Ontario elites have long misread their citizens’ anger. It elected Bob Rae, Mike Harris and Rob Ford. The ineptitude of Howard Hampton, Ernie Eves and Tim Hudak gave McGuinty a pass for years. Now Hudak has learned the importance of authenticity and sounds more like a leader. Andrea Horwath is offering a powerful — yes, populist — vision tempered by reality and not fiscal fantasy.
Meanwhile, Ontario has recaptured the most shameful crown it has ever worn — we are the most dependent sub-national government in the world — on the cruel demands of global bond traders. We will soon pay them more of every tax dollar than any state or province on earth!
The last time we so completely sold our future to bond-holders it gave birth to the angriest right-wing government Ontario has ever seen. Voters are angry again. They have not yet decided whom to punish. One thing seems clear. It is not likely to be the leader whom their hated elites so enthusiastically bash.
The Federal Court has released the full ruling on the validity of the environmental assessment that had provided preliminary approval for a new build of nuclear units neighbouring the existing Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Darlington generating station.
The issue was in court due to Greenpeace Canada, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Northwatch and Canadian Environmental Law Association – all professional anti-nuclear veterans. The comrades had celebrated the ruling in a May 15th news release:
“The Federal Court has thrown out the approvals for building new reactors at Darlington.”
 My specific findings of inadequacies and unreasonableness in the EA Report do not vitiate the whole Report, although it seems to me that some reconsideration and corrective action is required that will allow the Cabinet and s. 37 decision-makers to assess, or re-assess, the whole Project and make their decision accordingly. I have attempted to craft a remedy that will allow this to happen without discarding what appears to me to be the highly competent work accomplished by the Panel.Read More »
Nowhere are “energy consumption taxes” shown to be progressive, by any coherent usage of the term. That doesn’t, in itself, make the taxes a bad idea, but Aldyen Donnelly has a strong argument that data does shows taxing this necessity to be a counter-productive action.
“Ontario is faced with a staggering debt” Dwight Duncan recently said.
Yesterday PC leader Tim Hudak caused a campaign stir in claiming he’d get 100,000 people off the public payroll. Simple math: 100,000 at $100,000/yr = $10 billion, which is less than the year’s deficit.
If people aren’t cut, what would be cut?