Ford needs to end the Metrolinx fiasco

Ford needs to end the Metrolinx fiascoThere's no way Ford should trust Metrolinx with another dollar of taxpayers’ cash Imagine you’ve hired contractors to do a home renovation project. You’ve finally saved enough money to add that second bathroom you’ve always wanted. What would you do if, halfway through the job, the contractors came to you and said that costs had…

Capping energy industry emissions is all pain, no gain

Capping energy industry emissions is all pain, no gainApplies only to oil and gas sector. Quebec aircraft manufacturers, Ontario auto plants get a free ride It’s hard to wrap one’s head around what $45 billion represents. It’s such a huge number that, for most of us, it essentially becomes meaningless. And yet, it’s about as much as our federal government spends in a…

Ford government must stand strong against union demands

Ford government must stand strong against union demandsFord should follow BC’s example if the union continues to refuse to accept a reasonable offer Ontario taxpayers need to know some important numbers as CUPE squares off with the government over wages. Their province is facing a fiscal reckoning. Their province is $469 billion in debt. Their province is the most-indebted sub-national government in…

Ford should be bold and cut the sales tax to counter inflation

Ford should be bold and cut the sales tax to counter inflationSales taxes make the inflation fire worse It’s time for Premier Doug Ford to be bold. The cost of living is soaring for Ontario families. To deliver relief to every Ontarian across the province, Ford should cut the provincial sales tax. Ford owes Ontarians relief. He promised to cut income taxes for the middle class…

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: women

But women have challenges that most men don’t have when entering the trades

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: womenThe fridge has stopped working, and your frozen food is melting. You call your usual appliance repair service only to find its cadre of four technicians has dwindled to two overloaded workers. They’ll do their best to come as soon as possible but can’t give a specific date. You contact friends about stuffing some food…

Ontario balances its budget for the first time in 14 years

So why doesn't Ford want you to know about it?

Ontario balances its budget for the first time in 14 yearsWell, I was wrong when I projected it would take Premier Doug Ford two years to balance the budget. It’s already balanced. But here’s the funny thing: he doesn’t want you to know about it. My two-year timeframe, which seemed optimistic just a few months ago, was based on a report released by Ontario’s Financial…

John Tory sleepwalks to a third term as Toronto mayor

This has been a cakewalk or, if you prefer, a sleepwalk for the incumbent Toronto mayor

John Tory sleepwalks to a third term as Toronto mayorSeveral Canadian provinces are in the midst of municipal elections this month. B.C. residents voted on Oct. 15. Many mayors were either re-elected or acclaimed. A few were defeated, including Colin Basran in Kelowna (by businessman Tom Dyas), Mike Morden in Maple Ridge (by former Liberal MP Dan Ruimy) and Fred Haynes in Saanich (by…

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standards

The feds should be cutting taxes, not raising them

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standardsThe rising cost of living isn’t an act of God or nature. Politicians are making it worse every day. You can find politicians who are making life more affordable for taxpayers. But those politicians don’t live in Ottawa. Ottawa is raising gas taxes, payroll taxes and even alcohol taxes. Meanwhile, 51 other national governments are…

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall short

Governments’ failure to care about low-wage workers has meant real-dollar pay cuts for those who can afford them least

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall shortTen years ago, advocates in the United States started a campaign for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. In 2014, low-wage workers in B.C. and Ontario followed suit. Before long, the call for $15 had spread right across the country. Eight years later, how do the provinces measure up? Six provincial governments increased the minimum wage this…

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about time

Canadians need to understand how their food supply chains really work

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about timeWith the hype caused by the scandal at Hockey Canada, few noticed last week that Ottawa decided to investigate food prices and the alleged abuse by large grocery chains. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and the members of the Committee will examine the problem in the coming weeks. We must first welcome Ottawa’s decision.…
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