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Wynne's Climate Change plan has great consequences of another kind

Posted on June 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM


Living in a northern climate, Ontarians are quite sensitive to the costs of heating our homes in the winter months. Each year, we hear dreadful stories of seniors and low income families having to choose between home heating and food.

Things are about to change for the worse.

Earlier today, Kathleen Wynne announced her strategy on Climate Change. While she didn't mention the earlier "leaked" strategy of eliminating natural gas heating altogether, she did promise to hike the costs of natural gas heating - to a point where it will become unaffordable for most of us.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, but it also emits 50 to 60% less CO2 as compared to oil or coal. Under the premier's plan, natural gas heating will only be for the very rich. The alternative for most of us will be electric heat: which presently costs an average of $3,000 more annually than heating with natural gas today.

Kathleen Wynne intends to punish Ontarians for living in a northern climate. We won't be able to use any less energy to heat our homes, but we will all pay more for the luxury of living here.

Yesterday was Tax Freedom day. We worked the first 5+ months of the year to meet our obligation to the taxman. Any money we make from here on, we get to use towards our living expenses, such as our food and accommodation.

Let's put Wynne's extra heating costs into perspective. According to employment website Workopolis, the average Ontarian earns $49,088 a year. If the first five months went towards tax obligations, that leaves $28,635 after tax income. Wynne is proposing to take more than a whopping 10% of your after tax income for more expensive electric heat.

Ontarians are already under terrible economic strain. The average mortgage debt in this province is approximately $193,000, according to an article published in the Wall Street Journal. That commitment alone means most taxpayers are struggling to keep ahead. In fact, a recent article by the CBC predicted dire consequences for many households if interest rates were to rise; or job losses, like we've seen in other parts of the country, were to hit Ontario.

In short, Kathleen Wynne is proposing the economic ruin of too many families who are just getting by today with her reckless Climate Change strategy.

Liberals are proposing their Climate Change strategy will cost ordinary Ontarians like you and me an extra $8.3 Billion. That's twice the amount of money we invest in our justice system, and more than what we spend on post secondary education.

There are going to be consequences to the level of government services that we currently have. Our hospitals, schools, children with special needs, mental health services, and a slew of other services are already facing the brunt of the austerity measures Wynne is forcing on them as she continues to divert valuable public resources to her personal political ideals.

If Kathleen Wynne gets her way, how many doctors, nurses, teachers, fire fighters and police officers will have to lose their job to pay for her Climate Change plan? How many hospitals, schools and colleges will be forced to close to pay the $8.3 billion she has ear-marked for the environment?

But it's the private sector that will ultimately bear the biggest burden.

Last night I stopped by my local convenience store to pick up a few things. I thought it was closed because most of the lights were off. Only the neon "Open" sign made me aware that the store wasn't actually closed. The local shopkeeper told me that he turned down his lights to save energy costs. That's the state we are in today.


After Wynne implements her Climate Change strategy, he might not be able to afford to keep his neon "Open" sign going too.

 

 



The first hint of rage issues: a lack of self control

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 8:40 PM

CBC photo

They used to call NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair "Angry Tom."

And former Prime Minister Stephen Harper was constantly being referred to as "angry" by his detractors too.

But neither of these men have ever publicly behaved in the way that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acted today in Parliament.

When the Prime Minister strutted across the floor to confront the NDP MPs who were milling about and thereby delaying a vote, his anger was unmistakable. He was engulfed by raw emotion.

Whether he intended to elbow NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau or not is immaterial. Trudeau was not in control of his bodily movements because he was in such a rage. When someone has lost their temper to the extent that Trudeau did today, innocent bystanders often become victims.

Watching the video reminded me of how a toddler reacts when in the full throes of a temper tantrum.

If this man could not contain his emotions when the cameras are rolling, we can only imagine how he lets his anger loose when he is in private.

This isn't the first time we've seen Trudeau react with full rage. In 2011, he shocked Canadians when he screeched, "You piece of shit!" at Thornhill MP Peter Kent while in the House.

Trudeau's reaction then, as now, was to offer an abject apology.

But the sincerity of the Trudeau apology has always been in doubt. Today, while Members of Parliament expressed their shock to the Prime Minister's behaviour in the House, Trudeau wasn't present.

That's because he had a photo-op to attend to.

