ON PC Leader Patrick Brown ready to be Premier of Ontario!!!

Check out this video when Ontario Progressive Conservative (ONPC) Leader Patrick Brown spoke at the ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipal Association) Conference last month, in February 2017. I listened to the video this morning and was very impressed and encouraged because I realized that once a majority of Ontario voters had a chance to listen to him, really listen to him and what his PC party represents, they would vote for their PC candidate in June 2018.

In fact, I was so impressed, I set about deleting the negative posts I had previously written about him in relation to his wanting to implement a carbon tax. Why? Well, because frankly, a revenue neutral carbon tax, by itself, is not problematic when compared to the corruption and mismanagement we in Ontario are experiencing under the Kathleen Wynne Liberal Government.

Anyway, elected as Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) leader in 2015, Patrick Brown has definitely grown into a potential premier. Yes, I know, some Ontario Conservatives will complain that Brown has some progressive tendencies. But, so what? The Ontario Liberals not only have some progressive tendencies, they are a complete and total progressive government — and, as such, have made us a have-not province. I mean, we now need equalization payments for heaven’s sake.

My point is that Brown’s having some progressive social views need not be a problem if he also has some strong conservative tendencies. Which, given what he says in this video, he does — in spades. In fact, to borrow from the new President to the south, the PC policies Brown discusses in this video prove the PCs can indeed make Ontario great again.

For those who don’t have time to listen to the video, here are some examples of what Brown discusses:

  1. Brown says the PCs will make hydro affordable again. On this topic, Brown explained that when the Wynne Liberals defended the fire sale of Ontario Hydro to taxpayers, she claimed that a large portion of the money earned would be spent on infrastructure. Brown says not a dollar has been spent so far. Not only that, Ontario taxpayers have already lost over $6 billion dollars selling our hydro to the U.S.
  2. Brown confirmed that the Wynne Ontario Cap and Trade system is nothing more than a revenue tool for the Ontario Liberals, as any money earned will go into general revenue. Whereas, if the PCs implement a carbon tax, as in BC, they will give back every penny to Ontarians.  So, while I may not agree with the concept of a carbon tax, at least it is not more of our money going down a bottomless green hole.
  3. Brown explains that the PC Party really is in favour of natural gas expansion — unlike the Wynne Liberals who just keep making announcements about such an expansion but never follow through.
  4. Brown promised to get rid of the Green Energy Act and put the power of what municipalities do back in their planning jurisdictions. In other words, with a PC Government, no one would be able to force wind farms on municipalities that didn’t want them.

Anyway, if you are a Conservative living in Ontario, or an independent type voter who simply wants to get rid of the Ontario Liberals on June 7th , 2018, I would recommend putting aside 18 minutes to listen to the video. The crux of the matter is that it clearly shows that Patrick Brown is relaxed in his own skin and very positive and committed to what he says he will do if an ONPC Government is elected. And, remember, unlike Liberal governments, Conservative governments of all kinds do what they say they will do.

Stats Can proof that ONPC Leader Tim Hudak’s 1 million jobs plan CAN work!

Macleans published an article by Mike Moffat on Monday, January 13th, 2014 suggesting that ONPC Leader Tim Hudak’s one million jobs plan, while ambitious and not impossible, will need a great deal of luck to become a reality. To prove that point, Moffat uses employment data for Ontario from Statistics Canada for the period 1977 to 2013.

In my opinion, what the Stats Canada tables and data prove is just the opposite to what Moffat is suggesting, that it doesn’t take luck, it takes good government policies — policies that create a climate for investment and spending.  In actual fact, what Moffat writes proves my point, not his. For example, he writes:

“One million jobs over eight years means that the Ontario economy would need to average 125,000 jobs a year over this period (which is represented by the “target” line on our graph). Since 1976 the Ontario economy has averaged only 85,000 net new jobs a year, though there have been many years that have exceeded the 125,000 threshold (1979, 1981, 1983-1988, 1997-2000 and 2003).”

I will repeat part of the last line of Moffat’s quotation. “…there have been many years that have exceeded the 125,000 threshold.” So, what is his point? That the Ontario economy would need to average 125,000 a year when the job numbers for the years 1997-2000 and 2003 were even higher. And, who was in power then? The Ontario Progressive Conservative Governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.

Now, I may not be an economist like Moffat, but I can read tables. So, let’s verify his Statistics Canada numbers, keeping in mind that the red line is the annual 125,000 job target line he is talking about.  The easiest way to do this analysis is to hold a short ruler sideways above the year. Here is what you will get — recognizing that the numbers are approximate:

  • 1995 – 75,000 jobs were created in Ontario
  • 1996 – 65,000
  • 1997 – 100,000
  • 1998 – 150,000
  • 1999 – 185,000
  • 2000 – 185,000
  • 2001 – 105,000
  • 2002 – 125,000
  • 2003 – 185,000

So, the grand total of jobs created over 8 years from 1995 to 2003 is 1,175,000.

