How to restore Ontarians’ faith in the democratic process

These three key accountability reforms a good place to start

How to restore Ontarians’ faith in the democratic processWith trust in government having declined significantly over the past two years, it’s well past time for politicians to try to regain the confidence of the people they’re supposed to represent. Three key accountability reforms would make major strides in that direction. It’s time to end taxpayer handouts for political parties, stop giving more generous…

Ontario Premier has stalled long enough on gas tax relief promise

Cut the gas excise tax and deliver meaningful savings to everyday Ontario families

Ontario Premier has stalled long enough on gas tax relief promiseThe countdown is on to get a gas tax cut in the province of Ontario. Late last year, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he would keep his promise to cut the provincial gas excise tax by 5.7 cents per litre, nearly four years after he first made the commitment to Ontario voters. After years of…

Last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions serve no one

The never-ending stream of government flip-flops in policy and strategy must end

Last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions serve no oneThe year is only a few days old but some Canadians are ready to kick 2022 to the curb. The reason is a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions imposed due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Quebec was the first province to experience a significant increase in daily cases. Premier Francois Legault announced a…

Ontario’s political welfare program is alive and well

Using the pandemic as a weak excuse to justify raiding the treasury

Ontario’s political welfare program is alive and wellIf your wallet feels lighter, it’s not just because of the rising cost of living and inflation. Ontario’s political parties have teamed up to take $14 million out of taxpayers’ pockets this year, and they’re just getting started. Back in 2014, former premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the per-vote subsidy. Under Wynne’s plan, political parties would…

Ontario taxpayers tired of waiting for Ford to deliver

It’s time for Ford to lay out a plan to balance the provincial budget

Ontario taxpayers tired of waiting for Ford to deliverIn case Premier Doug Ford is one of those last-minute holiday shoppers who doesn’t like the mall, Ontario taxpayers have some stocking stuffer ideas the Ontario government needs to deliver. The best gift ideas are presents that Ford should be very familiar with since they were in his party’s 2018 election platform. After years of…

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to business

The government’s lack of due diligence another blow to Ford's credibility

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to businessTaxpayers have good reason to be frustrated with Premier Doug Ford’s handling of Ontario’s finances. The auditor general’s recent report shows just how cavalier the Ontario government has been in writing cheques from the taxpayer chequebook. The government of Ontario’s emergency pandemic response put thousands of businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, and thousands of…

How Ontario squandered a debt-free future

How did the province stray so far off course?

How Ontario squandered a debt-free futureThe numbers are a bit shocking: if successive Ontario governments had been just a little prudent with money, the province’s massive debt would be exactly zero. Instead, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a few weeks ago that Ontario’s government debt now exceeds $400 billion. Rather than being the envy of other provinces, Ontario today is…

Ontario Liberal proposal for women-only nominations is just stupid

Does the party really believe women can't win in a fair fight against men?

Ontario Liberal proposal for women-only nominations is just stupidPolitical parties propose and support many policies and ideas. Some ideas are top-flight and beneficial to their political fortunes. Others seem good in theory, but may require additional tinkering or minor adjustment(s). Still other ideas may turn out to be untenable, or require a significant overhaul or have to be abandoned. Then there are ideas…

When it comes to cutting taxes, Ford is the emperor that has no clothes

It’s time for Ford to do the job he was sent to Queen’s Park to do

When it comes to cutting taxes, Ford is the emperor that has no clothesWhen Ontario Premier Doug Ford was running for office, he promised to deliver tax relief for Ontario families and businesses. “We have a very simple theory,” said Ford during the 2018 provincial election campaign. “Put money back into the taxpayers’ pocket instead of the government’s pocket, because we believe that the taxpayers are a lot…

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending binge

Ontario’s politicians have to stop spending like drunken sailors

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending bingeOntario Premier Doug Ford needs to end the province’s 15-year-long spending bonanza. Ford continues to rule out spending cuts to help balance the budget, but he shouldn’t. To contextualize Ontario’s history of reckless spending, take yourself back to 2007. The first-ever iPhone was just released. U.S. President George W. Bush in the White House. And…

Ontario’s minimum wage fails on all fronts

Ever-higher minimum wages are pricing more people out of the job market and reducing economic opportunity

Ontario’s minimum wage fails on all frontsMinimum wages are on the rise again in Ontario. As of Oct. 1, the province’s incessant central planners have not one but six higher price controls for labour. These hurt the most vulnerable Canadians and do the bidding of unions. However, vociferous proponents delude themselves into thinking they have the moral high ground and are…

On economics, Ford is the new Wynne

His transformation – at least on economic policy –  is finally complete

On economics, Ford is the new WynneThe transformation of Doug Ford into Kathleen Wynne – at least on economic policy –  is finally complete. Ford’s earlier promises to cut personal and corporate income taxes have gone unfulfilled. Ford said he would scrap corporate welfare, but even excluding pandemic-related relief, corporate welfare continues unabated, and no real effort was ever made to…

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promises

Ford outspent former premier Kathleen Wynne even before COVID-19 hit the province

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promisesThe clock is ticking on Ontario Premier Doug Ford. He promised Ontarians “the party is over with taxpayers’ money.” Now he needs to keep his promise to get spending under control before time runs out and the next election starts. While some may argue that Ford has not had a chance to fix the province’s…

How to put an end to bad government decisions

Bad government decisions have one thing in common: lack of independent oversight

How to put an end to bad government decisionsA litany of disastrous government decisions in Canada have sometimes cost lives and definitely many billions of dollars. The list is long: effectively cancelling the Global Public Health Intelligence Network; the failure to implement the pandemic preparedness protocols developed by the federal government’s public health officer; the Alberta government’s disastrous ‘investments’ in the Keystone XL…

Ontario throne speech a short-sighted vision statement

To rule out cutting spending anywhere is a major disservice to Ontario taxpayers

Ontario throne speech a short-sighted vision statementIt’s odd to use a throne speech to outline the government’s lack of vision. While the recent throne speech predictably focused on COVID-19, the only significant non-pandemic promise was a pledge to balance the budget relying solely on economic growth, with no spending cuts or tax increases. In other words: the Ontario government has no…
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