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28 minutes ago, deicer said:

So it's hypocritical to complain about the carbon tax and say you want to drive faster.....

I had this great reply typed out but on reconsideration decided that you are not worth getting booted over. 

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So not only will you be able to drive faster, thereby paying more tax through purchasing more fuel, they are killing the agency that would help to protect you if you have a gambling problem.  Now that you will be able to get free drinks in casinos, it's just another way to impair your ability to keep your money in your wallet, so just another tax.

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/05/04/ontario-stops-funding-problem-gambling-research-agency-orders-closure/

 

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People should have really been booing when mcguinty and Wynne were giving people services we couldn’t afford...and as much as the feds like to brag about immigration, have we really grown the public services and housing to accommodate the 350k/year that come to the country and settle in the 3or 4 cities???

If Torontonians don’t like cuts, increase taxes to pay for the services....

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That wasnt the Liberal problem.  the problem was handing out money and getting nothing in return for it. (mostly their friends).

Go back and look at the amount of money handed out due to contract cancellations, it was billions.  HAd they not pulled that BS then they could have easily afforded the services.  

Ford it doing exactly the same crap that Killed Harris.  That took years to fix.

 

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Ford is doing exactly what the people that voted for him want him to do.

He won a majority government, too bad so sad for you that didn't vote for him.

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When Deicer refers to “people” >>>> insert Liberals . Any Conservative I’ve talked to since the election are very happy so far.

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https://www.mainstreetresearch.ca/ontarians-disapprove-of-ford-cuts/

March 26, 2019  |  Mainstreet Research  |   Featured,Ontario,Public Polling

26 March 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – A majority of Ontarians do not approve of the changes that the Ford government has made to provincial autism programs, while support for the PC government has dipped below 40% for the first time since the provincial election.


Those are the findings from Mainstreet Research’s latest UltraPoll, a conglomeration of ten provincial polls. The poll surveyed 1290 Ontarians between March 21st to 22nd, 2019. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.73% and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

“Ontarians are strongly opposed to the Ford government’s changes to the autism programs,” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research. “Parents of autistic children have been very vocal in their opposition to the PC government’s measures and it looks like that Ontarians generally also disagree with Ford on this issue.”

Just over 54% of Ontarians surveyed said that they disapprove of the changes to the autism programs, with 28% saying they approve of the measures. Just under 18% said that they were not sure.

The poll also surveyed Ontarians who they would vote for if an election were held today. Among decided and leaning voters, the PCs led by Doug Ford have 34.4% (-7% from January), while the NDP led by Andrea Horwath come in with 26.6% (-0.4%). The Liberals with John Fraser at the helm have 26% (+3.4%), while Mike Schreiner and the Greens have 9% (+2.4%).

“The PCs have taken a dramatic slide since January – so much so that they might not win a majority if an election were held today,” added Maggi. “The Liberals have had the biggest gains thanks to a surge in support in Toronto.”

Each party leader’s favourability ratings remained roughly the same from where they were in January.

No party leader enjoys a positive net favourability rating, but Andrea Horwath has the best rating of -0.7%, while Ford’s net rating has slipped to -30.3% (from -21.5% in January).

Ford’s net favourability rating stands at -21.5%, while opposition leader Andrea Horwath’s net rating is -0.5%. Interim Liberal leader John Fraser has a net rating of -6.8%, while Green Party leader Mike Schreiner’s net favourability rating is -3.8%.

“Ford’s decline in favourability this month closely follows the fall in PC support among Ontario voters”, concluded Maggi.

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Even the right wing Sun says Ford's numbers are bad.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-ford-and-notley-struggle-for-approval-moe-soars

The latest survey of approval ratings for premiers from DART Insight has Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe riding high, Notley getting a bump in time for the election that was just called and Ford sitting below the unpopular Notley.

Ford, elected last June with a little over 40% of the vote and with a 40% approval rating, now sits at 34% approval, down another 4 points from the last survey in December.

DART Insight CEO John Wright says these numbers are particularly bad for Ford.

