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Some Liberal bits and bites – provincial and federal

– Re-elected Premier Kathleen Wynne will be swearing in her new provincial Cabinet today. One of the chief shuffles I’m pleased to see is Dr. Eric Hoskins moving into the Health Ministry portfolio. I’ve been a long time supporter of his from his running as a federal LPC candidate in Haldimand Norfolk and before that heading up War Child Canada (now headed by his wife, Dr.Samantha Nutt). I’m also pleased to see Mitzie Hunter, who brought forth the private-members bill last session to allow ranked ballots to be used in Toronto’s civic elections, has been given a promotion to associate finance minister responsible for the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. […]

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Eric Hoskins – next to respond to my 5 questions for the OLP leadership candidates

I received these answers from Eric and his campaign staff this afternoon to the questions I submittted to him and the other candidates (you can see Kathleen Wynne’s and Sandra Pupatello’s for comparing answers). As with the others, I’ve reposted these answers verbatim as I received them, and will be withholding comment on these and the others till all answers are received (or when I decide I’m not getting any from the other candidates)

I thank Eric and his campaign for taking the time to answer these questions

——- (1) There are many candidates running to be the Ontario Liberal Party leader. What do you feel makes you best qualified […]

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Scorecard Update on Ontario Liberal Party candidates answering questions.

So I’ve had four people from four different campaigns ask me to send out the little questionnaire I’ve prepared to their candidate who is running in the Ontario Liberal Party race: that would be Sandra Pupatello’s campaign, Gerard Kennedy’s, Charles Sousa, and Kathleen Wynne. I’ve not yet heard back from Eric Hoskin’s campaign, or Glen Murray’s (some of that due to the fact I’m not yet aware who is running the latter two’s social media/P.R campaign, else I’d have fired off an email myself).

They’re all at various stages of planning and such, so I was told in some cases it may be a week or 2 or perhaps a […]

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Congrats to Dr Eric Hoskins for winning St. Paul’s riding.

A very impressive win for Dr. Eric Hoskins in the provincial riding by-election of St. Paul’s, despite the efforts of the PC’s and NDP to claim there was a race here:

Despite efforts by the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats to stoke public anger over what they called a “tax grab” from the 13 per cent HST that takes effect next July, voters sent Dr. Eric Hoskins, 48, to represent them in the Legislature. Hoskins, who works as a family physician treating immigrants and has cared for children in combat zones around the world as a co-founder of the charity War Child Canada. He easily defeated Conservative challenger Sue-Ann Levy, […]

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The anger in tobacco country is palpable towards the Conservatives

I’ve been seeing that anger in a lot of the local newspapers around here in the past month or 2, but it’s drawn enough attention to make it into today’s Toronto Star in an article entitled “Despair and anger in tobacco country”. This isn’t just about the tobacco farmers either being angry at the Cons. and Diane Finley – many in Caledonia, the site of the native protests – blame her and the Cons. for failing to resolve the issue:

For tobacco growers in southwestern Ontario, hope has turned to despair. Banks are foreclosing, marriages are dissolving and some growers have even taken their lives..What the tobacco farmers and the […]

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Keep it up, Diane. You’re doing the work for us.

Rural areas in the SW part of Ontario tend to traditionally vote Conservative. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk is one of those mostly rural areas that tends to follow that pattern, though it was held for a while by Liberal Bob Speller.

Turning your back on this part of the county’s voters is however a no-no, traditional Conservative area or not. The local issue of tobacco farming buyouts – or the lack therof and the disinterest local MP and Immigration Minister Diane FInley and the Cons. are showing over this – will play a much larger role in this riding then any national issue. At the rate she’s going at offending […]

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