 



Grant programs fail to help the most needy students

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Here's my first column for Troy Media: http://www.troymedia.com/2016/05/04/help-needy-students/

Thrilled to be signed on as a syndicated columnist for Troy Media

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 3:45 PM

I'm grateful for the opportunity to be offered a weekly syndicated column with Troy Media, a media outlet that produces content for over 1,800 media (traditional and website) outlets in print and online.

In the past, I was a regular columnist with the Toronto Sun, and I look forward to engaging readers across Canada in meaningful discourse once again.

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Statement about Newmarket regional Councillor John Taylor

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Yesterday, and not for the first time, the regional councillor of Newmarket, John Taylor, made false allegations in council chambers, stating that "Maddie Di Muccio, the previous councillor for ward 6, proved to have found ample opportunity to make (formal) complaints" about his conduct as an elected official.

 

In fact, the only complaint I have made about the regional councillor is before a court of law. That's because in March, 2015, Mr. Taylor used his position as a regional councillor to move a motion that I used my council expense account for "personal legal advice" and for the purposes of "campaigning." Neither are true, of course; and when I approached the Town of Newmarket with my concerns, I was inexplicably told that they had no process to deal with my complaint about Mr. Taylor using his position in office to assassinate my character other than to "take him to court."


 Which is exactly what I'm doing.


Here's what Newmarket Council's hand-picked integrity commissioner, Robert Swayze, had to say in an email regarding councillors lying about Newmarket citizens (note, he called me a politician without realizing I am not one):


 "I must extend considerable latitude to members of Council when they are accused of misrepresentation and lack of decorum when referring to another politician. I must support the Canadian right to freedom of expression, particularly in political comment and debate. Councillor Taylor may have been guilty of making incorrect assumptions in his motion and showing a lack of respect for another politician, but vigorous political comment and debate are a healthy part of the democratic process."

 

What he means is that their Code of Conduct allows for a Newmarket Councillor to misrepresent, offend, or lie about another politician or private citizen.

When I was a councillor in 2013, Newmarket's integrity commissioner recommended to remove my pay after I stated the mayor was behaving like a misogynist. Mr. Taylor wholeheartedly supported and voted for that recommendation.


Apparently, freedom of speech to criticize a politician doesn't apply to myself.


Earlier this year, I was successful in a court settlement when I filed papers against the newspaper, the Newmarket Era (Metroland Media), whose senior executive is Mr. Taylor's wife, when they wrote about Mr. Taylor's defamatory motion about me (the settlement is private and I am not able to go into details).

 

And after that, a judge rejected Mr. Taylor's motion asking the court to throw my case out against him.

 

Mr. Taylor will be facing a judge later this year on his behaviour in council chambers. My hope is that he will be held accountable for his malicious conduct.

 

Mr. Taylor has not shown any attempt to correct his conduct at council meetings. Elected officials should not be allowed to use their position as a pulpit to attack the integrity of private citizens, especially those citizens who work tirelessly to seek accountability from their government.

 

Over the past few months, Mr. Taylor has repeatedly referenced my name during council meetings, illustrating unwanted atttention and a disturbing fixation on me. He has made many false, derogatory statements about myself and my family, the organization I work with, and he continues to. He does this by using tax dollars to hire integrity commissioners to find fault with me, write up malicious "motions" about my character - even in my standing as a private citizen, send out emails about my persona, and through the use of a blogger who calls himself "Slessor Square," a man named Gordon Prentice. Prentice is an ex MP with the Labor Party from the UK, who has an unhealthy obsession with my family; once even demanding (unsuccessfully) to be present at a private hearing with a judge regarding my case against Mr. Taylor. When Prentice was a Member of Parliament in the UK, he used his taxpayer expense account to pay for his mortgage, buy groceries, appliances, furniture, and even a television set for himself. You can read the news articles about that here and here.

 

In between writing about municipal politics, Prentice, a close ally of the regional councillor, finds great joy in authoring dozens and dozens of derogatory pieces about my family (several times calling my husband "fat"). He displays an unnatural fixation with my court case against the regional councillor. His rants on everything he writes about my life: political, legal, personal, etc - are overwhelmingly incorrect. Prentice went as far as once demanding, in one of his blogs, that I remove the privacy screen on my Twitter so he could track what I was doing.

 

It is unbecoming of any elected official - or their ally - to have an unhealthy obsession with any private citizen.

Notably, Mr. Taylor has made negative comments about an organization I am president of, York Region Taxpayers Coalition. Our organization is dedicating to watching out for taxpayers and revealing scandals of any politician who are not holding themselves accountable to the public.