Which means, that without a shadow of a doubt, with the right pro-business and investment policies in place, an ONPC Tim Hudak government can indeed create one million jobs.

How will they do that?  Certainly not by depending “on luck.” According to what Hudak has said, they will lower both personal and corporate taxes. They will also loosen or reduce red tape for businesses because regulation compliance costs employee time and money.

And, anyone who doubts (as some commenters under the Moffat article do) there are rules and regulations on the Ontario Government’s books that impede entrepreneurship, has never been in business for themselves.

Anyway, the result is that when Ontarians have more money in their pockets, they buy products and services. And, when businesses have more money because they are selling more of their products or services, that increase in purchasing power results in a booming economy. And, with more demand, businesses hire more people and new businesses are created.

Of course, when more people are working, more tax revenues flow into the Ontario government’s coffers — which is exactly what happened between 1995 and 2003.

Yet, how often do we hear complaints from the Ontario Liberals and Liberal supporters that Mike Harris somehow “destroyed” Ontario. Well, the proof is in these statistics. What is also obvious in these statistics is, apart from the Liberal Peterson years from 1985 to 1989, how NDP and Liberal governments mean the death of jobs, huge deficits and “have not” status.

I mean, look at that Stats Can table again and note the two Death Valley drops in jobs during both the Bob Rae 1990-1994 NDP years and the Dalton McGuinty 2007 to 2009 years — when between 150,000 to 185,000 jobs were lost a year!

As well, note that job growth was at a peak when the Ontario Liberals took over from the PCs in mid 2003, a peak that disappeared very quickly after Ontarians were hit with the biggest tax grab ever —  the health care premium — followed by the devastating effect of the Ontario Green Energy Act and the resulting FIT Program and its job killing energy costs.

The crux of the matter is, then, that ONPC Leader Tim Hudak’s plan to create a million jobs in Ontario over eight years CAN work. Can he guarantee it will work? Of course not. But, what is the alternative? As Moffat has written about Kathleen Wynne’s job plan, it wouldn’t create a single job!!

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Endnote: I have listened to Mike Moffat (whose day job is as an economics professor at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario), several times on various TV news programs, including Sun TV, and he always seems politically balanced and fair. Kudos to him for that!!!

Hudak Townhall in NOTL proves PCs have a plan for prosperity!

Town hall in NOTL

Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre

Last night Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak held a townhall meeting in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre with local PC candidate (and former two-time MPP) Bart Maves.

This riding is formally called Niagara Falls and includes not only the City of Niagara Falls but the geographic area from Niagara-on-the-Lake straight through to Fort Erie.

Traditionally a bellwether riding, how it goes, the province usually goes. Federally, for example, it is held by Conservative MP Rob Nicholson, who is also the Minister of National Defence.

And, with local Liberal MPP Kim Craitor, a well liked man, regardless of his party affiliation, retiring not long ago, it means that come what may, there will be a by-election here very soon.

Hopefully, Maves can be re-elected because Niagara needs help. As Hudak reminded us last night, fully 40% of the local manufacturing sector has left the area over the past decade leaving thousands unemployed regionally to add to the more than one million unemployed provincially.

Doubt the problem in Niagara had anything to do with Liberal policies? Well, checkout the Town of Fort Erie. It has suffered needlessly under the Liberals.

So what exactly would the Hudak-led PCs do to stop the bleeding and return Ontario (and Niagara) to prosperity?

Well, for one thing, they would put a plan in motion to balance its books, reduce taxes so Ontarians had more money to spend, and create an investment climate that is business friendly.

As I mentioned above regarding how Fort Erie has suffered under the Liberals, here is an open letter from PC Leader Hudak to Premier Wynn about what should be done for the provincial horse racing sector — proving beyond any shadow of a doubt, an Ontario PC government would not only be about cuts, it would be about RESTORING prosperity.

The PCs would also reform the education system to make sure student excellence is rewarded and that the funding formula is fair to rural communities that are located far from their urban school boards.

The reality is the Province of Ontario is experiencing a reduction of some 250,000 fewer children, yet education costs under the Liberals have gone up $8 billion dollars from a decade ago. That kind of increase simply doesn’t make economic sense and, in the long run, is unsustainable.

