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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Alvin Tedjo

Alvin Tedjo is the 2nd of the Ontario Liberal Leadership candidates to turn in his answers to my “5 Questions” series. You can find his website here. His answers are again unedited by me and presented in their original format below.

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Michael Coteau

If you were to search through my archives, you would find back in 2012 that I did a series of “5 Questions” with Ontario Liberal Party leadership candidates who were running to replace Dalton McGuinty (eventually won by Kathleen Wynne). It is 2019 and we have another OLP leadership race, and so I figured I’d pull the 5 Questions format out again and quiz the candidates. I’ve heard from 6 of the 7 candidates who were willing to participate – the 7th I’ve not heard back from as of yet, but will include in this series if they wish to participate. I thank all of the candidates for participating […]

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Election 43 Aftermath: Free Advice For The Conservative Party

Find a new leader that is a bit more moderate on social issues (Rona Ambrose, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt even) and bring back more progressive policies. Regarding Climate change; if you folks don’t want a carbon tax, you’ll need something more convincing to environmentally conscious voters then basically proposing some magic technology that hasn’t been invented yet to fight it. 63% of Canadians voted for parties that supported carbon pricing and who had serious climate change plans.

A big obstacle to climb if you persist in opposing this. As Chantal Hebert said on the CBC panel a couple of nights ago, from here on in, any party without […]

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The Writ Drops in Canada

Today starts the official first day of the election campaign, with the Prime Minister asking the Governor-General to dissolve Parliament for an election taking place on Oct 21st.

With that announcement, I may be a little more active on this blog, although as you see on my twitter feed on the right hand sidebar, I’ve still been fairly active, though not as posting here as much.

We start this campaign with opinion polls more or less showing a dead heat nationally.. although most of those same polls have also shown the Liberals have the initial advantage with good leads in Eastern Canada – specifically Ontario and Quebec. […]

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Still here! (Sorta)

Its been awhile since I posted something here.. so I felt the need to add a blog entry to indicate I’m still alive. (If you read my twitter account at the right sidebar, you’ll see I am indeed around still).

Lots of things have happened in a couple of months. We have Doug Ford and his government MPP’s more concerned about photo-ops in corner stores complaining they can’t buy beer there then they are about the fact they’re likely to get penalized up to 1 billion dollars for breaking the contract with the Beer Store in order to do this, rather then wait 6 years when the contract is […]

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The Liberal Party has bungled SNC-Lavalin terribly.

I can’t say I agree with much of my Liberal social media/blogger colleagues who are thinking this is a great thing that former Cabinet Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott got booted over their dissent as to how SNC Lavalin was being handled and the pressure being sent JWR’s way to give the company a prosecution break. The LPC has made martyrs out of them, & the optics of removing them and what caused them to resign in the first place doesn’t remove the SNC issue; it probably amplifies it for a while.

For the record, I am also very disappointed it came to this. I think it could […]

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Doug Ford backs down on attacking Greenbelt protections.

It appears that there was a lot of blowback to this plan over the Christmas holidays to Conservative MPP’s. Good – it was a terrible idea:

The Ford government is scrapping a controversial plan that would have allowed municipalities to opt out of some provincial planning rules to attract new commercial development, bypassing environmental laws in the process. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced Wednesday on Twitter that the Progressive Conservatives would not proceed with a schedule in its omnibus legislation, Bill 66, after “concerns were raised by MPPs, municipalities and stakeholders.” Schedule 10 would have amended the province’s Planning Act to allow municipalities to create “open for […]

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Merry Christmas 2018!

Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have a great holiday!

 

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Doug Ford for the People? More Like For Big Business (Bill 66 discussion)

So, the Ontario government released or introduced Bill 66 today in the Legislature. It does many appalling things under the guise of “opening Ontario for business”. It may open Ontario for business but it strips the public of protections for clean water, health and safety regulations for wastewater and food inspection can be bypassed, and many other things.

Check out this Twitter feed here for more details, but here’s an example of some of the overzealousness the Ford government is displaying in getting rid of “regulations”:

Bill 66 also scraps the Wireless Services Agreements Act, which requires cellphone providers to use contracts written in plain language and caps […]

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Hamilton’s Power Couple

I’m being slightly facetious.. but a big congrats to my cousin and cousin-in-law JP Danko and Dawn Danko for being elected to Hamilton City Council and School Trustee respectively. Dawn was just named vice chair of the Hamilton District School board as well. Everyone in the family is very proud of them.

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