“It’s not natural for a party to be this low,” Wright said, noting the premier and his party have been in power less than a year.

He says even compared to the Harris PC government, these numbers are not good.

“On June 19, 2000 we were at the political fallout of Walkerton and the Tories were at 38% support,” Wright said.

The longtime pollster believes there are several factors at play.

“Part of it is his personality. Part of it is the very specific topics that they have decided to take on. But I think it is also, honestly, that they haven’t thought through how to position and communicate things,” Wright said.

The Harris government, said Wright, took tough choices on cutting government spending but was much more sophisticated in how they shaped and shared their message with the public.

 

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17 hours ago, mo32a said:

Ford is doing exactly what the people that voted for him want him to do.

He won a majority government, too bad so sad for you that didn't vote for him.

people have bad memories

 

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This is from an agency that will probably suffer from the current government's revenge syndrome....

https://www.tvo.org/article/why-doug-fords-line-by-line-spending-reviews-are-a-farce

Municipalities across Ontario are dealing with a lot from Queen’s Park right now: the government has announced hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to cash transfers to cities and towns across the province, and now those cities and towns are going to have to rewrite their spending plans for the current fiscal year.

That a conservative administration fixated on shrinking the size of government wants to balance the provincial budget through spending cuts rather than tax increases shouldn’t come as a surprise. And that a Progressive Conservative government is putting a substantial fiscal burden on municipalities should come as a surprise only to someone whose memory doesn’t go back before 2003. Municipalities across Canada were the primary victims of both federal and provincial budget cuts in the 1990s. The wave of conservative victories produced by provincial elections in the past two years may mean we’re in for a sequel. Insofar as that would be the natural consequence of the electoral process, that’s fine.

But governments should at least be honest about their policies. And yesterday’s announcement from Premier Doug Ford that the provincial government is putting forward $7.35 million to help municipalities fund line-by-line “reviews” of their activities, to find “efficiencies,” wasn’t honest. Toronto mayor John Tory called the move a “public-relations exercise” — if anything, he’s being too charitable. This isn’t a serious effort to solve a real or perceived problem. It’s spending public dollars to score points in a debate.

There’s a record of similar exercises we can consult, and it’s not great for the government. Last year, the government presented a “line-by-line review” of provincial finances. Commissioned in a hurry from Ernst & Young, it was largely a waste of ink and time: it told us nothing about the province’s books that any reasonably informed observer didn’t already know or couldn’t easily have discovered using Google. For that, the government spent $500,000.

The record doesn’t get better as we go further into the past. In 2011, then-mayor Rob Ford (the premier’s late brother) ordered a “core-service review” of Toronto’s spending. It cost $3.5 million (from a total budget of about $13 billion) — roughly half of what the province is offering Ontario’s numerous large municipalities to carry out a similar exercise — and it identified $16 million in cuts and little in the way of real efficiencies. The list of potential cuts included such things as water fluoridation and library branches.

Not even the Ford loyalists on council could stomach the proposed cuts. Indeed, the most significant result of the core-service review was probably the wave of grassroots opposition it created: during a 22-hour meeting of Toronto’s executive council, people from across the city begged councillors not to do away with cherished services. By the following January, Ford had all but lost control of the city’s budget process as councillors rebelled.

And, in the end, the results of the 2011 review served only to confirm what many had said from the outset: the vast majority of city spending goes to essential services or to things the province compels cities to do. Cities have far less discretion in their spending than do the provincial or federal governments. The “doing more with less” fantasy that conservative politicians and pundits had sold to voters was just that, a fantasy: real fiscal restraint would mean service cuts.

There’s no reason to think that any municipal audits conducted at the behest of the province will produce a different outcome, because there hasn’t been a revolution in Ontario’s municipal law since the 2018 election. Cities still have to fund police, fire, and EMS services, and those constitute the largest expenses for the vast majority of Ontario’s 444 municipalities.