In the final analysis, the crux of the matter is that Ontarians need to get ready to get rid of the spend thrift, promise-breaking provincial Liberals by replacing them with the responsible and pragmatic Hudak-led PCs.

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Update 5pm November 14th, 2013: I just heard that Heinz is going to shut down soon in Leamington putting up to 800 people out of work. Energy costs? Corporate taxes? Red Tape? What did the Liberal Government do that would cause this to happen? This company has been in that community for over a hundred years. Just think of the domino affect on the tomato farmers, the pickers, the farm equipment and seed suppliers and many other secondary industries! My thoughts go out to all those adversely affected.

ON PC Leader Hudak asks Premier Wynne to explain Liberal job creation plan

Click for Livestream Video.

Click for Livestream Video.

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak is right. During the last several months, since her election as Ontario Liberal leader, all Kathleen Wynne seems to have done is talk. In fact, I have actually heard her say that she needs to have “conversations” about this or that.

Or, in the case of the gas plant cancellation decision, she has repeatedly said, she was not part of “that” conversation.

Well, obviously, her talk is not cheap! Meaning, the time for her endless consulting and talking should be over.

In other words, Premier Wynne’s Liberal government needs to release a comprehensive plan that: (a) is a blueprint on how it plans to get Ontario’s fiscal house in order, and (b) explains in detail what it will do to create a climate for investment and private sector job creation.

Certainly raising hydro and other energy costs are deferring investment and causing existing business to leave the province in droves — and I haven’t even touched on the damage the Green Energy Act is causing, not only to the rural landscape, but to people and businesses!

Anyway, or those who want to know why not having a comprehensive jobs plan is a problem for Ontario’s unemployed or underemployed, (or for what the Hudak PCs would do differently), check out this link for the Livestream press conference this morning.

The crux of the matter is this: Ontario is currently spending $9 billion dollars more every year than it receives in revenue and there is no end to that deficit in sight! So, all Ontarians need to wake up, including NDP leader Andrea Horwath.  She needs to stop being an enabler to this nightmare.

As well,  as Joanne says at Blue Like You, Ontarians need to grow a backbone in preparation for the provincial election that will surely come within the next few months!

At least that is my hope!

Consensus media ignores fact ON Liberals rejected PC debt resolution

How many Ontarians know that Ontario PC MPP Ted Arnott tabled a resolution in the Ontario Legislature yesterday to develop a long-term debt plan? And, how many Ontarians know that the McGuinty Liberals rejected it outright? The answer is likely no one, or very few who are willing to talk about it.  Why? Because  the consensus media will not report anything that makes the McGuinty Liberals look bad and boy, does this rejection ever make them look bad!

Frankly, the only reason I know about this issue is because I am on the Ontario PC caucus e-mail list — you know, the same list that goes to the MSM.  Therefore, is it any wonder that some Ontario PC supporters assume leader Tim Hudak and the PC caucus are not doing enough or that press releases are ineffective. Well, readers can decide for themselves. Here is the news release and Hansard record I received today (and only available on Google so far), with a few brief quotes from it below:

“Despite the government’s rhetoric that this [Budget 2012] is an austerity budget, in fact, there is very little austerity in it. Spending is actually up over last year by almost $2 billion, from $124.6 billion to $126.4 billion. Last year’s deficit came in at $15.3 billion. This … budget projects a deficit of $15.2 billion.”

“Over the past year, the overall provincial debt that each Ontarian owes, will rise from $17,766 last year to $19,243 this year. It was $11,339 when the McGuinty government came to power in 2003. This government will have increased that number by almost $8000 for each and every Ontarian, in just nine years….”

“This year, they will pay more in interest on the debt than they will spend on post-secondary education, more than they’ll spend on transportation infrastructure and more than they will spend on economic development….”[My highlighting.]

So, is it any wonder the Ontario PCs won’t vote in favour of the current Liberal budget when they plan to increase spending by almost $2 billion dollars while only reducing the deficit from $15.3 in 2011 to $15.2 billion in 2012? Yet, somehow the Liberals think they can pay off the deficit by 2017. Magical thinking anyone?

Anyway, when the inevitable question comes up: “Yes, but what would Tim Hudak and his PC Party do that would be different from the McGuinty Liberals?” Well, take the time to either read my interview with Hudak or his verbatim response in the legislature to the budget. It’s all there. There is no equivocation. There is no closet progressive hiding behind his rhetoric. As he said to me, he comes out of the Mike Harris tradition and those values are how the PC Party would govern Ontario.

Endnote: Here is a post on the Ontario Debt clock by Jon Siemko at Tory Redux. It is also on my links list on the right sidebar (H/T Jen). I can’t put it up on my site, unfortunately,  because I am on the wordpress.com server and JavaScript is not allowed. As well, check out Joanne’s post about the McGuinty government “green energy” disaster, one of the main reasons behind Ontario’s fiscal problems.

