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Congrats to new #OLP Leader Steven Del Duca

We already knew going into the Ontario Liberal Party Convention that Steven Del Duca had won a majority of delegates going into the Leadership Convention, and only needed superdelegate votes to put him over the top. It was little surprise that he got that support and won decisively on the first ballot. You can find a bit of background on the new Liberal leader here.

My personal congratulations to the new Liberal Leader. I am looking forward to seeing his plans not only to get Ontario back on track after removing Doug Ford from office.. but also what he plans to do to help make the Ontario LIberal Party more democratic and responsive to its membership. Remember his 5 Questions interview, and compare it to his actual actions on those and other topics to decide how he does.

(As an aside, I was very happy to see his tweet saying he had committed to re-introducing the Basic Income Pilot Project. That’s a good start.)


Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Delegates Selection Weekend

This is the weekend where OLP members are voting for delegates to help choose the next Ontario Liberal Party leader. This is what the leadership campaigns were doing the membership drives for – to try to get more people as members who would then theoretically turn up this weekend to then vote for the delegates that would most favour their candidacy (I still prefer that the OLP would have gone one member one vote, but I digress). Turnout this day and the GOTV movement will obviously be a big factor in what delegates get elected.

I will be watching with interest – I want to thank all the candidates who took the time and effort to answer my “Five Questions” series – all but one candidate replied to these (and it wasn’t for a lack of effort on my part to get the last candidate to do so). Perhaps we can do a follow-up interview on here with the newly elected OLP  leader once he/she is picked.


“5 Questions” Interview(s) with Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Steven Del Duca

Our next candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party Leadership to submit replies to the questions is Steven Del Duca (you’ll find his website link in one of the replies to one of the questions).

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter is next up in answering some questions about her Ontario Liberal Party leadership run. You’ll find her relevant website and contact info below the very last answer of hers.

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“5 Questions” Interview(s) With Ontario Liberal Party Candidates: Kate Graham

Kate Graham is the next of the leadership candidates for the Ontario Liberal Party to submit her answers to my “5 Questions”. You can find Kate’s website here. Her answers in their entirety are below.

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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 in this forum.

I’ve sent the same questions out to every candidate and/or their teams and will publish them in the order I receive them. I have made no endorsement for any of the candidates at this time (and may or may not eventually).

The first candidate to send a reply is Michael Coteau – his replies are posted in their entirety without editing.

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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 a serious climate change plan is not likely to win.

This article from 2017, warning the Conservatives ignore Michael Chong at their peril, seems rather prescient right now.


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.

As lots of smarter people then I have said; campaigns matter. Jagmeet Singh and Andrew Scheer are unknown quantities with regards to campaigning in a general election, and both face a lot of challenges.

Can they get SNC-Lavalin as an issue that Canadians feel angry enough to care about? Can Scheer shake off the dead-weight anchor Doug Ford has been for him in Ontario, that has dragged his poll #’s down there?

My personal observation: Recent polls have said the environment has become a top priority issue for Canadians. No doubt this is highlighted by the extreme weather events we’ve seen, plus some of the Conservative provincial government’s resistance to carbon pricing and going to the courts to try and stop it (which ironically, probably has kept the issue front and centre for Canadians)

If the environment and climate change remains a top-tier issue, the Conservatives and Scheer are in trouble.


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 up for renewal (in fairness, they’re likely afraid with some justification they won’t be around in government to be able to do this).

We also have Doug Ford attempting to pass legislation that prevents the Beer Store (and others) from suing the government for breaking contracts.. but I have my doubts the courts will view that attempt very kindly (and as far as I can see, he won’t be able to use the NotWithStanding Clause in the Constitution to override an unfavourable court decision). The Ford Government’s poll #’s have taken a beating over cutting Education, Autism and Healthcare funding, so this can at best be viewed as an attempted distraction, at worse an attempt to shore up his “base” (though like Donald Trump, he will not be able to win the next election with his base alone).

Federally, we have the governing Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau still grappling with their questionable decision making over the SNC Lavalin affair. If they were smart, they would let the chips fall where they may with that company, and if that company is found guilty of corruption, then they should let justice take its course and not be offering deferments to it. If SNC fails because of a conviction and/or can’t bid on government contracts for 10 years – so be it. They shouldn’t have been conducting illegal activities to begin with – and the Liberals should not be letting the job loss threats or moving threat cause them to reward illegal behaviour. They wouldn’t do it with individuals found guilty like this – just because its a massive corporation doesn’t mean it should be shielded from the law.

On the Conservative opposition side, we have Andrew Scheer claiming he’s going to be showing people the door if they’re bigots or racist, but as pointed out here, his words mean little if his actions don’t match it.

He has also still failed to put forth a climate change plan that would be a replacement to carbon pricing, and we now have signals from some in his caucus that perhaps the abortion debate should be re-opened.

Trudeau and the Liberals have certainly not been perfect, but people are going to take a long hard look at Andrew Scheer and his party before they put them in power. Doug Ford is possibly making some of those folks – particularly in Ontario – rethink choosing them. Jagmeet Singh and the NDP hasn’t resonated yet with voters, which is why the Green Party seem to be making some progress in recent polling.

It should be an interesting next few months!

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