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Post by deja vu » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:42 am

How to become Provincial Party Leader for the Liberals and shoot yourself in the foot at the same time.

http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/b ... rday-night
In his victory speech, Wilkinson thanked former premiers Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark, promising to carry on their work.

“That is the heritage we have to build on as a party,” said Wilkinson, to a ballroom of Liberal supporters at the Wall Centre in Vancouver. “That is where we came from and that is where we have to honour and respect.
Honour and respect are not two words that are wise to use when praising Clark and Campbell, but especially Clark. Her disasters that she tried to cover up, such as ICBC, Site C dam, and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline are coming to light and the hatred for her party is strong and growing. Just lining himself up with them is enough to keep them in the opposition.
Wilkinson said he would reach out to young voters, do a better job of promoting the Liberal plan for the environment and wildlife management, and try to appeal to female voters. He also promised to fight to defeat the proportional representation referendum.
They hate the environment, wildlif on land and water is well known. Appeal to female voters? if they think they can win on that, they are sadly mistaken.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:52 pm

The Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race now has three candidates: Caroline Mulroney (Lapham) has added her name to join Christine Elliott and Doug Ford to campaign for the top job.

http://torontosun.com/news/national/car ... 54a4755824

http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnist ... or-ontario

http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/m ... nowy-night
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:53 pm

The provincial government in Ontario revealed its budget plan for this fiscal year. Ontarians will be heading to a provincial election on June 7.
As well, there will be measures in the budget to reduce “the cost of child care, which has long been a stumbling block for growing families.”

“At the same time, government programs that are already making it easier for you to care for your loved ones, and help them to succeed, will be expanded. OHIP+, the pharmacare program that is providing free medications for children and youth, will be expanded to include other parts of the population.”

The speech added that “more people without a drug or dental benefits plan will have access to more affordable prescription drugs and dental care.”

That comes as the New Democrats are promising a $1.2 billion public dental scheme if Horwath becomes premier.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark ... tario.html

The Ontario New Democrat Party disclosed its dental care for all Ontarians plan details. Cost: $1.2 billion.
Businesses will be given the option of participating in the public Ontario Benefits program or a comparable private workplace benefits plan.

It would be free for anyone earning less than $30,000 a year and the most anyone would have to contribute off their paycheque to cover the employees’ portion of the mandatory plan would be $4.33 a week.

“Mom and Pop family businesses are going to have an even playing field when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, and taking care of their staff,” she added.

“And artists and entrepreneurs will have the freedom to pursue their dreams, without worrying that their health or their family’s health could suffer from the lack of benefits.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark ... -plan.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:08 pm

Canadians are going to see the last new episode of the CBC's Rick Mercer Report tonight on TV. The host decided that this was his last year as a series performer.
Canadians always looked forward to seeing how current political news was going to be satirized on his show and which politician might feature in a segment. Mercer also mocked popular television commercials and did stops in small towns and big cities as part of his show's "roots" appearances.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu May 10, 2018 3:10 pm

Ontario residents will be electing new representatives to form the next provincial government on June 7. Elections Ontario has started to mail out guides about the election process.

Opinion pieces and debates have begun as the campaign started at the beginning of May. Here's one columnist's take on the election:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-co ... ening.html

There are four major political parties and smaller ones too. I'm still trying to find out which parties have candidates in my riding!
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed May 30, 2018 5:05 pm

Next week, on June 7, Ontarians will get to vote for new representatives for their ridings.

This week, advance voting locations were open in ridings to allow people who are likely not to be present on June 7 to cast ballots. Elections Ontario was to mail out cards through Canada Post between May 17-25. However, not all of the voter registration cards have been mailed out.
“We rely on our partnership with Canada Post to deliver essential voter information on time,” said Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa in the statement. “We are clearly disappointed that we have not received the level of service that we have come to expect from our long-standing partner.”

