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and Kathleen gives a fist pump and hollers 'You go, guy!'....

'Patrick Brown registers to run in PC leadership race'

It has been said for quite some time this is the Conservatives election to some how lose. With Patrick Brown in the mix they are trying hard...the PC’ s finally have a Liberal ( re ) running as their leader ...:Scratch-Head:

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Poll shows 49% back PCs despite leadership chaos,

Elliott was most popular pick to head up Conservatives, followed by Ford, Mulroney

  • Toronto Star
  • 19 Feb 2018
  • JAREN KERR STAFF REPORTER

Half of Ontario voters would favour the Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election, according to a new public opinion poll.

The Forum Poll surveyed 949 Ontario voters, 49 per cent of whom said they would support the PCs in the June 7 election, a jump of seven percentage points in just a few weeks.

The Liberals have the support of 24 per cent of voters, while the NDP has 19 per cent.

The results are largely due to voter dissatisfaction with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, according to Lorne Bozinoff, president and founder of Forum Research, which conducted the poll on Friday and Saturday.

“The premier doesn’t seem to connect with the electorate,” Bozinoff said, adding the party has “14 years of accumulated baggage,” including voter complaints about hydro rates and other scandals.

Respondents were given five options for candidates they would like to lead the party. Christine Elliott, a moderate who lost the 2015 Ontario PC leadership race to Patrick Brown, was the most popular at 22 per cent

She is trailed by former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of late mayor Rob Ford, at 16 per cent. Close behind, Caroline Mulroney, a lawyer and daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, earned 14 per cent.

Brown, who resigned as PC leader amid sexual misconduct allegations in January only to rejoin the race last week, had 13 per cent of respondents say he would be the best leader.

In January, CTV News reported that two women accused Brown of sexual misconduct. Brown denies the allegations and has vowed to clear his name.

Five per cent of voters picked Tanya Granic Allen, a self-described social conservative. Thirty-one per cent of respondents said they don’t know who should be leader.

A poll conducted in late January found the Tories had the support of 42 per cent of voters.

“The constant stream of media at- tention and fervour surrounding the leadership race has done nothing but help the Progressive Conservatives,” he said. “Even Patrick Brown’s reentry into the race isn’t yet showing as a negative, with just as many people saying they agree with the decision as disagree.”

Bozinoff said Elliott’s popularity stems from her being a scandal-free “brand name” that connects well with voters.

Results based on the total sample are considered accurate, plus or minus three percentage points,19 times out of 20.

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If they're reliable, the polls are sending a clear message; taxpaying people have had enough of the wynn gang and are not prepared to take a chance on letting the ndp hold the power and purse strings again. It seems that Ontario is finally waking up; hopefully the election won't come too late.

 

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it will be interesting to follow this court case.

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown sends notice of libel to CTV News

Brown accuses CTV of 'false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory' reporting

CBC NewsPosted: Feb 24, 2018 7:38 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 24, 2018 10:19 AM ET

Ontario PC Leadership candidate Patrick Brown, seen on Feb. 20, had said he wants a 'full apology' from CTV News and a retraction of a CTV story he says is defamatory.

Ontario PC Leadership candidate Patrick Brown, seen on Feb. 20, had said he wants a 'full apology' from CTV News and a retraction of a CTV story he says is defamatory. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown sent a notice of libel to Bell Media, the parent company of CTV News, late Friday night, CBC News has learned. 

Brown resigned his leadership post abruptly on Jan. 24 hours after a report emerged in which he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women dating back to when he was a federal MP in the Barrie, Ont., area. 

Howard Winkler, among the team representing Brown, confirmed that CTV had received notice. 

Brown in his suit alleges CTV engaged in "false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory" reporting on its national newscast as well as its news website. The suit names the CTV Television Network, its parent Bell Media Inc., as well as several journalists, some named and some unknown, who worked on the stories.

Brown denied the accusations from the outset and was allowed to enter the party's leadership contest earlier this week.

