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Conservatives....The FUTURE of Ontario !

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The federal government will give $1.3 billion in funding for the extension of the Montreal métro’s Blue Line, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday.

But two years before construction of the 5.8-kilometre extension is scheduled to begin, the overall cost of the project is still unknown. The former Quebec Liberal government estimated the cost at $3.9 billion, but in May it was revealed the price tag would increase by at least $600 millionbecause of higher-than-expected expropriation costs and tax bills.

Trudeau's announcement Thursday is the latest of several major transportation pledges for Quebec. Ottawa gave more than $1 billion for the REM and paid the whole bill for the new Samuel De Champlain Bridge, which opened on Monday without tolls -- as promised by the Trudeau Liberals.”

 

And a while back:

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“The federal government says it will provide $372.5 million in interest-free loans to Bombardier, a move that elicited criticism even though it is far less than the transportation giant originally sought more than a year ago.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said the money will preserve thousands of high-paying technology jobs in Ontario, where the Global will be assembled, and Quebec, where it will be completed and where the CSeries is built.”

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A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to join the middle class unveiled billions in housing help Wednesday that could make a difference to hundreds of thousands of households -- but only in a few years when federal money finally flows to new units and tenant benefits.

 

One thing this pm doesn’t have a problem with is throwing around our money.., whether it’s for Quebec projects, women’s rights issue, or foreign aid. ....until it comes down to a political foe...then he’ll turn the taps off  to screw his opponent....look at his vindictiveness  to screw Mark Norman and Judy Wilson Raybould.

Remember Trudeau’s mantra.....Working for the middle class and those working hard to join it.Because when the middle class is strong, growing, and successful, so is Canada. I think we owe it to families. Because I love my kids. Because you love your kids and grandkids.

 

Make no mistake, if the jobs vanish, Trudeau will wear this as an Ontario vs. Quebec issue.

 

And maybe blaming Ford is just a smokescreen by the Trudeau liberals to deflect from their inability to bargain with Trump:

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We need the federal government to continue to negotiate with the U.S. government,” Ford said.

“This is killing our trade with the United States.  We have to change the Buy America policy.”

Legault said that Bombardier being blocked from getting future rail contracts in the United States is at the heart of the layoffs. 

“So that’s why we all decided together that we need more leadership from the Prime Minister of Canada to negotiate an exemption,” Legault said.

One official in Ford’s office put it more bluntly.

“Justin Trudeau has failed to stand up to Buy America,” they said.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who is hosting the meeting, backed up his counterparts in calling for greater federal leadership in getting Canadian industries an exemption from the provisions but also said the premiers will take action themselves.

 

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You will note that most if not all of the $$$$ that Justin has promised do not kick in until after the next election so if you want the $$$$  then you need to vote liberal , at least that appears to be the message.

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The hits just keep coming!  Ontario has woken up, hopefully the rest of Canada will too when they see Scheer is the same.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/07/16/poll-suggests-two-thirds-of-ontarians-do-not-believe-doug-ford-cares-about-people-like-them.html

Poll suggests two thirds of Ontarians do not believe Doug Ford cares about people like them

Premier Doug Ford bills himself and his government as “for the people,” but a new poll suggests a clear majority of Ontarians do not believe he cares about people like them.

The Corbett Communications survey for the Star indicates the cronyism scandal engulfing Ford’s office appears to be damaging the premier’s carefully constructed image as a champion for the little guy.

Asked whether “Doug Ford cares about people like me,” 67 per cent of respondents disagreed with that statement.

Only 19 per cent agreed he does care about them while 14 per cent were not sure.

“There’s a whole theme in there that people aren’t buying the Ford story anymore,” pollster John Corbett said Tuesday of his monthly tracking poll.

Corbett said the nepotism debacle that forced the premier to part ways with his chief of staff Dean French is not a complicated thing for voters to grasp.

“It’s even easier to understand than gas plants,” he said, referring to the previous Liberal government’s controversial decision to cancel two gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga before the 2011 election.

“This one’s very easy to relate to because people can say: ‘I know all about that, my boss hired his nephew. You’re doing all the things that an insider does.’”

The Corbett Communications survey of 936 voters was conducted July 9 and 10 — about two weeks after French’s departure and the same day Ford revoked the appointment of his ex-chief’s wife’s niece and his son’s lacrosse buddy to six-figure Ontario government posts.

 

Done using Maru/Blue’s Maru Voice Canada online panel, it is an opt-in sample. For comparison purposes a randomly selected sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Corbett said the cronyism imbroglio, which continues to transfix Queen’s Park, “may have put a bigger bite in his image, in his framing, than anything else that’s happened to him.”