To learn more about York Region Taxpayers Coalition, click here: http://www.yorktaxpayer.ca/



John Taylor and defamatory blogger Gordon Prentice at a recent court settlement regarding my case. Taylor attempted to (unsuccessfully) convince a clerk that Prentice should be present at the private hearing in front of a deputy judge. The deputy judge ordered Prentice to leave the room.





 

 

 

With Mulcair out, the Conservative Party Leadership race becomes that much more important

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM

NDP delegates voted today to fire party leader, Tom Mulcair. As shocking as this vote was, the greater shock may be the decision of delegates to adopt the LEAP Manifesto - which is a sharp turn to the left from the 2015 NDP election platform.

 

The next year will be dominated by various NDP leadership candidates portraying themselves to be the best person to sell the LEAP Manifesto ideals. That almost guarantees the next leader of the NDP will come from either Toronto or Vancouver. I simply don't see the LEAP Manifesto attracting much new member support in other parts of the country.

 

The NDP did not consider what ousting Thomas Mulcair, the former Quebec Minister of the Environment, will mean for its future electoral hopes. With Mulcair out, the 14 seats that the NDP hold in Quebec are almost certainly in play.

 

Conservatives need to take a long hard look at how they - and not the Liberals - can capture the majority of these mostly rural Quebec seats. Voters in these ridings found Jack Layton and Thomas Mulcair as people they could relate to. I believe that the Conservatives need an equally relatable leader in order to win these extremely important seats.

 

Stephen Harper won three consecutive federal elections thanks to, in large part, the election outcomes in the Province of Quebec.

 

It's an admittedly curious statement to make considering that the Conservatives never won the most seats in Quebec in any of these elections. Yet in 2006 and 2008 it was due to the strength of the Bloc Quebecois - and in 2011 the NDP, that for those parties winning the most seats in Quebec paved the way for the Conservatives' victory. Had Quebec voted Liberal in any of these elections, the results would have been quite different for Canada.

 

Fast forward to the 2015 election, and this time, the Liberals win the majority of Quebec seats. Unfortunately, the Quebec seats that Trudeau took from a weakened NDP directly resulted in the Liberal majority in Parliament.

 

In 2019, Conservatives cannot hope to rely on a resurgent NDP or Bloc to siphon off Quebec support from Trudeau. If Conservatives want to return to Government in the next election, the key battleground will not be the 416/905 areas that the Toronto centric media like to pronounce.

 

Conservatives can only win by taking the plurality of seats in Quebec.

 

The stakes couldn't be higher for Canada in 2019. After leaving the country in very good financial footing despite enduring one of the worst global recessions in modern history, Conservatives are shocked to see Trudeau and Morneau fritter away our strength by selling off our gold reserves and spending recklessly towards record deficits.

 

One only need to look to Justin Trudeau's mentor, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, to see what's in store for Canada if Trudeau is re-elected in 2019 with another majority. Ontarians have seen their manufacturing jobs leave the province as a result of Wynne's ideology, and the province's infrastructure is collapsing under the weight of a record $300 Billion debt. Ontario is now the world's most indebted sub-sovereign borrower.

 

Is that the future we want for Canada?

 

There has never been a more important time for the Conservative Party of Canada to choose a leader who can win in 2019.

So far, we've only had two candidates who have filed to run.

 

In light of Mulcair's staggering loss, I believe that Maxime Bernier is the most qualified of the potential candidates for this position.

He's held several impressive senior level cabinet positions including Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business. Unlike Trudeau, Bernier also has considerable experience in the private sector too.

 

His conservative bona fides are strong. Bernier knows it's impossible to grow prosperity by growing our public debt. He understands the private sector cannot prosper by the reckless spending from public sector.

By reducing red tape and unshackling the potential of our small businesses and entrepreneurs, Bernier knows that opportunities, jobs, and innovation will bring on a new era of success and prosperity of Canada. He knows it because it's his record.

Maxime Bernier can win seats for Conservatives right across Canada.

 

Most importantly, being enormously popular in his home province, Maxime Bernier is the only Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate that can win the plurality of seats in Quebec.

 

By doing so, he stops Justin Trudeau in his tracks.

 

 

 

In government, it's debt - not taxes - that are the big problem

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM

The Canadian Taxpayer Federation is wading into municipal government affairs by asking its members to sign a petition with the following aims.