The former Opposition leader, who had been kicked out of party caucus by interim leader Vic Fedeli, will contest the party's leadership race along with Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen.

CTV 'stands by its reporting'

In mid-February, it was reported that one of the women, who alleges Brown asked her to perform oral sex on him, had revised some details of her story outlining her allegations against Brown. 

CTV originally said she was in high school and under the legal drinking age at the time when they met at a bar on the night in question, but later said she was in fact out of high school and was of legal drinking age. 

"In the court of public opinion and among the many journalists I've spoken to, these allegations are now seen for what they are — fictitious and malicious," Brown wrote in a Facebook post when that revision was made public. 

The woman's lawyer dismissed it as a "collateral matter" and said the accuser "stands by the truth of the core allegation."  

In his libel claim, Brown denies engaging in sexual misconduct or providing alcohol to someone under the age of 19. Brown is demanding an apology and retraction from CTV News. 

In a brief statement issued early Saturday, CTV acknowledged it has received the notice.

"CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court," it said. 

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Ontario PC Leadership Race A Coin Flip Between Ford and Elliott

28 February 2018 – (Toronto, ON) – The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership race will likely be a close race between Christine Elliott and Doug Ford, a new Mainstreet Research poll finds.

The poll surveyed 17399 PC party members between February 21st and February 26th. The respondents were asked to rank their top three choices. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 0.7% and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

“With the exit of Patrick Brown from the leadership race, Ford and Elliott look to be in a tight race to become the next leader of the PCs”, said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research.

In terms of votes among decided voters, Ford leads with 36.7%, while Elliott has 32.7% support. Caroline Mulroney follows with 20% and Tanya Granic Allen has the support of 10.6% of Conservative members.

When calculating for points per riding, Ford would get 34.8% of the points on the first ballot, Elliott would garner 33.9%, Mulroney would be at 19.6% and Granic Allen would be 11.7%.
“The chances of Ford and Elliott winning are that of flipping a coin,” added Maggi. “There are so many intangibles that will impact the outcome of this race which makes it difficult to predict.”

Also, 1000 simulations of the leadership vote using all the responses were run. Ford won 52.2% of the simulations while Elliott won 47.8%. All simulations had the vote go the full three ballots.

PC members have until March 5 to register to vote in the leadership race. Only 7000 are said to have registered as of yesterday.

“Each campaign is in a race to register as many members as they can before this Friday,” continued Maggi. “The campaign that can register the most members and get them to vote will win.”

“It could be any of the candidates – irrespective of what these numbers say.”

The poll had included Brown as an option. To accommodate Brown’s exit, those respondents who indicated that they would vote for Brown had their second choices changed to first choice.

Brown had a narrow lead over Elliott and Ford. The former leader had 25.6% support, while Elliott and Ford had 25.4% each.

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https://www.mainstreetresearch.ca/ontario-pc-leadership-race-coin-flip-ford-elliott/

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Now Official! Congratulations Sir !

Get ready for the Wynne Liberals to use every sleazy tactic in the books to try and defeat him!

He must be held to this promise!

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As expected...the slagging starts...

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/doug-will-be-doug-and-thats-not-good/article38269351/

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“ Ford’s win sends a message that endorsements from politicians and donations from well-connected elites aren’t always enough to win. The grassroots still matter, and a connection with the grassroots is what put Ford over the top.”

 

 

 

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Don't count your chickens.... This whole thing could backfire.

 

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History speaks for itself...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/tories-liberals-who-are-the-better-economic-managers/article23252879/

All this said, you'd never know it from the way Canadians view the respective parties. In most every poll out there, they rank the Conservatives as the better economic managers.

"What's the deal?' I asked Mr. Goodale. "Spin," he replied. The Tories have added countless numbers of flacks to the government payrolls, giving them a huge advantage over opposition parties in weaving tall tales. "Spin is their No. 1 priority. Policy is secondary."

