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[NEWS] Twelve 2018 Ontario general election links (#onpoli, #elxn2018)

  • John Lorinc at Spacing takes a look at Ontario’s “crazy-ass” election and warns about what a Ford government might do, based on Toronto precedents.
  • blogTO reports on a house on Dupont at Franklin, in the Junction Triangle, that has a fantastic political lawn sign display.
  • “General Zod for Ontario Premier”, indeed. The National Post reports on some imaginative signage.
  • Mitch Potter reports from Egansville, a small town in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario, to look at some of the causes of Ford’s strength there.
  • Peter Biesterfeld at NOW Toronto reports on the fear of many that Doug Ford could be an even worse version of Mike Harris.
  • Robyn Urback suggests that, had the Liberals under Wynne tried to position themselves as thoroughly centrist, they might have had a chance. CBC has it.
  • Rob Salerno wonders at Daily Xtra if the unpopularity of Kathleen Wynne, a politician whose policies are popular and being substantially copied by rivals, has anything to do with homophobia.
  • Will Kathleen Wynne be able to keep her riding of Don Valley North? The jury is still out there. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The riding of Guelph may well be where the Green Party of Ontario will elect its first MPP. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Meagan Campbell takes a look at Andrea Horvath, and her journey from working-class Hamilton to NDP leadership and perhaps beyond, over at MacLean’s.
  • Tim Harper takes a look, two decades later, at the controversial NDP government of Bob Rae. Does it still cast as much of a shadow over Ontario? The Toronto Star has it.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at the idea of uploading the Toronto subway system to Metrolinx, and at the many ways this Doug Ford proposal would make things terribly complicated.

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, Canadian citizens, Three Percenters

  • Doug Ford hired a crowd of actors to pretend to be supporters. Is this astroturfing a sign of American influence on Canadian politics? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Andrew MacDougall at MacLean’s argues a question tossed off in passing by Doug Ford to Kathleen Wynne, asking where she lost her way, resonates at a deep level about her government. The article is ,a href=”https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/doug-ford-nails-kathleen-wynne-to-a-losing-way/”>here.
  • Steve Paikin wonders about the extent to which an unvoiced homophobia may be contributing to the low popularity levels of a Kathleen Wynne who, herself, has not done much outright wrong. His TVO blog has it.
  • NOW Toronto is entirely right to recommend people born Canadian citizens take witness, at least, of citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians. I can testify that it really is moving.
  • The Three Percenters are the latest nativist social media-driven militia group in Canada, worthy of attention and concern. CBC reports.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Doug Ford, Donald Trump, Buy American, Ontario vs Québec, Senate

  • Robyn Urback argues that Doug Ford needs to do more than to distinguish himself from Wynne, that he needs a positive identity among non-Ford Nation voters in his own right, over at CBC.
  • Martin Regg Cohn notes ten major points of similarity between Doug Ford and Donald Trump, as populist leaders of a certain kind, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ontario action against Buy American policies have already reduced in reduced purchases of New York steel. Global News reports.
  • Chantal Hébert argues that while Justin Trudeau wants Liberals to remain in power in both Québec and Ontario, a Liberal loss to the PCs in Ontario would be far more damaging than a Liberal loss to CAQ in Québec. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Listening to an astonishingly ill-informed debate in the Canadian Senate on marijuana legalization made Chris Selley into someone favouring the abolition of the upper house. The National Post a href=”http://nationalpost.com/opinion/chris-selley-listening-to-debate-over-legalized-marijuana-bill-convinced-me-we-need-to-abolish-the-senate”>has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Hamilton, London, Montréal

  • This older CBC article looking at how many Torontonians, seeking affordable housing, are moving to Hamilton and in so doing transforming that city, is still very worthwhile.
  • The question facing Hamilton city council, of how it will handle LRT funding given a Ford government, is pressing. Global News reports.
  • $C 11 billion in funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail link between Toronto and London, via Kitchener-Waterloo, is nice. If only Wynne gets re-elected. Global News reports.
  • I wish Montréal mayor Valérie Plante luck in her effort to bring major-league baseball back to her metropolis. Global News reports.
  • Robert Everett-Green’s take on Montréal as it is often depicted, as an idyllic mess, is worthy of note if perhaps not agreement. The Globe and Mail has it.

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Ford vs Wynne, Ontario and Québec, John Tory, NDP

  • Will portraying Doug Ford as a bully actually be a viable strategy for his opponents?
  • Paul Wells takes a look at the contrasting policies of Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford, each with their own set of promises, over at MacLean’s.
  • The contrast between Ontario and Québec, as their incumbent Liberal governments approach election time and their fiscal records are coming into question, is illuminating. CBC contrasts and compares.
  • I agree entirely with the idea that Mayor John Tory has to prepare Toronto for the worst coming from Queen’s Park. The Toronto Star made the case.
  • The argument of Nora Loreto that the NDP has lost the plot and, in Ontario at least, are not ready for government, makes me a NDP voter sad.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 3, 2018 at 7:45 pm

[NEWS] Five Ontario politics links: media, Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, progressives, real estate

  • What should Ontario’s media take from the rise of Donald Trump in the United States? How should it deal with populists? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Enzo DiMatteo at NOW Toronto looks at the plausibility of Doug Ford’s eventual election as premier of Ontario. Full circle, indeed.
  • Éric Grenier makes the point that the odds in favour of Kathleen Wynne pulling off a Liberal victory are substantially worse now than in 2014, over at CBC.
  • Bob Hepburn makes the argument that, faced with splitting the progressive vote and allowing a PC victory, the Liberals and NDP and Greens should start thinking hard. Metro Toronto has it.
  • MacLean’s notes how Doug Ford’s plans for taxation and real estate could unleash a housing bubble in Ontario, here.

