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Petty politics in Ontario from the OLP’s staff.

I don’t know if John Laforet is over-reacting here or not, but Dean Rivando, a provincial Liberal staffer at Queen’s Park, should have known better then to have said what he did to John – it could easily come off as a threat, and I don’t blame John for interpreting it as such. (I asked John, by the way, what his federal affiliation was, and he’s still a member in good standing with the federal Liberal Party).

One other note: I applaud John’s coverage of the Ontario NDP and Conservative leadership conventions, though others in the Facebook message thread he quotes over there (including Mr. Rivando) seem to have […]

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Don’t whisper that too loudly, Tim.

Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris apparently is a big supporter of Ontario PC leadership hopeful Tim Hudak.

I’m sure the core Conservative right-wing base in Ontario will just love that, but Ontario voters have long memories ; particularly of Harris, and not in a good manner. I’m not sure Tim’s campaign should be thinking having Harris as a prominent supporter of your guy is a plus in the rest of Ontario who aren’t wingnuts.

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John Tory loses “safe seat” byelection: Ontario Conservatives will go hard right with new leader.

That’s my prediction after this rather surprising result yesterday.. heck, let’s call it a shocking result:

Unofficial results have Liberal candidate Rick Johnson defeating Tory 43.7 per cent to 41.2 per cent, with all 258 polls reporting. Johnson’s lead had widened since early results had Tory narrowly ahead. Johnson won by slightly more than 900 votes, 15,482 to 14,576.In 2007, as a general election candidate, Johnson only took 29.4 per cent of the vote against his Progressive Conservative opponent Laurie Scott, who gave up her seat so Tory could run.

A leader who can’t win in an urban riding in the 2007 election because he was too “conservative” for those […]

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Not to be redundant.. but Ontario and BC are the key tonight.

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Harper to Ontario auto workers: Let them eat cake (or move to Alberta)

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Events in Ontario will lead to Conservatives losing seats.

What events, the readers may ask? Well, specific events such as this in Welland for example:

Plant closure costs Welland 800 jobs

Ontario’s reeling manufacturing sector took another big hit yesterday as farm equipment giant Deere & Co. revealed the closing of its major plant in Welland and the elimination of about 800 jobs.

Some more general events:

Ontario’s opposition parties claim the province has lost more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs in the last four years. Union and company critics blasted the federal government again for ignoring the plight of the sector, which is a key engine of the Canadian economy.

I also think Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s words will […]

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Conservatives snub Stratford over funding for proposed university campus

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An idea for the province to encourage plastic bottle recycling

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Baird feels attacking Ontario and now Quebec will win votes?

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A good start.

As a liberal with a social progressive bent, I get very happy when I see governments fight very important social issues that often have been overlooked – and Ontario appears about set to do that by announcing a new dental plan for the poor in our society:

McGuinty is giving his anti-poverty initiative teeth with a $45 million dental care plan for the working poor… The new dental program…will help about 500,000 low-income workers unable to afford private insurance coverage for their teeth. It will cover preventive care, including fluoride treatments and cleanings by dental hygienists, and fillings and extractions by dentists.

That’s not all there is though: the Liberal […]

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