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42 minutes ago, deicer said:

History speaks for itself...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/tories-liberals-who-are-the-better-economic-managers/article23252879/

All this said, you'd never know it from the way Canadians view the respective parties. In most every poll out there, they rank the Conservatives as the better economic managers.

"What's the deal?' I asked Mr. Goodale. "Spin," he replied. The Tories have added countless numbers of flacks to the government payrolls, giving them a huge advantage over opposition parties in weaving tall tales. "Spin is their No. 1 priority. Policy is secondary."

Present day Liberals.  "Spending and travel is their No. 1 priority. Policy is secondary and subject to forgetting":D 

Six More Broken Liberal Promises

Maybe you thought it was just electoral reform? Looking back at 500 days of governance.

By James Wilt 14 Feb 2017 | Desmog Canada

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/02/14/Broken-Liberal-Promises/

Andrew Coyne: Without meaning to, the Liberals have revealed all their broken promises

The Liberals' 'Mandate Letter Tracker' is already notorious, barely a day after the launch of the project

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/andrew-coyne-without-meaning-to-the-liberals-have-revealed-all-their-broken-promises

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Patrick Brown has been barred from running as a candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in the upcoming provincial election.

The PC Party announced on Thursday evening that Mr. Brown will not be an eligible candidate. The party also announced that new nomination races will be held in three ridings and that the results will be set aside in a fourth one plagued by allegations of ballot-box stuffing.

The announcements came five days after former Toronto councillor Doug Ford succeeded Mr. Brown as leader of the party. Mr. Ford had pledged to reopen many of the nomination races that ended in controversy.

 

The provincial nomination committee unanimously decided at a meeting on Thursday to bar Mr. Brown from running and to hold the new nomination races.

“I am pleased to learn of the decisions made by the provincial nomination committee,” Mr. Ford said in a statement.

 

No reason was given for rejecting the candidacy of Mr. Brown, who was planning on running for the Tories in the new riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. But the decision follows a tumultuous period for the PC Party after Mr. Brown’s resignation as leader in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct with two women. He has denied the allegations but he was also kicked out of the Tory caucus in February, leaving him sitting as an independent member in the legislature.

“After much thought, I will not be running in the upcoming provincial election,” Mr. Brown tweeted. One of the nominations that has been overturned is in the riding of Brampton North, where paralegal Jass Johal was acclaimed as the candidate in November, 2016.

The Globe and Mail has reported that Mr. Brown was in talks with Mr. Johal to sell him Aeroplan miles and a stake in a restaurant for $375,000. The talks took place just five months before Mr. Johal was acclaimed in Brampton North.

The Globe also reported that $375,000 was deposited into Mr. Brown’s personal bank account in July, 2016, a month after Mr. Johal signed an affidavit regarding the proposed deal involving the Aeroplan miles and shares in Hooligans, a restaurant in Barrie partly owned by Mr. Brown. That same month, Mr. Brown purchased a waterfront home on Lake Simcoe’s Shanty Bay for $2.3-million.

Mr. Brown has told The Globe that the deal with Mr. Johal never went through and that his family helped with the down payment on his house. Ontario’s integrity watchdog is conducting an investigation into Mr. Brown’s financial affairs, including the house purchase. Lisa Thompson, a Tory MPP and member of the provincial nomination committee, cited the continuing investigation as the reason for overturning the nomination in Brampton North. The other ridings where new nominations will be held are Newmarket-Aurora and Mississauga Centre.

Of the 56 competitive nomination races the PC Party held during Mr. Brown’s leadership, nearly one in four ended in controversy. The tally excludes 14 ridings where candidates were acclaimed.

Two other nominations in Ottawa West-Nepean and Scarborough Centre were earlier overturned by interim leader Vic Fedeli.

The party announced on Thursday that it is setting aside the results in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas because of the “irregularities in the nomination meeting.”