[NEWS] Five politics links on the Ontario PCs

  • Patrick Brown, recently fired, has registered as a candidate in the Ontario PC leadership race. CBC reports.
  • Martin Regg Cohn notes how the leadership race, wholly unexpected, reveals the PC’ weakness, rival leaders tearing each other and their party alike, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Robert Benzie notes that getting rid of Patrick Brown has actually helped the PCs versus the Liberals, by giving the main opposition party in Ontario a chance at a more appealing leader. His article is available at the Toronto Star.
  • Doug Ford and Christine Elliott have promised, if elected, to revisit the controversial sex-ed curriculum introduced by Wynne and the Liberals. CBC reports.
  • Rob Salerno at Daily Xtra suggests that Christine Elliott’s LGBT-friendly policies in previous years could be a good sign to her preferred policies if selected as party leader.

[URBAN NOTE] “Kathleen Wynne says she’ll sign waivers to allow documentary’s release”

The affair of the TVO documentary of Kathleen Wynne strikes me as needless. What could there possibly be in it so damaging? That it will be released, as the Toronto Star notes, is for the best.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday she expects to soon sign release forms that will enable some version of a controversial documentary about her to be broadcast.

“We have wanted this documentary to be released,” she said, adding her “motivation” for participating was that she wanted to show Ontarians the inner working of their government and that she is not trying to exert editorial control over the project.

She said she expects to sign the waivers as early as next week, saying she has not seen the footage.

The original documentary that was set to air on TVOntario was to offer a behind-the-scenes look at Wynne and her government in the lead-up to the 2015 provincial budget. It hit a roadblock last month after director Roxana Spicer quit the project in protest after Wynne’s office refused to sign release forms.

The film also depicted Wynne under siege during February’s Sudbury byelection scandal, when Wynne, her deputy chief of staff Pat Sorbara and local Liberal activist Gerry Lougheed urged to step aside to pave the way for former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm

[BRIEF NOTE] On the undeniable eloquence and political chops of Kathleen Wynne

Yesterday, Kathleen Wynne had a crowning moment of awesome as she defended her government’s proposed new sex education curriculum.

Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton is openly critical of the updated curriculum and says it’s not the job of the premier — “especially Kathleen Wynne” — to tell parents what is age appropriate for their children.

Wynne, who is openly gay, responded by pointedly demanding that McNaughton explain why he feels she is not qualified to set standards for kids in schools.

Her response was wonderfully eloquent.

“What is it that especially disqualifies me for the job that I’m doing? Is it that I’m a woman? Is it that I’m a mother? Is it that I have a master’s of education? Is it that I was a school council chair? Is it that I was the minister of education? What is it exactly that the member opposite thinks disqualifies me from doing the job that I’m doing?”

And today, PC MPP Rick Nicholls came out about his disbelief in evolution.

Who these days remember that Kathleen Wynne was supposed to be a Liberal placeholder before an inevitable Progressive Conservative government in Ontario?

Written by Randy McDonald

February 26, 2015 at 3:29 am

[URBAN NOTE] “John Tory elected as Toronto’s new mayor, replacing Rob Ford”

The Globe and Mail confirms what I heard on CBC earlier: John Tory got elected mayor of Toronto. The note of the authors that relations with the province of Ontario might proceed smoothly is worth sharing, too.

John Tory will be the next mayor of Canada’s largest city, a victory that marks the end of the often-turbulent reign of the Ford brothers at Toronto city hall.

Mr. Tory, a former Rogers executive and radio host, had a 47,000-vote lead with more than 1,650 of the 1,767 polls reporting, a lead wide enough to declare him the winner just minutes after voting ended Monday night.

Doug Ford, who jumped into the race at the last minute as a substitute for his ailing brother was in second place. Former NDP MP Olivia Chow, who entered the campaign as the frontrunner, but saw her lead evaporate over the summer, came in third.

[. . .]

In China, where she is travelling on provincial business, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne heaved a sigh of relief.

“Hallelujah!” the Premier said as she heard the results, shortly after finishing a morning run photo-op with Chinese athletes and international school students at a stadium in Shanghai.

While Ms. Wynne has remained nominally neutral in the race for mayor, her caucus broke heavily for Mr. Tory. Sources in government said the Liberals were fans of his signature Smart Track policy. And Liberals insiders fretted about the prospect of working with Mr. Ford for the next four years.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 28, 2014 at 1:07 am