“This nepotism scandal is not going away. People don’t think it’s ended. Every other day there’s a new one,” he said, noting 59 per cent of respondents do not believe the affair is over while 10 per cent do and 31 per cent weren’t sure.

So far, seven people have lost their posts, including French, a long-time Ford friend and adviser.

Indeed, 63 per cent of those polled agreed that “the Ford government has given jobs to too many of the premier’s cronies” while 14 per cent disagreed and 23 per cent don’t know.

The poll also highlights some other policy-related challenges for the government.

About three-quarters of respondents — 74 per cent — agreed with the statement that “catastrophic climate change is happening and it’s caused by human activity” while 13 per cent disagreed and 13 per cent didn’t know.

At the same time, 68 per cent believe “the Ford government is wasting $30 million by advertising against the federal carbon tax” while 15 per cent disagreed and 16 per cent were not certain.

But 43 per cent support the federal Liberal government’s carbon-pricing measures compared to 38 per cent who oppose them and 19 per cent aren’t sure.

“Even the plurality agreed with the national carbon tax so they think something’s got to be done (about curbing greenhouse gas emissions) and they don’t appear to be buying Doug Ford’s claim that the carbon tax is a tax grab,” said Corbett.

As the Progressive Conservatives wrestle with austerity measures to tackle a $10.3 billion budget deficit, there does not seem to be much appetite for belt-tightening.

Some 69 per cent of respondents agree “Ontario is a wealthy province and shouldn’t have to cut services to its most vulnerable residents” while 18 per cent disagreed and 13 per cent didn’t know.

Corbett says that suggests Ontarians feel “the economy is healthy and the sky hasn’t fallen” despite Ford’s frequent claims that he inherited a “bankrupt province” from the Liberals last year and has to make cuts.

“That goes totally against the whole Ford shtick,” the pollster said.

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Keep in mind these same Ontarians voted Liberal for well over a decade and like any baby, if you take their soother away they cry ....so yep...let’s totally ignore the fact that he inherited a freaking DISASTER from the Liberals and keep digging the hole deeper .....#delusional.

We actually did Ontario a disfavour by voting in Sanity. We should have let the Province go officially bankrupt and let the chips fall where they belong....at Wynnes feet.

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Thanks Liberals ! Great financial management! Any bets Ford will have to take the blame for this Liberal MESS ?

Ontario government writes off $445M loan to Chrysler

'The Government of Ontario has written off this unrecoverable debt'

 

The Ontario government has written off a $445-million loan to automotive manufacturer Chrysler, saying it has "no legal recourse" to collect it.

The $445-million figure was part of a loan issued by the governments of Canada and Ontario in 2009 to bail out the then-struggling corporation, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. in the wake of the world economic crisis.

The company was eventually bought out by Italian automotive manufacturer Fiat, leading to the creation of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) holding company in 2014. FCA says it has repaid all its original loans.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/ontario-government-writes-off-445-million-loan-to-chrysler-1.5214423

 

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

 

We actually did Ontario a disfavour by voting in Sanity. We should have let the Province go officially bankrupt and let the chips fall where they belong....at Wynnes feet.

 

Maybe that would have been the right move, however, Ford now owns it because instead of holding the line and working to lower the deficit, he pulled a Trump and the first thing he did was give a tax cut to the rich.

He's now working from a weakened position to achieve something that is now out of reach.  If he had held the line on taxes, while fighting spending, then maybe he would have had a chance.

Like all conservative policies though, it is conserve money for the rich and make everyone else pay.

It is a self serving prophecy that makes the conservative parties so destructive.

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Here is a concise summation of how 'successful' our current Ontario premier is.  And before the attacks on the author come forth, here is his background:  https://learn.utoronto.ca/why-continuing-studies/about-our-instructors/instructors/andrew-mitrovica    https://www.sheridancollege.ca/academics/faculties/animation-arts-and-design/faculty-profiles/andrew-mitrovica

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/canada-failed-populist-cautionary-tale-190717104313481.html

With apologies to the Roman poet, Virgil, his cautionary proverb - as befits the times - requires updating: Beware populists bearing gifts.

In the Canadian political context, the "populist" who offered up a Trojan Horse filled with seemingly appetising, but simple-minded promises to hoodwink the gullible, is Ontario provincial premier, Doug Ford. 

More than a year ago, the decal salesman and former city councillor, rode a tsunami of voter disaffection with a spent, cavalier and corruption-prone Liberal administration to an impressive victory on June 7, 2018.

Ford's mantra at the time - "For the People" - fit neatly, of course, on a bumper sticker. Its proletarian meaning was intended, I suppose, to reflect Ford's antipathy towards the "elite vested interests" and his sympathy for the forgotten, hardworking everyman and everywoman. 

