. You start to doubt yourself. You feel guilty. You begin to think that you are the only person in this God-forsaken province who knows that Ontario is run by a ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: More thoughts on tidings from the Hair.

Taking a second look at that awful, overdone and trite Christmas message from the Prime Minister on Global was sad. Knowing that he was born and raised in Toronto did not allow him to use a down-east “Well look,” in every second sentence. He reminded you of the old joke about when you can tell ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Tidings of comfort and joy from the Hair.

The Hair was in his environment. Every lock was in line. The light touch of make-up was set to the softer lighting. It was time for the Prime Minister’s holiday greetings to his nation. It was time to tell the peons how it is going to be. This was the Shaw Media version of kiss-up ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Canada’ military at war with Tories.

It is one of those times when you need retired generals to lead the charge. The war, at this time is with the government that pays them. And it is all about Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s balanced budgets. Flaherty—the Grinch—is taking another two billion from the military’s $20 billion to balance his 2015 budget and ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Kiss-off for Kitimat.

Surprise, surprise: The jewel of Canada’s beautiful Pacific Coast is now to be a commercial port for supertankers carrying tar sands bitumen to the Orient. Did you think the exercise would end otherwise? When the Conservative government makes a mockery of democracy, ignores our environment, chooses the panel and reserves all decisions to itself, did ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Why would Wynne want by-elections?

Obviously Premier Kathleen Wynne was not listening to the results of the last provincial by-elections in Ontario. She wants to stick her neck in a noose in two more. The lady is not a fast learner. The five by-elections in the summer left the Liberals behind and demonstrated the frustration the public feels with the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: This must be why Harper holds on.

There have been conflicting opinions about whether Stephen Harper is going to stay on as prime minister to fight another election. In some cases, his expected departure might just be wishful thinking. While there is well reasoned logic as to why he might step aside at this juncture, the truth is that it is his ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Jim Flaherty: one sick leprechaun.

The federal Finance Minister was spreading nothing more than germs at the Meech Lake meeting yesterday. He was probably high on amphetamines, his nasal passages completely blocked and one step away from falling down, only wishing he was dead. He probably should not have been there. It was not a medical emergency but he was ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Making it one simple idea.

An election campaign usually comes down to be one basic proposition. If the perception of this proposition is not obvious, the news media will often pick something. What most political observers agree on about this is that while the political parties would like to choose this one thing, they rarely do. It is reasonable at ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Business as corporate citizens.

Do you know why Heinz closed its Leamington plant? Or why Kellogg closed its London, Ontario plant? The plants were old. They had been there for a long time. We are just not privy to the decision making process of a board of directors in another country. Why should they care about Canadian jobs? And, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Making a sham of fair elections.

The third party advertising in Ontario has already gone too far. Now the Conservatives are proving it is a sham. And it is hardly to their credit. A new group, calling themselves “Working Canadians” has emerged to counter the so called “Working Families.” Neither group is particularly subtle in letting people know where they stand. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The squeeze on the political middle.

If the Liberal Party of Canada thinks it is going to please the middle class with its policy plans, it is deluded. The party cannot even define middle class. The Liberals who gather in Montreal for the party’s biennial convention and policy fest on February 20, 2014 have a single objective: to win the country ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Time for the Tory backbench rebellion.

It is the last chance for the drones of parliament. They can either rebel now or fade away with their ill-fated Conservative Party of Canada. Those who have done nothing before or during the time of a majority have a last chance to stand on their hind legs and speak for their constituency. They hardly ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Conceiving a caring Canada.

Your country is like your garden. It takes care, cultivating, weeding and the approval of others to make it a source of pride. And if Canada is your garden, it is showing a serious lack of care and concern. And everyone has to care. There is no exception. No one is too busy. If you ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: On getting e-mails.

There was an executive decision years ago when this blog started that there is little need to waste time editing comments from others. To be fair, your writer also does not waste time commenting on the inane ramblings of other blogs. You only need read the occasional blog to see what others are saying. While ...