Affordable child care remains uncertain for many Ontarians

$10-a-day child care plan least efficient, most expensive and complex way to tackle affordability

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many OntariansThe rising cost of living is doing a number on family budgets. In response, the federal government recently released its “affordability plan” that includes the previously announced child-care fee reductions under its Canada-wide $10-a-day plan. In May, some Ontario families had expected to see reduced child-care fees and a partial refund backdated to Apr. 1.…

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dime

It’s time for taxpayers to get out of the political party welfare business

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dimeOntarians should listen for a giant sucking sound from Queen’s Park. Now that the election is over and MPPs know that they don’t have to directly answer to voters for another four years, you can bet that Ontario’s political parties will team up once again to funnel even more money from taxpayers’ wallets into party…

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second term

His fiscal record is no better than that of the Liberal government he replaced

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second termOntario Premier Doug Ford is surely celebrating his decisive re-election victory. But Ford should not be complacent. He was re-elected despite his record, not because of it. It’s worth remembering former premier Kathleen Wynne won re-election in 2014. She wrongly took her re-election as a go-ahead from voters to pursue her spend-happy agenda. But four…

What Alberta conservatives may not learn from Ford

Looking to Ontario for clues on how to turn its fortunes around fraught with uncertainties

What Alberta conservatives may not learn from FordImagine a provincial premier who is wildly unpopular with voters. An election is still some time away, but pundits are already speculating the incumbent conservative party could suffer a bloodbath. As the conservative government lunges from one fumble to the next, their leader just can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth. The NDP opposition…

Low voter turnout doesn’t negate Doug Ford’s huge victory

Simply put, NDP and Liberal supporters found nothing of value in their parties' platforms

Low voter turnout doesn’t negate Doug Ford’s huge victoryOntario Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives were triumphant in the June 2 election. That hasn’t stopped their critics and opponents from pouring cold water on this impressive victory for something not of their own making. The PCs won 40.82 per cent of the vote and 83 of the 124 contested seats. This was…

Beware the writ being dropped on an incumbent

Canadians tend to apply some odd words and phrases to our politics and they often make no sense

Beware the writ being dropped on an incumbentOkay everyone, it’s time for political trivia. Of the 124 provincial ridings in Ontario, how many incumbents are running in the June 2 election? The answer is zero. Hold on. If there are members of provincial parliament (MPPs) running in this campaign, and all four major party leaders held a seat in the previous legislative…

Ontarians footing the bill for election attack ads

The taxpayer-funded gravy train that just keeps on giving

Ontarians footing the bill for election attack adsIf you don’t like the idea of burning piles of cash in your living room fireplace, the way political financing works in the province of Ontario will make your blood boil. With election day a week away, millions of Ontarians are being forced to watch political ads that make them want to stop paying their…

Ontario taxpayers set to choose from three unpalatable options

All three major party leaders are promising to run record-high deficits

Ontario taxpayers set to choose from three unpalatable optionsWhen election day arrives, it appears as though Ontarians will have a choice in which poison pill to swallow: record deficits with Premier Doug Ford, Liberal leader Steven Del Duca, or NDP leader Andrea Horwath. It’s an unfortunate consensus: the three major party leaders are promising to run record-high deficits. But no matter what Ontario’s…

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an egg

No concrete plan to balance the books and no tax relief for middle-class families

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an eggThere’s one bright spot in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s budget. He announced plans to cut taxes for low-income Ontarians, saving over one million taxpayers up to $850 next year. This will serve as much-needed relief for taxpayers who badly need it in the wake of record-high inflation and soaring living costs. But that’s where the…

Politicians should look to tax relief to boost affordability

Ontarians need relief, and they need it urgently

Politicians should look to tax relief to boost affordabilityAffordability is the elephant in the room as Ontario approaches this June’s provincial election, and it’s time for Ontario’s politicians to address it before they get trampled. All three of Ontario’s major political parties plan to speak to the issue of affordability in their platforms. The Ford government has been busy eliminating user fees for…
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