Media bias: Forum poll says ONPCs ahead, Radwanski says ill-equipped

Now we know the Toronto and national media’s game. Pick the poll results that are unfavourable to any conservative party in Canada ( federal or provincial), in this case, the Ontario PCs, and splash those results across the land. Conservatives are bad. Liberals and NDP are good.  

End of story? Not quite. Canadian conservatives are fighting back as we are witnessing in Alberta. I mean, read the latest spin that the Alberta race is allegedly tightening, from CTV. Predictable to say the least. 

Anyway, back to Ontario. With the vote on the Liberal Budget 2012 due this coming Tuesday, things are heating up. Will the Liberal government fall causing another Ontario election after only seven months? Or, will it live for another day, to continue wreching havoc on Ontario taxpayers? Well, it seems that the national media has decided that it should continue ruining Ontario.

On the one hand, you have the Hamilton Spectator reporting that the latest Forum Research Poll (H/T Jon) puts the ONPCs at 41% compared to the Liberals at 33% and the NDP at 20% — a solid 8 point lead. On the other, Adam Radwanski writes in the Globe and Mail about a Nanos poll that proves the ON PCs are ill-equipped to govern.

I mean, the Globe actually expects Ontarians to believe that 73.3% of us think Premier Dalton McGuinty is doing a good job. 

Which begs the question: Where on earth did Nanos get its sample? People living in the heart of Toronto or Ottawa?  Because the reality is, there is absolutely no way any pollster could get those results outside of the main urban centres (where there are no wind turbines). I mean, in the rural areas of Ontario, PCs dominated last October, dumping many former Liberal Cabinet Ministers. 

Why were they dumped? Primarily because of the Green Energy Act and McGuinty’s obsession with wind energy projects that are approved over the rights of property owners and those who have concerns about health (e.g., how the constant whirling noise can adversely affect children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder).    

However, the real issues here are the faulty assumptions that somehow Dalton McGuinty and his caucus are better equipped to govern than Tim Hudak and the PCs and that Hudak was wrong to say he was voting against the budget. How can the PCs vote for a budget that is guaranteed to increase the current deficit from $16 billion to $30 billion and counting by 2017? And, remember, that is not the Ontario PCs projection, that was what Don Drummond said.  

So, Forum Research says the Ontario PCs are ahead. Nanos and Radwanski ignore that poll and try to convince Ontarians that Hudak and his PCs are ill-equipped to govern. Well, they would be wrong, very wrong.

Hudak already has experience governing Ontario when he was a Parliamentary Secretary during Mike Harris’ first mandate between 1995 and 1999 and Minister of Northern Affairs and Mines and Culture, Tourism and Recreation during Ernie Eves’ term from 1999 to 2003 — during the same time period I should point out that McGuinty was the Liberal opposition leader.   

The reality is, then, that it’s all about spin and, for some unexplained reason, whether in Ontario or Alberta, and no matter how bad they govern, the consensus media prefer progressives, whether they are NDP or Liberal. And, that reality is not only sad but potentially ruinous!

Toronto Sun editorial info on Hudak & ON PCs is “6 mos out of date”

Update Thursday, April 19th: Here are a few very important reasons the Ontario PC will be voting against the McGuinty Liberal Budget 2012, received via e-mail this morning:

(1) The McGuinty Budget does nothing to take us off the path toward a looming $30 billion deficit and $411 billion debt;

(2) The McGuinty Budget contains no jobs plan;

(3) The McGuinty Budget does not reduce spending, only slows its growth and calls that a “cut”; and

(4) The McGuinty Budget contains no detail for achieving a balanced budget by 2017-18.

Plus, here is the full extent of Tim Hudak’s complaints about Budget 2012 as stated in his own words in the Ontario Legislature on March 28th, 2012 (contrary to many in the media who are constantly harping that Hudak has said nothing about Budget 2012).

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Original article starts here: Doesn’t anyone at the Toronto Sun pay any attention whatsoever to what is going on in the here and now regarding PC Leader Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party?

I mean, not long ago, I wrote an e-mail to Lorrie Goldstein about one of his columns in which he quoted something Hudak had said during last fall’s Ontario election campaign.

I was annoyed because I had just interviewed Hudak and, in my interview, he explained that he had learned from his mistakes in the 2011 election and was now being clear that he comes out of the Mike Harris conservative, low tax, balanced budgets, job creation tradition.