Canada Post expected to have the cards in the mail by end of day Wednesday, and said it experienced a “mechanized process failure,” and processed the batch manually. It is now investigating the cause, but has delivered the 8.5 million other cards successfully.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark ... -post.html

So if you were debating about going to cast a ballot at an advance poll location, be aware that they close at 8pm EDT today! Bring your identification and an advance poll clerk can verify your name on the voter list or have you complete a form for any changes or to add you to the list.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Post by deja vu » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:24 pm

Canadians should celebrate the appointment of former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair to the newly created position of Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

There just isn’t a better person in the country for this job. From his years as a beat cop to running Toronto’s police, he’s shown the toughness, the leadership, the integrity to take on some of the toughest tasks imaginable. He’s done it respecting everyone’s rights. And he’s always achieved solid results, making our communities safer.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contrib ... lence.html

Many will be counting on Blair to fix what Harper messed with and beef up any other issues inside this file. All common sense and should not have been messed with in the first place.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Post by CielOnTap » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:53 pm

Does Canada wish to see a postal strike in September? A majority of Canada Post workers, who have been without a contract since winter, are in a strike vote position in early September.
https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story ... to-strike/

This time in July could be a good moment to consider which of your bills and statements might benefit from a switch to electronic billing and also whether you want direct deposits for any tax credit or pension payments from the government. It takes time to set up direct deposit, so give yourself enough time to allow for receipt by mail of a letter confirming that any direct deposit arrangement has been established.

Otherwise, you might be checking daily in September to see which pieces of utilty mail do make it to the mailbox.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Post by deja vu » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:49 am

Probably the best news of the year for BC. Amid all of their province wide devastating forest fires, BC won a huge victory over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker ... -1.4804495
In a stunning blow, the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the government's approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project — a major victory for Indigenous groups and environmentalists opposed to the $7.4-billion project.

First Nations' leaders will hold a news conference in Vancouver at 12:30 p.m. ET to react to the decision. CBCnews.ca will carry it live.

In the decision released Thursday, and written by Justice Eleanor Dawson, the court found the National Energy Board's assessment of the project was so flawed that it should not have been relied on by the federal cabinet when it gave final approval to proceed in November 2016.

The certificate approving construction and operation of the project has been nullified, leaving the project in legal limbo until the energy regulator and the government reassess their approvals to satisfy the court's demands.

In effect, the court has halted construction of the 1,150-kilometre project indefinitely.
The ex BC Liberal Gov't wanted it despite the majority of voters saying NO. The new NDP government has worked hard to reverse that decision, and lost in court, but thanks to the Provincial
Indigenous groups, it has been halted and may end up in the SC of Canada, but that can be a very slow process and no guarantee they will even hear the case. Right now it is dead in the water,
and the next move is up to the Federal Govenment and Kinder Morgan.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Post by deja vu » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:07 pm

If you are a rural post office worker for Canada Post, Christmas just came early in the form of big big back checks. And a nice pay raise across the board and retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and they are loving the ruling by the arbitrator. Lets hope this avoids the possibility of a strike by the end of next week.

https://www.timescolonist.com/arbitrato ... 1.23437497
OTTAWA — Rural and suburban postal workers across Canada celebrated Thursday after an arbitrator ordered Canada Post to pay them more — much more — as part of a long-awaited pay equity decision.

For a majority of the Crown agency's mostly-female rural and suburban carriers, known as RSMCs, the ruling translates into a 25-per-cent pay hike, plus some increased benefits, Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:33 pm

A report reveals how difficult it was for Air Force personnel to act with VIPs on board on military planes where alcohol was present.

Alcohol is not normally served on military flights but had been authorized by Vance for the Team Canada trips. And it was the “catalyst” for the problems on this trip, according to the air force.

The results of a special investigation ordered by Vance confirm that the problems started even before the military CC-150 Polaris aircraft left Ottawa on Dec. 1 on its first leg to Athens.

Some passengers consumed alcohol waiting for the flight and were allowed to carry their drinks on to the plane while boarding. None of the civilian passengers underwent security screening and at least one unidentified passenger brought his own bottle of rum onboard that was consumed by other passengers. The cabin crew were immediately concerned with the level of intoxication of some passengers. Indeed, two passengers were so intoxicated, they urinated themselves.
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Post by deja vu » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:32 am

And so it begins. Rotating strikes in Victoria (&surrounding islands), Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax. The rest of the country will get mail today. Who knows who will not tomorrow.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/ ... monday-if/
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Post by CielOnTap » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:01 am

Greater Toronto area in Ontario is today's site of Canada Post strikes-one day after municipal elections mostly took place (a couple of municipalities had issues yesterday so voting has been extended into today):
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/1 ... kouts.html

John Tory returns as Toronto's mayor, Fred Eisenberger keeps Hamilton (his third term) and Bonnie Crombie remains mayor of Mississauga, ON.
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Post by dreamon » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:54 am

By election results are in.