It’s not even clear that the government really believes that these reviews are about “efficiency” at all, in the normal sense of that word. When the premier calls the Toronto Board of Health “a bastion of lefties,” as he did in question period last week, the clear implication is not that he thinks that the same levels of service could be delivered for less money but that the Board of Health is doing things he thinks are unnecessary and unimportant. But Ford’s lack of interest doesn’t make it any less of a service cut, certainly not for the people who rely on those services.

As far as the government is concerned, there’s no way to lose: either municipalities refuse the money, in which case the premier can claim that they’ve made their own bed, or a review will find some token examples of waste — none of which will come close to matching the government’s $30 million war against the federal carbon tax or to offsetting the provincial funding cuts.

Wanting a smaller government isn’t an inherently illegitimate political position. And it’s certainly not shocking that Ford subscribes to it. But this program of offering tax dollars to municipalities so that Toronto-based consulting firms can pad their billable hours — all to tell us what we already know — is a joke, and not a good one. Indeed, if any other party were doing this, the Tories would call it a scandalous waste of money.

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This comes as no surprise, and should be a heads up for the other provinces and all of Canada.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/poll-suggests-support-for-pcs-has-collapsed-ford-now-less-popular-than-wynne-1.4435061

Poll suggests support for PCs has ‘collapsed,’ Ford now less popular than Wynne

Support for the Progressive Conservatives has “collapsed,” according to a new poll, while Ontario Premier Doug Ford is now less popular than Kathleen Wynne at the end of her time as Premier.

A Mainstreet Research poll released on Thursday puts the PCs in third place behind the Liberals and the NDP, with just 22.4 per cent of decided and leaning voters saying they would cast a ballot for the party if an election were held today.

The poll found that 39.9 per cent of decided and leaning voters would support the Liberals, who are without a permanent leader, and 24.2 per cent would vote for the NDP under Andrea Horwath.

In contrast, the PC’s won a majority government during the June 2018 election with 40.5 per cent of the popular vote while the NDP netted 33.6 per cent and the Liberals sunk to 19.6 per cent.

The Mainstreet poll also found that just 19.9 per cent of respondents say they have a favourable opinion of Ford, while 73.4 per cent say they have a negative opinion of the premier.

“His support is collapsing,” says Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research, in a statement. “We have never seen an incumbent premier reach these depths in popular opinion with barely a year into his mandate.”

Ford’s government has been suffering severe blowback in the wake of its April 11 budget, which reduced funding to cities, health agencies and libraries while also cutting a number of programs such as the 50 Million Trees initiative.

A number of public opinion polls have shown the party’s support has been waning as the government faces weekly protests and days of actions from teachers and health care workers.

An Environics poll published on Tuesday, commissioned by CUPE Ontario and CUPE Local 79, found that seven out of 10 Ontarians say they’re less likely to vote for the PCs due to budget cuts.

A Pollara survey issued last week found support for the Progressive Conservatives had dropped to 30 per cent.

Mainstreet Research surveyed 996 Ontarians between May 21 and May 22. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

 

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“ Dear Ontario, 

Your anger of late via social media needs to be redirected...

We can't keep spending on the taxpayers' credit card without expecting the bill to come due. 

This year, we'll spend $12.5 billion paying interest on debt in a Ontario alone, money that should be going to education and health care.

The next time you're angry with the Ford government for reducing spending to a particular program, please redirect your anger where it belongs... 14 years of mismanagement and wild overspending by McGuinty and Wynne.”

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May you be reminded, that we have seen this show before. 

Under Mike Harris, there were cuts and downloading all at the same time the debt increased  by $43 Billion dollars.  

The austerity was for the people of Ontario while corporations got tax breaks to concentrate wealth.

Also don't forget that Bob Rae inherited a recession, while McGuinty restored funding to municipalities for education and social programs that had been chopped.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_government_debt

So to say that any government cuts spending is disingenuous.