• Cap property taxes at current rates;

• Limit increases to inflation according to the consumer price index (CPI);

• Introduce a statute mandating that rate increases in property taxes may only be implement if passed by citizens through municipal referenda;

• Encourage municipal governments to reduce their reliance on the property tax base and move towards revenue-neutral user fees.

 

Although I agree with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation on some level, I will not be signing the petition. I believe that if these four items are implemented, the outcome would be worse for taxpayers, not better.

 

Here's why:

 

First, the biggest problem with municipal governments right across the province of Ontario isn't necessarily property taxes. Most municipal councils have a spending problem; but because voters are generally aware of property tax increases and user fee hikes, the majority of local councils have become much more creative at seeking alternative sources of funding.

 

The easiest alternative to seeking a property tax increase is public debt. Politicians have been racking up the public debt to record levels because it's mostly invisible to voters. For example, in York Region, a population of over 1.1 million, our public debt will be increasing to a record high of approximately $3.7 billion by 2020 - all while most members of the public remain unaware this is happening. Debt gives the politicians the money they want to spend, but the consequences are devastating.

The Province of Ontario is now the most indebted sub sovereign borrower in the world. Paying interest on the debt is the largest government expense after health care and education. Politicians felt that taking on this debt was preferable in a political sense to increasing taxes.

 

How bad is the Ontario Government's spending problem? To put it in perspective, the US State of California is more populous than all of Canada, yet the Ontario government's budget is larger than California.

 

What would have happened if the Ontario Government was forced to raise taxes (as opposed to accumulate more debt) to pay for such boondoggles as E-Health, gas plant cancellations, Ornge, Pan Am Games and so on? Would the public have been as likely to re-elect those responsible if the billions of dollars wasted by our Ontario Government were automatically reflected in hikes in Income tax and HST?

 

Wouldn't voters have been more likely to boot out the scoundrels after the first billion dollar scandal?

 

Allowing the Ontario Government to take on more public debt actually resulted in a government that is less accountable to voters.

 

The truth is that public debt eventually has to be paid back. The only outcome a government gets from increasing debt levels is a deferral on tax increases. Taxes will have to increase, but governments don't seem to be concerned with saddling the burden on the next generation.

 

Municipal governments in Ontario are prohibited from running a budget deficit. If the Canadian Taxpayer Federation gets its way and property taxes are curtailed, there is no guarantee that frivolous spending will cease. In fact, the only likely income we'd likely see is an increase in the municipality's debt load as the government looks for ways to replace revenue lost by capping property taxes.

 

The option presented of increasing user fees but keeping them "revenue neutral" isn't a solution either.

 

Adding road tolls on municipal streets will affect local commerce and employment levels.

 

Nor is hiking development charges the answer. It creates a shortage of affordable housing, meaning that young people will be forced to move away due to the high cost of living. That can have terrible consequences on local workforce needs.

 

And keep in mind that many programs offered by municipal government are meant to bolster our social safety net, such as subsidized housing or low cost recreation, and health programs for children and seniors. The impact of hiking user fees on the most vulnerable is not a solution for the municipal government's spending problem. Governments that don't invest in social safety net solutions know that the end result is higher taxes due to increased policing, jails, or emergency health care.

 

Here are a list of actions I can support:

 

1. Make public accountability officers mandatory. All municipal governments should have an Auditor General, an Ombudsman, an Integrity Commissioner with a Council Code of Conduct and a Lobbyist Registry. All three of these should be required to make a public report available on an annual basis.

 

2. Cap the amount of public debt accumulated annually relative to the size of the municipality's budget (with an exemption if a state of emergency has been declared). The municipality should be required to make public how the money was used and provide the public with a plan on how the money will be paid back.

 

3. Stop the unsavoury practice of "internal loans" where the municipality borrows money from its own reserves to pay for an initiative and then reports the transaction to the public as an "investment" of reserves.

 

While it's tempting for us to repeat the age-old mantra of "enough taxes," we need to address the greater need of out-of-control spending: spiralling debt levels in today's government.

 

Meet what's left of the Neville-Lake family

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 5:55 PM

This morning, in live time, the public heard the excruciating, agonizing account of what the Neville-Lake family went through when they lost their three children in a senseless drunk driving crash.

 

The criminal was Marco Muzzo.

 

The victims were Millie, Harry, Daniel and their grandfather - and of course their parents, Jennifer and Edward, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, employers, teachers, friends, neighbors - I could go on, but you get the point. The community grieved for the outstanding loss of these parents; in their mom's own words as she faced Muzzo in court today, "I'm going to show you how your choices became my consequences."