Vikram Singh, a lawyer and runner-up in the nomination race last May, sued the PC Party, alleging that widespread ballot-box stuffing torpedoed his bid. But he announced on Jan. 24 in a joint statement with Mr. Brown that he was withdrawing his lawsuit. However, there is a continuing criminal investigation into allegations of fraud at the nomination meeting.

 

 

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-pcs-overturn-nominations-bar-former-leader-patrick-brown-from/

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I've known about this for a while and can finally post this link now that it's public:

 

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Whoever wins the Ontario election is in for a rough ride

It’s a poisoned chalice the next government will inherit. Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath may want to reconsider their eagerness to drink from it.

 

I’d love to hear what Kathleen Wynne has to say about Bonnie Lysyk when no one but her most loyal operatives are around to hear.

I bet Ontario’s premier knows some really harsh words, and I bet she uses them. Lysyk has been a persistent thorn in her side, as have other independent agencies tasked with keeping a nonpartisan eye on government finances and actions. The auditor general, the financial accountability office, the ombudsman — they’ve all issued repeated alerts about the Liberals’ fast and loose approach to practices and regulations that don’t suit them. 

The Liberals’ response has been to attack and belittle the very offices set up to keep them honest. When auditor general Lysyk ruled that the government was running promotional ads for itself in the guise of public service announcements, Wynne reduced her vetting powers to a rubber stamp. When Lysyk highlighted problems in an expensive government power project, Wynne’s energy minister at that time, Bob Chiarelli,  suggested the poor woman was unable to understand such complex big-boy matters — even though Lysyk previously spent 10 years with Manitoba Hydro.

 

Wynne is ignoring opposition calls to fire her current energy minister, Glenn Thibeault, over a critical report on the government’s smart meter program and patronizing comments he made about the auditor general.

Undaunted, Lysyk soldiered on, issuing a charge this week that seems finally to have hit home. Just days before an election is to be called, the auditor general delivered a report indicating the government’s budget figures can’t be trusted. They’ve been fiddled so badly with accounting tricks that the conclusions can’t be treated as valid. The deficit won’t be $6.7 billion as claimed, it will be $11.7 billion, says Lysyk. It will be another $12 billion next year,

and the year after that. 

Ontarians were already showing signs of alarm at the flood of borrowed money flowing through the Liberals’ hands. To be told they didn’t know the half of it can’t help but come as one more unwelcome surprise. Their consternation can only be increased by the fact an independent watchdog would feel worried enough to openly accuse the province’s elected leadership of such blatantly dishonest shenanigans.

Not only did the Liberals cook the books, Lysyk reported, they did their best to hide it from her

 

Not only did the Liberals cook the books, Lysyk reported, they did their best to hide it from her. “The government knew we would have an issue with this accounting,” she reported. “And there was intent to keep us out of the picture.”

“They took a risk and fortunately, I would say, for all the legislators and for the citizens, my staff is pretty strong and we figured out what was going on.”

The report is one more problem the Liberals can blame on themselves. The requirement that the auditor general review the books before an election was introduced by former premier Dalton McGuinty as a means to embarrass the Progressive Conservative government he had just replaced. The hanky panky Lysyk uncovered flows from the Liberals’ need to disguise the degree to which they’ve become dependent on borrowed money to finance extravagant election pledges. And that reliance on debt results from 15 years of spending that has left the province $312 billion in debt, with $1 billion a month going to interest payments alone.

 

Now all three parties — not to mention the taxpayers of Ontario — are stuck with the result, and some heavy recalculations may be in order to deal with the fact. Wynne’s Liberals faced a tough enough task convincing Ontarians it was worth an additional $6 billion yearly shortfall to finance the daycare and pharmacare programs they promised in their latest budget; but if the real gap is $12 billion, with no end in sight, the convincing becomes that much more difficult. 