Modern capitalism is broken.  It is being abused by those in power and we watch it happen every day in the news with the stories of politics and economics.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/04/warren-buffett-on-the-failure-of-trickle-down-economics.html

So in the end, it comes down to a vote on whether you want tax dollars to benefit society, or to accumulate in the pockets of the few.

 

 

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We’re here because the previous Liberal government over 15 years spent taxpayers’ money irresponsibly, saddling us with an $11.7 billion deficit this year (after billions of dollars of cutting by Ford), a public debt of $347 billion and $13.3 billion in annual interest payments, just to pay interest on the debt.

That’s the fourth largest government expenditure after health, education and social services, not one cent of which goes to hiring more front-line emergency workers, lowering taxes or paying off the principal amount of the debt.

Liberal government spending from 2003 to 2018 turned Ontario into one of the world’s most indebted sub-national governments and, for a decade, technically, a “have not” province when it came to federal equalization payments, although that’s no longer the case.

 

 

I believe most people want taxes to benefit society, it’s the right thing to do to help others maintain health and a standard of living.....but at some point, reality has to be dealt with. And as seen by the actions of the  previous government.....we are at that point. The magnitude of the problem will mean serious action. As the federal liberals did to their budget in the Chrétien/Martin years prompting the provincial Harris government to deal with federal transfer shortfalls which cascaded to the municipalities.

And yeah, I don’t like it when governments ensure that the wealthy few get preferential treatment to pad their billion $ bank accounts.....look no further than Trudeaus efforts with Loblaws $12 mill for refrigeration (Weston family),  SNC Lavalin (Lamarre),  Irving Shipbuilding (Irving), Bombardier (Beaudoin Bombardier).

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While I agree with your point of view, history backs my point that the conservatives don't reduce the debt or deficit, they only divert the money away from the public.

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Today's editorial in Canada's Business newspaper. Highlights mine for emphasis...

The Doug Ford government is peddling a fiscal fantasy

On Monday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford took a step back from his plan to hit municipalities with retroactive cuts to transfer payments. The cuts were scheduled to land this fiscal year – which is already well under way. Toronto said it faced an immediate $178-million shortfall.

Now, the Progressive Conservative government says it will hold off on some cuts – but only some, and only this year.

To understand all of this, you have to take in the fullness of Ontario’s fiscal landscape – the real geography, not the somewhat fictionalized one painted by the Ford government.

Mr. Ford has spent the past year honing his variation on the Buckley’s cough syrup approach. That company’s long-time slogan was, “It tastes awful. And it works.” It once ran television ads in which a smiling Frank Buckley assured viewers that, yes, his product is highly unpleasant but, “on the bright side, you won’t have to take it for long.”

The medicine hurts? That’s proof the medicine is working.

The PC government’s constant message is that the province is extremely sick – living a “financial nightmare,” as Mr. Ford put it in a letter on Monday, including inheriting a “$15-billion deficit.” The only surefire cure is the bitter pill of significant spending cuts.

Both diagnosis and treatment miss the mark.

Yes, Ontario has a fiscal problem. However, the Ford government has consistently exaggerated its scale and nature, in furtherance of its own agenda.

First, the scale. That alleged “$15-billion deficit” left by the Liberals? Last fall, the province’s chief accountant resigned rather than sign off on that torqued number. She said the government figures “materially overstate the deficit.”

The Liberals exited office last spring claiming a $6.7-billion deficit; by last fall, after some debatable accounting changes, the PCs were happily claiming they’d been bequeathed a shortfall more than twice as large.

Second, the nature of the issue. Mr. Ford will frequently insist that his predecessors were responsible for “out-of-control” government spending – but among Canada’s provincial governments, Ontario is the lowest per capita spender. You read that right: Ontario is dead last in total spending – 10th out of 10.

Conservatives also like to claim that taxes in Ontario are out of control, and a lot of voters surely feel that way. However, the unpleasant truth is that not only is Ontario Canada’s lowest-spending province – it also has a relatively low tax burden, and Confederation’s lowest per capita revenues.