That Ford was a multimillionaire didn't quite fit the "I'm with the little guy and gal" narrative. So, with a thin, perpetual smile fixed on his face, Ford promised to deliver a buck-a-beer and the usual, recycled bromides idea-free libertarians consider the equivalent of "governing". 

The afterglow of Ford's ascendancy as perhaps the second-most powerful politician in Canada lasted just over a nanosecond. Then, Ford's Trojan Horse opened to reveal a vessel populated by a band of duplicitous "populists" who, like their slogan-spouting leader, feigned affinity for the aforementioned little guy and gal before they promptly punished all those little guys and gals.

Today, the premier who, not too long ago, claimed to be philosophically among, and for the people, hides from them to avoid being booed because of the damage he and his equally "populist" cabinet ministers have inflicted upon them.

Beyond the debilitating cuts to education, healthcare, libraries, child protection agencies and a panoply of other critical social and environmental policies and services, Ford's signature act of malevolence was axing a programme of publicly funded care for autistic children, ordering families to, in effect, wait in line to get a paltry lump sum cheque to defray the staggering costs associated with their complex care.

The populist response to the "populist's" destructive agenda was plain and visceral. Here is a video of Ford being introduced at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square where hundreds of thousands of those little guys and gals gathered to celebrate the city's NBA champions, the Raptors. 

The long, guttural cacophony of boos was not only a humiliating repudiation of Ford, but, more particularly, of the cynical, even sinister, manner he and his Conservative acolytes have methodically gone about destroying, eliminating, gutting and erasing the help and support the province has historically furnished to all those little guys and gals to make life a little fuller, healthier and more promising.

In a rare, astonishing rebuke, hundreds of kids and, no doubt, their "elitist, out-of-touch" parents, booed Ford at the opening ceremonies of the Ontario Special Olympics. 

As political barometers go, getting booed by Special Olympians is generally accepted among the commentariat - elitist or not - to be a CN Tower-sized sign that you are doing lots of bad stuff to lots of good people. 

Even the Ford-fawning, right-wing press has had to acknowledge those miffed Special Olympians were openly expressing the privately-held boos of most Ontarians. A poll provided "exclusively" to the Toronto Sun showed that as of mid-June, Mr Stop-the-Gravy-Train's approval rating sat at a likely career-ending 29 percent.

So, what's a populist to do when all those little guys and gals turn on you so loudly and publicly in polls or at big, we-are-family-like celebrations?

Well, Ford cancelled the traditional July 1 Canada Day festivities at Queen's Park, home to the provincial legislature where he and his "populist" caucus meet, it turns out, to stick it to those hardworking little guys and gals without providing the "forgotten" folk yet another opportunity to get together to boo them - this time, on their front lawn.

To add insult to the booing, Ford's ex-chief-of-staff, Dean French, was discovered by a pack of inquisitive, elitist reporters to have appointed - apparently, without his populist boss's knowledge or consent - close friends to handsomely-paid jobs in non-elitist cities like New York and London. 

French allegedly gifted a 26-year-old, one-time lacrosse player, Tyler Albrecht, the job of Ontario's trade representative in New York. Albrecht's principal qualification for the resurrected position paying $165,000: he played lacrosse with French's son. French also allegedly anointed Taylor Shields, his wife's cousin, the province's trade agent in London, England, with a salary of $185,000.

Once the details of these "secret" appointments made it to the press, Ford, like any rank "populist", tried to staunch the PR bleeding by amputating French. It didn't work. 

A new survey found that 57 percent of Ontarians believe that Ford's "populist" government is "corrupt".

Ford not only hasn't stopped the "gravy train", he has accelerated it. His I'm-going-to-put-a- bottle-of-beer-in-every-corner-store sop could cost the little guys and gals he so wants to protect from the voracious taxman $1bn in penalties to break a byzantine 10-year deal struck by the Liberal government with major breweries to sell beer at designated outlets.  

To resuscitate his already on-life-support political prospects, Ford pointed an accusatory finger at, unsurprisingly, his crude, amateurish cabinet, dumping most of his high-profile ministers into junior portfolios. It was akin to shooting the in-house messengers en masse.

Ford's Spitfire-like descent in popularity also has national implications. Federal Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer - Ford's ideological soul mate - was poised to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his floundering, scandal-plagued regime in the upcoming general election.

Surely, Scheer knows his odds of winning are fading as fast as Ford's once Cheshire-confident grin. The electoral calculus is simple: Lose vote-rich Ontario and you lose general elections.

The solution: Encourage Ford to go on a five-month "summer" break, so all those hardworking guys and gals would hopefully forget him and the harm he has wrought until after the national vote, scheduled for October 21.

That pitiful gambit is destined to fail. Ford and his transparently faux populism are, in medical parlance, circling the drain and Scheer may precede him down the pipe.

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