Doug Ford, the Progressive Conservative leader, adopted an appropriately sober air as he assessed the situation. It may be, he suggested, that a Tory government wouldn’t be able to balance the budget as quickly as he had figured. He would, however, make sure voters knew who to blame: “We will initiate a full, independent, end-to-end commission of inquiry … to investigate and recommend options for how to restore integrity in the government of Ontario’s financial reporting,” he announced. Lysyk’s findings, he said, amounted to “one of the largest financial scandals in Canadian history.”

“What we are witnessing is a betrayal of the public trust,” he said. “We cannot trust anything about the Liberal estimates or projections. Their budget is no longer worth the paper it’s written on.”

What we are witnessing is a betrayal of the public trust

That may be so, though Lysyk has been sending up rockets of alarm about Liberal practices through much of her tenure as auditor general. It’s just that none of them hit home like this week’s revelation. While Ford can be forgiven for taking advantage of the opportunity to flagellate the Liberals, it underlines just how precarious a situation the next government will find itself in. There can be no pretending Ontario can any longer afford the sort of spending practices it has become accustomed to. Whoever becomes premier will be forced, at some stage, to close down the cash dispenser until a semblance of order can be restored. 

That won’t go over well with an array of Ontario interest groups: the doctors who have been without a contract for four years and are keening for a Liberal defeat; the teachers’ unions  that have benefited from regular Liberal handouts in return for re-election support; the police and firefighter unions that skillfully exploit flabby negotiating rules for ever-bigger settlements. They’ll all want more, from a government that won’t be in a position to give it — at least, not if it wants to act responsibly.

It’s a poisoned chalice the next government will inherit. The Liberals did the poisoning. Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath may want to reconsider their eagerness to drink from it.

 

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-whoever-wins-the-ontario-election-is-in-for-a-rough-ride

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Speaking of 'fake news'....

http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/doug-ford-creates-simulated-news-to-counter-media-that-isnt-going-to-give-us-a-fair-shake

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You're links aren't usable Deicer? For the last couple of days I've had to copy them and recover the articles elsewhere.

I think it's wise of Ford to get away from the traditional media and all their manipulative bs.

GO DOUG!

 

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How Doug Ford can end Ontario's suffering from expensive electricity — instantly

 

“ A Ford government would be following a time-honoured practice in overturning the sweetheart deals cooked up by its Liberal predecessors and their cronies, and it would be immune to any penalties, as long as the contracts were torn up the right way.

“The right way is to legislate: to enact a statute that declares green contracts to be null and void, and the province to be free from liability,” explains Bruce Pardy, professor of law at Queen’s University, a former adjudicator for the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal and author of the 2014 Fraser Institute study, Cancelling Contracts: The Power of Governments to Unilaterally Alter Agreements. “Statutes can override iron-clad provisions in a contract because that is the nature of legislative supremacy: Legislatures can pass laws of any kind, as long as they are within their jurisdiction and do not offend the Constitution. Legislating on electricity production is clearly a provincial power.”

Many would be repulsed at the thought of cancelling contracts between governments and developers — especially those Ford refers to as “the political elites and the establishment” who have been “lining their pockets” — on grounds that all contracts are “sacred.” Their views are mistaken. It is the rule of law that is sacred, and the rule is clear: governments in our democracy can and do cancel odious contracts. There’s nothing sacred about contracts that threaten businesses, worsen the lives of 13-million citizens and place Ontario in debtor’s prison.

With the stroke of a pen, a newly elected Premier Doug Ford could and should undo the grievous wrongs done to the Ontario economy and the Ontario citizenry, and set the province on a sustainable course for the future. It is the only just and honourable thing to do."

 

http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/lawrence-solomon-how-doug-ford-can-end-ontarios-suffering-from-expensive-electricity-instantly

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The next government will inherit and drink from a poisoned chalice, IMO, that doesn’t excuse Ontario’s Liberal voters from paying their bills (I want it, I want it, I don’t)… expect this to hurt going forward. This view may be mistaken legally, but not morally, and yes it does matter… Ontario voters should pay their bills. Don't make me pay for your folly! Grow up and get er done!

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