If Ontario’s deficit were a simple matter of government wasting your money, then balancing the budget would be a cinch. And the Ford government, along with the pain-is-good Buckley’s pitch, often invokes the opposite approach – that solving the fiscal situation need involve no pain at all, since everybody knows government is a money-wasting crock.

“There is this entitlement that the taxpayers owe the government a living,” is one of the many things Mr. Ford said Monday as he explained why municipalities would surely be able to make do with less. It won’t be easy. And the services the province plans to defund are, in many cases, services it ordered cities to provide.

The Ford government likes to say there is really only one taxpayer, and that is true. But in this case, it may merely be asking municipalities to pay via property taxes for things that were previously paid for through more equitable and economically efficient provincial income taxes and the harmonized sales tax. That’s not a step forward.

The bottom line is that the Ford government did inherit a budget problem, and one that has to be addressed. But it has exaggerated the scale of the issues – the debt and deficit. It’s been a case of fiscal Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Does the province need to balance its budget? No. It just needs to get the deficit down to a manageable level, low enough that the debt-to-GDP ratio gradually falls. That’s what was happening in the last few years of Liberal government, until the party opened the taps in an election year, and then the Tories brought in accounting changes that made things look even worse.

If Ontario ran a deficit of around $6-billion or less, that would do the trick. This year, even under the new accounting rules, the province is forecasting a deficit of $9.3-billion.

Is that figure a problem? Yes.

A crisis? Hardly.

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Just proves you should pay as much attention to what you think is a solution as what you think is the problem.

This is also why Dug Fraud has backtracked on his initiatives so quickly it give whiplash.  He doesn't care about the people, only the votes he's going to get.

Study Shows That Many Ontario Residents Do Not Like Doug Ford As Premier

According to a new study, many people are not happy with the Ford government.

Pollara Strategic Insights, a Canadian research project leader, has released a new study about the Ford government. They surveyed around 1,500 eligible Ontario voters to see how well the Ford government is doing. They broke down the results by 2018 PC voters, former PC voters, current PC voters and the Ford Nation (the voters who love Doug Ford).

The survey found that though the Ford government would still likely win the most seats if an election were held today, his party would be at risk. Many people from the older generations, who have the greatest voter turnout, would still vote PC.

Overall, the number of people who would vote for Ford has dropped from 40.5 per cent to 30 per cent. Instead, NDP would have a greater voter preference than Ford.

The study also shows that people would rather vote for the Liberals than PC. The voter preference has increased from 19.6 to 26 per cent. Even the Green Party shows a higher voter turnout at 11 per cent.

 

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Additionally, many people voted for Ford was a way to get rid of Kathleen Wynne, the former Premier and leader of the Liberal Party.

In fact, only 11 per cent of survey participants stated that they actually like Doug Ford.

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About 64 per cent of people surveyed disapprove of the Ontario government. About 34 per cent of former PC voters state that they now strongly disapprove of what Ford is doing. Ford Nation is only made up about 9 per cent of the electorate and is the highest group to approve of the Ontario government.

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https://www.thestar.com/politics/political-opinion/2019/05/31/doug-fords-journey-from-buck-a-beer-to-bolshevism.html

Doug Ford can feel the heat.

He can also sense the thirst. For he can see a hunger in the land for beer in a corner store near you.

Now, the premier who proclaimed himself leader of “Ontario’s First Government For the People” has a revolutionary plan. A Five Year Plan.

It begins with a bit of Bolshevism — by blowing the Beer Store out of the water.

Ford’s Tories will pass a law this month cancelling a signed contract between the crown and the Beer Store’s owners — condemned as a “sweetheart deal” with foreign-owned multinationals. His Progressive Conservative government shall pass legislation for cancellation without compensation, using its supreme powers to absolve Ontario of any liability in a court of law.

Confiscatory legislation invites litigation, so we may yet pay the price — estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. But the revolution demands sacrifices.

And for a politician drunk on power, why stop there? If the premier’s “Open for Business” slogan can be suspended for the Beer Store, why not cancel other debilitating deals with foreigners?