He was also very clear that if the government fell as a result of the Liberals’ spring budget and his party was elected with a majority government, he would:

  1. Put an immediate freeze on public sector wages and growth,
  2. Shut down the Feed-In-Tariff boondoggle; and
  3. Put an immediate moratorium on full-day kindergarten and wind energy projects.

And, given the gentleman Goldstein is, he replied to me that he was glad that Hudak had come out stronger than he did when he was interviewed by the Sun Editorial Board before the October 2011 election — when Hudak was apparently iffy on the public sector wage freeze.

Well, people change. Hudak is definitely not iffy now. So, did Goldstein not share with anyone about my interview? If not, it just shows that, while Sun journalists are willing to assume Dalton McGuinty or NDP Leader Andrea Horwath can change, for some reason, Hudak cannot.

For example, here are the final few paragraphs of today’s editorial (with my comments immediately below):

“(1) As for Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, he needs to do more than keep repeating the mantra that he won’t support the Liberal budget because it doesn’t address job creation or government spending.”

Tim Hudak met with Premier McGuinty last November, asking that there be an immediate wage freeze. So, what does the McGuinty Government do? They release their budget saying they are going to “negotiate” wage concessions –which will turn out to be meaningless. We are talking a billion dollars here.  Then, just this week Hudak released a statement about how, without major changes to the budget, the current deficit will balloon to $30 billion dollars by 2017 — exactly what Don Drummond said.

And, if the interest rates go up, that will mean millions of additional dollars will have to come out of existing programs like health care and education. So, excuse me, Toronto Sun?  How on earth can the PC Party support a budget that won’t get Ontario out of the current fiscal quagmire? I mean, how is that a mantra? How is it that Hudak’s latest ideas do not address government spending and job creation? What complete and utter journalist incompetence — because Hudak and the party do deal with those issues!

“(2) In the last election, the Tory platform was virtually indistinguishable from the Liberal one in its support of all-day kindergarten and its absurd mimicking of the Liberals’ promise it would be relatively easy to balance the budget by 2017-18.”

That was then and this is now. Why is the Toronto Sun still in the middle of the 2011 election campaign? People and plans change as I said in point #1. In fact, at the very start of my recent interview with Hudak, he admitted that the fiscal situation is so bad, that it would be impossible for any political party to eliminate the current Ontario deficit before 2017.  Would the Sun Editorial Board rather he had lied to Ontarians like Dalton McGuinty has done on several occasions (like promising not to raise taxes and then doing just that)?

The other problem is that the current Liberal budget does not deal with the deficit at all. Which means, that if the Liberals pass this budget and the Sun agrees with it, they are part of the problem, because the current deficit is going to double by 2017, not be balanced by that date. Remember, that is not Hudak or me who is making that claim. That was Don Drummond’s conclusion (see link above under point # 1). So, clearly, when all the Sun does is complain about what Hudak did or said six months ago, the McGuinty government is getting a pass and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why.

“(3) What the Conservatives should be doing is developing and sharing a credible plan with voters about how they’ll balance the budget when the real election comes.”

Actually the plan the Ontario PCs gave during the last election WAS a credible plan. The problem was they said they could balance the budget by 2017 and that was not fast enough for the Toronto Sun. Well, it was the truth. And, it is a truth they continue to declare.  Where the problem comes in, is that the Liberals are the ones without a real plan.

However, speaking of a plan, did the Sun Editorial Board even look at the Ontario PC website?  I mean, since we are not in an election campaign at the moment, there is no formal platform but, and this is a big but, the PCs have made it very clear what their seven priorities are — priorities the Sun Editorial Board SHOULD have included in their editorial.

  • An immediate reduction of government spending by over 10%, outside of health and education.
  • A mandatory wage freeze for the public sector that would save $2 billion instead of failed Liberal promises of a wage freeze.
  • Competition for government contracts and private delivery of government services.
  • Ending the $2.5 billion in corporate welfare.
  • A real plan to fix our broken arbitration system – including ensuring arbitrators take into account the ability to pay.
  • A top-to-bottom program review of government spending to ensure every dollar is being spent wisely.
  • A review of all 630 government agencies, boards and commissions.

So, please, could the Toronto Sun editorial board please do up-to-date research when they write about the current Ontario situation? Could they also stop assuming an election would be bad for Ontario? It would NOT be bad for Ontario because we desperately need the PCs in charge if ever the province is going to get out of the current Liberal fiscal mess and be the “have” province it used to be.

Get real? Seriously?  Absolutely! There is no amount of tinkering the NDP or the PCs can negotiate that would make the current Liberal budget acceptable.

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Endnotes: Other related information about Tim Hudak and the Ontario PCs — here, here, here, and here.