 

What followed was a gut wrenching account of what she and her husband have been through.

 

For example, she remembered asking the police in bewildered disbelief if all of her children were gone: "All of them...? Not one left?"

 

We learned that she often paces her empty home - once a loud, joyful place - looking for her children, wondering where they are.

 

We discovered that she watched her dying daughter's cervical collar fill with blood as she lay beside her in the hospital bed; the doctors keeping her remaining two kids alive on life support so that she and their dad could say goodbye.

 

She explained, in a courtroom in front of a judge and Mr. Muzzo, that she needed 20 pallbearers for the mass devastation wrought on her family.

 

We learned that the children's father, Edward, said his life was destroyed "beyond repair;" so much was this stay-at-home dad's pain excruciating that he surrendered his gun license to police because of how he felt.

 

Jennifer and Edward told us that their own existence, now, was pointless, as they struggle with their pain; the thought of suicide an option, but their faith in God holding them back.

 

I say all of these things, which make us uncomfortable, because we already know so much about Marco Muzzo and everything that he lost, but very little of the Neville-Lake's staggering loss, their everyday existence - a stark contrast to what Marco Muzzo's life could have been. We know he was about to get married; was young, wealthy, the entire world in front of him and all of it lost in a matter of seconds.

 

The media has a habit of focusing on the crime and the criminal, rarely the victim.

 

And though Mr. Muzzo's lawyer spoke to the media defending his client in the past during court hearings, today, after 15 victim impact statements, he said nothing, declining to talk to reporters.

 

Today's play by play account of what this family has been condemned to should be a wake -up call for all of us.

 

They are owed everything. Our laws, our community, our sanctity for human life should shield and protect this family.

 

When asked by the press if Jennifer Neville hated Marco Muzzo, she replied it wasn't a path she wanted to go down.

 

While it's easy for the rest of us to feel contempt and hatred for Marco Muzzo, for Jennifer and Edward that emotion would be like facing the devil himself.

 

Please keep this family in your prayers tonight.

 

Please don't forget them, ever.

 

 

 

Justin Trudeau: Voters "need to learn, so let's teach them a lesson"

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM

What are Canadians to make of Justin Trudeau meddling in an Ontario provincial by-election with his rally in Whitby last night?

 

It certainly doesn't auger well for us that he would do so. It's especially frightening that he would decide to butt into provincial politics all the while intending making changes to the very fabric of Canadian democracy by changing how Canadians vote via electoral reform - and without any referendum.

The by election in the riding of Whitby Oshawa is an inconsequential one. Kathleen Wynne's Liberals hold a majority government and that fact won't change after by-election ballots are counted.

 

While it seems odd that Wynne will go well beyond reasonable measures to win a meaningless by-election, what she's really doing is putting all the stops to ensure her failing record isn't noticed by voters. Recall her last by-election was in Sudbury - and that race resulted in criminal charges being laid against a high ranking Liberal Party of Ontario organizer. The premiere's own chief of staff, Patricia Sorbora, was also embroiled in controversy, although she escaped being formally charged.

 

So it should be no surprise that Wynne would call in a marker with Justin Trudeau to try and eke out a win on Thursday. After all, nobody campaigned harder for Trudeau during last year's federal election than Kathleen Wynne, resulting in an overwhelming loss for conservative seats in the GTA.

 

I'm certain that she feels Trudeau owes her for his own electoral success.

 

Was it a wise decision for the Prime Minister to heed her call for help? From the many veteran political observers I know, nobody can recall another incident of a sitting Prime Minister involving himself in a provincial by-election, let alone one as meaningless as Whitby-Oshawa's. What Justin Trudeau did last night was unprecedented in politics. And it wasn't just Trudeau as PM endorsing a provincial candidate, it was the Liberal Party of Canada. (Political insiders should note while conservative MP's traditionally lend a hand to their provincial cousins, it was Harper's policy for the Conservative Party of Canada not to get involved).

 

But the Prime Minister was unapologetic for his actions. He told last night's chicken-wing eating audience, "over the past few weeks we’ve seen that some folks out there still need to learn. So let’s teach them a lesson.”

 

But it's the "lesson" that he's conveying which should highlight a giant red flag to democracy loving Canadians. His "win at all costs" tactics is dangerous in the hands of the man with the power to rig future elections in his favour.