Few of us imagined the pro-business Tories as Trotskyites in disguise. But Ford Nation’s nationalization of big bad capitalists, foreign or domestic, seems like the logical next step.

And so we offer our Progressive Conservative comrades these Top Five Targets for any Five Year Plan based on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat:

 

  • The sweetest of sweetheart deals is of course the 99-year Hwy. 407 lease signed by a previous PC government for $3.1 billion, now valued at about $28 billion thanks to the milking of commuters over time, much of it by foreign owners who profited lavishly. Ford has condemned the deal, so why not cancel it? If ever there were a case of capitalist extortion meriting expropriation, thanks to Tory stupidity, the 407 fits the bill.

 

 

  • The deal that still sucks our blood is the $350 billion in debt bequeathed by previous governments (PC governments too, but never mind). Much of that money is owed to foreigners — all the more reason to default on that debt, wipe it off the books and turn the page. Wait — you worry that no one will never lend to us again? Ah, but Ford Nation need not ever borrow in future, because it doesn’t do deficits, right?

 

 

  • Tories tried to sell off the old Ontario Hydro two decades ago, but subsequently — and mischievously — opposed the Liberals for privatizing a chunk of it (the utility’s transmission offshoot, Hydro One). Remember when Ford promised to fire its “Six Million Dollar Man” CEO without severance, triggering a chain reaction that cost the company more than $130 million? Here’s our chance to recoup that loss: Re-nationalize Hydro One without compensation.

 

 

  • When the Liberals had second thoughts about those gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga, the cancellation and relocation added up to a billion-dollar boondoggle. If Ford is so willing to use his legislative power, why not cancel all those long-term contracts that offered compensation for the original power contracts?

 

 

  • Buck-a-beer is surely no small beer at a time of sweeping budget cuts to education, health care and social services. Ford’s populist campaign pledge has come back to haunt him — promise made, promise fizzled — because most brewers didn’t go along for long. Rather than merely reduce the minimum floor price of beer to a buck, and bribe small brewers with promotional inducements, it’s time to impose strict price controls. As Ford keeps reminding us, the legislature is supreme — free markets be damned. Impose a maximum price of $1 each — no HST, because Tories can’t be against tax holidays.

 

Sound radical? Perhaps so, but nothing in the above Top Five Targets is any different, in principle or in practice, from ripping up a signed contract with the Beer Store.

Past columns have crusaded against the Stalinist-style retail ambience of its aging outlets. There is a difference, however, between Stalinist ambience and Leninist ambitions.

Only Ford could make Ontarians defend the Beer Store (even me) against expropriation, because most grown-ups understand that in the real world, a deal is a deal. That “sweetheart deal” (negotiated in good faith by the crown, through its rather savvy business adviser, ex-TD Bank CEO Ed Clark) broke the stranglehold of the big brewers for the first time in nine decades: 450 new retail locations were added in supermarkets, on top of 660 LCBO locations, 210 agency outlets and 450 existing Beer Stores, over a transitional 10-year period that expires, if only Ford can wait, in 2025.

But no, beer in corner stores must come now, contracts be damned. If the NDP or Liberals tried such a stunt (starting with cancelling green energy contracts last year), Progressive Conservatives would rise up against so gratuitous a distortion of due process.

Why the belated Bolshevism?

Ford has become Ontario’s unpopular populist — an oxymoron in the premier’s office. With the popularity of his “Government For the People” plunging so fast among the people, desperation begets expropriation.

Cheers, Comrades.

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Ontario has now officially become a dictatorship.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ontario-passes-budget-bill-kills-lawsuits_ca_5ceef354e4b00cfa19659fd4

TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government passed its budget bill Wednesday, a massive piece of legislation that one lawyer called “contrary to our democratic system.”

The 194-page Protecting What Matters Most Act enforces the government’s spending plan while amending 199 other laws all at once. MPPs got feedback on it for two days during hearings at the finance committee.