Burnaby, B.C. was won by the NDP and now their federal leader will have a seat in the House of Commons. Liberals came in second and the 2 conservative parties did some vote splitting (Good news if that continues into the Federal election). They predicted that when the Conservative party basically split into 2 separate parties, vote splitting would be a factor and so far that is coming true.

York-Simcoe, Ontario as expected was won by the Conservatives, liberals a distance second and the NDP even further back. That is a Conservative strong hold so no surprise there.

The big surprise was in Outremont, Quebec. The NDP had held the seat until today. Liberals won it by a good margin, NDP came in second. The 3rd place was a surprise. The Green Party took that followed closely by the Bloc. The 2 Conservative parties barely registered.

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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:56 pm

Ontario, the province that is run by Premier Doug Ford with the constant use of the line "For The People", just passed Bill 66 that will allow employers to average the hours of overtime worked by employees, thus controlling actual pay paid out for working said overtime.

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9263 ... -overtime/

The bill, as posted on the Ontario Legistative Assembly website:
https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-busi ... -1/bill-66

Bill 66 also ends the "construction employer" designations for some Ontario cities, which were restricted in only accepting construction bids from unionized companies. https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-ne ... n-employer
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:43 pm

Canada's next federal election day is on October 21, 2019. Advance polls open this week to residents who may not be able to attend on voting day to cast their ballots.

Five of the six major party leaders (Elizabeth May did not qualify per TVA criteria that a party had to have at least one seat from Quebec) had been invited by TVA network in Quebec to have a French language debate last week.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/key-mo ... -1.5306941
On Monday October 7, all five (correction: there were six leaders in the debate, as the Bloc Quebecois leader participated) of the major party leaders had an English language debate in Ottawa on the CBC channel. There are other parties also fielding candidates in this election. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/leader ... -1.5312639

Currently, Justin Trudeau is campaigning to get his Liberal party re-elected into government again. He's facing competition from the other parties.

I can say that it's 2019 and Canadians have had four years of assessing how well the "because it's 2015" line worked for the current federal government.
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Re: Canadian Political Watch

Post by deja vu » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:12 pm

Scheers lies/misleading information is piling up against him, not to mention the racism issues, and so
much more.

I would love to see the NDP as opposition and Scheer finish in 3rd place. Only question is will it be a
minority or majority for JT.

Early voting gets extra days in a row this year, usually it happens over 2 weekends, but with this long
Thanksgiving weekend there are 4 days in a row, no excuse not to get out and vote.
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Post by dreamon » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:46 pm

Just goes to show that fear/hate mongering, and a smear campaign when Scheer tried to discredit Bernier did not work. Would prefer majority,
but will take a minority with PM Justin Trudeau in charge. Most of Canada will sleep well knowing this. Only big question is how mad will the Conservative Party be at their leader Andrew Scheer. His tactics, and personal coverups failed and some that didn't want him as leader are probably considering removing him after this bad showing.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federa ... -1.5329485

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Post by deja vu » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:52 pm

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has resigned as leader, and while he says he will stay until a new
leader is found, he may not survive that long.

After all the attacks on the PM Trudeau before, during and after the election as an eliteist and abusing
public money, we find out that it is Scheer that is the eliteist and abusing public money by taking donations
to the Conservative Party and using it to pay for his 5 kids to attend private school. No one donating to the
party had a clue that the money they sent to help the party would be to pay for 5 kids of the leader to get an
expensive education. Scheer lives in the opposition mansion, all expenses paid, so no excuse for this abuse
of money. No where on the Conservative website does it say that your donations may be used to pay for Scheers
kids education, just to help the Conservatives to be elected to run the country.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british- ... -1.5394703

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba ... -1.5394249
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