 

How can Canadians trust Prime Minister Trudeau to draft a replacement to first past the post democracy if he illustrates an obsession for winning even the most meaningless of elections? Will Trudeau's election reform be akin to when Napoleon took the crown from the Pope's hands and declared himself Emperor?

 

The audacity of Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne in Whitby goes well beyond this Ontario by-election. It affects all of Canada. It should send shivers up the spines of all Canadians, regardless of party lines. The Prime Minister of Canada is signaling to us that he intends to win every election, and he will use whatever is at his disposal to achieve his goals.

 

Recent polls show that Kathleen Wynne's job approval rating sits at 21%. It's fair to suggest odds are very good that she will lose the next general election. The Prime Minister of Canada will have to work with whomever the next Premier of Ontario will be. As Canada's most populous province, Ontario's confederation doesn't work if the federal government feuds with Queen's Park. The last time that happened was when then premier Bob Rae feuded with Jean Chretien - and that was disastrous for the country.

 

A Prime Minister has to work with whomever is the Premier of Ontario.

 

Regardless of the result of Thursday's by-election, we already know who the biggest loser will be.

Canada's democracy.

 

Why should the rest of Canada care about fairness in Ontario elections?

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:50 AM

All of Canada should be taking heed of what Greg Essensa has been saying.

 

Essensa is the Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of Ontario. Since 2007, he's been keeping tabs on who is spending on political advertising and how much money is being spent. He has noted a very disturbing trend.

 

In the June 2014 election, all registered political parties spent $7.4 million on advertising during the campaign period. Third party advertisers (but let's call a spade a spade - the public sector unions) spent a combined $8.4 million on political advertising during that same period.

 

Essensa feels third party political advertising spending has gotten out of hand and that the government needs to put in place rules to ensure fairness.

 

Why should the rest of Canada care about fairness in Ontario elections?

 

With oil falling to the $30 per barrel range, the Canadian dollar has been in a deep slide. Yesterday, it was announced that to purchase one American dollar now costs Canadians $1.43 CDN. That means the price of food, clothing, electronics, and anything else that is imported into the country from elsewhere is costing us more.

 

Analysts are predicting the Canadian dollar will continue to slide falling to historic lows - a whopping $0.59. The cost of our day to day living just won't keep up; and this particularly affects Canadians living on fixed income - seniors, the poor, and many others.

 

In the past, a low Canadian dollar would be a shot in the arm for the Ontario economy, which at the time had a robust manufacturing sector. But the Ontario Liberals, with illogical faith in "green jobs," killed manufacturing in the province, exporting hundreds of thousands of Ontario jobs to places like Mexico and China. The culprit is the Ontario Liberal government's disastrous Green Energy Act, that now has Ontarians paying the highest electricity rates globally.

 

The Green Energy Act was passed in 2009 and was supposed to usher in an era of alternate, renewable energy for the province. Electricity created by wind, solar and bio-mass were touted as the panacea for Ontario's nascent green economy. Meanwhile, in Europe, many nations who attempted what Premier Wynne continues to propose, are quickly reversing plans and reverting back to cheap energy. Wynne is promising to succeed with her flawed strategy, as opposed to learning from the expensive mistakes others have made.

 

The truth is the promised green jobs have not materialized to offset the hundreds of thousands manufacturing jobs that were lost. Despite a weak loonie, Ontario's high energy costs are too prohibitive for manufacturers to return. Other jurisdictions in the rust belt, Michigan, Ohio and others, are returning to their pre-2008 GDP. Ontario's economy continues to list.

 

“That Ontario has a serious growth problem is rather difficult to deny, or debate,” is the blunt assessment of the Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group, Kevin Lynch.

 

And an Ontario economy piloted into the rocks by Kathleen Wynne is something Canada can ill-afford when places like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland are hit by $30/barrel oil prices.

 

Ontario needs better energy prices and better roads to chart a new course towards economic growth. We are not going to get either from Kathleen Wynne.

 

The only way to change Canada's economic forecast is to replace Kathleen Wynne and her failed policies.

 

To accomplish that, we need to listen to what Greg Essensa is saying about those underhanded public sector unions who seek to control the outcome of the next election with their multi-million dollar advertising budgets.

 

Kevin O'Leary promised $1,000,000 if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley would resign. We need that kind of hubris here in Ontario.

There are a lot of people with Kevin O'Leary-type balance sheets in this province and Ontarians need them to do something great for this country. It's time to pool together funds to offset the public sector union spending and ensure we put an end to the current dark ages.

 

The rest of Canada is depending on us.

 


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