The government “corrupted” Ontario’s legislative process by jamming so many amendments into one bill and therefore avoiding debate on specifics, Michael Bryant, executive director and general counsel at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, told HuffPost Canada.

“Many governments and many parliaments have seen omnibus bills but this one sets a new record,” said Bryant, who used to be a Liberal MPP in Ontario’s legislature.

Progressive Conservative MPPs applaud after voting to pass the government's budget bill on May 29,
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Progressive Conservative MPPs applaud after voting to pass the government's budget bill on May 29, 2019.

“Truly, the legislature does not know what it voted for … you couldn’t possibly give it the appropriate attention.”

One “particularly troubling” schedule of the bill will make it nearly impossible to sue the Ontario government, Bryant said. 

Truly, the legislature does not know what it voted for.Michael Bryant

Schedule 17 repeals the existing Proceedings Against the Crown Act and replaces it with a new act, the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act.

The new act prevents lawsuits brought against the government if it is negligent or reckless in its operations, Bryant said. It could even extinguish lawsuits that are already in progress.

“The changes are radical and deserve to be a standalone bill,” Bryant said, calling the schedule “an arrogant abuse of power.”

Other lawyers have said the schedule rolls back government liability 70 years.

A spokesman for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said that the change is meant to stop “frivolous” lawsuits brought by “well-funded” lawyers. 

It won’t impact disputes over contracts, constitutional issues, human rights or judicial review of government decisions, Mulroney’s spokesman Jesse Robichaud told HuffPost by email. 

“What these changes accomplish is to ensure that the government can make good faith legislative, regulatory and policy decisions without fear of being sued for negligence claims that lack merit, and to ensure that the courts are not evaluating the legislative, regulatory or policy decisions of a government – that is what the ballot box is for,” he said.

In Bryant’s presentation to the government’s finance committee, he mentioned a landmark class action brought against the federal government by residential school survivors. The settlement made survivors of “Indian day schools,” many of whom lost their culture and were physically and sexually abused, eligible for up to $200,000 in compensation.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association executive director Michael Bryant presents at the Ontario government's...
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Canadian Civil Liberties Association executive director Michael Bryant presents at the Ontario government's finance committee on May 7, 2019.

“Imagine that the federal government had immunized itself from bringing such a class action,” he told HuffPost. “That’s what the provincial government has done with this bill.”

When he raised these concerns with PC MPPs at the finance committee, they did not seem to be aware of the schedule, Bryant said.

“That’s because it was one of 199 bills being changed.”

Some of the other sections of the budget bill:

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Enough with the pandering to Political BS & PC stupidity...It’s so dam refreshing to have a “normal” human being running the Province for a change.

 

“ Doug Ford declares he won’t participate in Pride parade unless Toronto Police included “

Premier Doug Ford has declared that he won’t be participating in the Toronto Pride parade, due to the exclusion of in-uniform Toronto police officers. 

This will mark the second consecutive year of absence in Toronto’s Pride parade.

According to Premier Ford’s spokesperson, Ford will attend the parade when Toronto’s police force is allowed to return in uniform.

“He wishes all the organizers of Pride Toronto all the best for a successful month and festival weekend,” Ivana Yelich said in an email to the CBC.

Last year, when Ford skipped out on the festivities, he stated that his “main focus is the economy, making sure we create jobs and have this province thrive. I am zoned in on that.” 

Each year, the downtown area of Toronto is flooded with participants in what is one of North America’s longest-running LGBTQ celebrations. More than 150 groups and organizations are set to participate in the June 23 parade. 

It’s also of note that the late Rob Ford, Premier Ford’s brother, did not attend any LGBTQ parades during his tenure as mayor of Toronto, citing a family weekend at the cottage would prevent him from visiting any such festivity. 

Former premier Kathleen Wynne, the first LGBT Ontario Premier, participated in the event in 2013, becoming the first sitting premier to participate in the event

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/doug-ford-declares-he-wont-participate-in-pride-parade-unless-toronto-police-included/

Edited by Jaydee

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