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Ontario Provincial Election Primer 2018. Undecided? Read This!


On June 7th, 2018, Ontarians will get an opportunity to vote in an election which will shape the way our province runs for the next 4-years.

The decision we make, has to be made based on what is best for the collective whole, what is best for us, and what is best for the next generation of Ontario Taxpayers, and not based on what people will say about us, our Province, our Premier or our Prime Minister.

The task is a tough one, but let’s try to shed some light on the platforms and what to expect for the next 4-years, and see if that helps you decide who gets your vote.

In 2014, the Ontario Liberal Government made these promises;

Personal taxes

Liberal 2014 pledge was to “Raise taxes on top 2% of Ontario earners”

In order to see how they did, I pulled the Ontario tax rates from the Canadian Tax Returns from 2010-2018.

Ontario tax rates

2018: 5.05% on income of $42,960 or less, 9.15% on $42,963-$64,077, 11.16% on $64,077-$70,000,  12.16% on $70,000-$220,000 and 13.16% on income over $220,000.

2017: $42,201 or less @5.05%, $42,201-$84,404 @ 9.15%, $84,404-$150,000 @ 11.16%, $150,000-$220,000 @ 12.16%, over $220,000 @ 13.16%

2016: $41,536 or less @ 5.05%, $41,536-$83,075 @ 9.15%, $83,075-$150,000 @ 11.16%, $150,000-$220,000 @ 12.16%, Over $220,000 @ 13.16%.

2015: Less than $40,922 @ 5.05%, $40,922-$81,847 @ 9.15%, $81,847-$150,000 @ 11.16%, $150,000-$220,000 @ 12.16%, and income more than $220,000 @ 13.16%

2014: $40,120 or less @ 5.05%, $40,120-$80,342 @ 9.15%, $80,242-$150,000 @ 11.16%, $150,000-$240,000 @ 12.16%, More than $220,000 @ 13.16%

2013: $39,723 or less @5.05%, $39,723-$79,448 @ 9.15%, $79,448-$509,000 @11.16%, over $509,000 @13.16%

2012: $39,020 or less @ 5.05%, $39,020 – $78,043 @ 9.15%, $78,043-$500,000 @ 11.16%, More than $500,000 @ 12.16%.

2011: $37,774 or less @ 5.05%, $37,774-$75,550 @ 9.15%, More than $75,550 @ 11.16%.

2010: $37,106 or less @ 5.05%, $37,106-$74,214 @ 9.15%, More than $74,214 @ 11.16%

 

As you can see, the tax brackets move year over year, and there have been additional tax brackets added. Here is how much Ontarians earned, according to Statistics Canada census.

According to Statistics Canada

Individuals by total income level, by province and territory (Ontario)
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
number of persons
Total, all income groups 9,741,870 9,743,420 9,867,280 10,083,520 10,157,280
Under $5,000 872,840 799,690 805,190 855,500 764,990
$5,000 and over 8,869,030 8,943,730 9,062,090 9,228,020 9,392,290
$10,000 and over 8,155,630 8,245,590 8,375,390 8,562,450 8,748,520
$15,000 and over 7,219,670 7,322,660 7,457,070 7,655,920 7,878,190
$20,000 and over 6,301,960 6,416,620 6,545,820 6,745,310 6,974,390
$25,000 and over 5,530,610 5,645,750 5,772,340 5,959,770 6,184,900
$35,000 and over 4,334,550 4,460,560 4,582,210 4,749,620 4,948,440
$50,000 and over 2,852,030 2,972,470 3,087,320 3,230,610 3,394,390
$75,000 and over 1,404,030 1,487,700 1,574,090 1,668,890 1,771,250
$100,000 and over 658,520 707,620 766,990 819,960 886,190
$150,000 and over 231,310 246,520 265,550 278,330 305,590
$200,000 and over 122,190 128,140 136,290 141,740 157,450
$250,000 and over 78,370 81,210 86,300 88,600 98,750
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Median total income 30,290 31,310 31,820 32,380 33,840

According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, there were 10,157,280 Ontario Taxpayers.

For the Liberals to increase taxes on the top 2% of them would, mean increasing taxes for approximately, 203,145.6 Ontarians, which would be every Ontarian earning over $200,000 per year.

It looks like that has happened, and I’m sure many would support that, but have a closer look at the numbers, and you will see that in 2013, the top tax rate of 13.16% applied only to Ontarians earning over $500,000, but that was dropped in 2014 to apply to Ontarians who earned over $220,000.

In 2013, if you earned $200,000, your tax rate was 9.16%. In 2014, it was 12.16%, and in 2015, it was 13.16%

That is a 4% increase on the highest income earners!

Wait until later in this post to see what the Liberals did to the “middle class” and how much their taxes increased!

 

Corporate taxes

In 2014, the Liberals promised to;

  • Maintain corporate tax rate at 11.5% for now
  • Increase tax rate on aviation fuel
  • Remove small business tax deduction currently used by large businesses

Fact: Ontario Corporate Tax Rates have a low and a high, and in 2018, the rate was 3.5%-11.5%.

The low end is one of the highest in Canada, while the high end is one of the lowest in Canada.

Under the Liberal government who states that Corporations must pay their fair share, the Ontario General corporate income tax rate was:

14% before July 1, 2010

12% June 30, 2010

11.5% after June 30, 2011.

 

In the most recent budget, the Ontario Liberal government matched the Federal Liberal government and got rid of the Small Business Deduction – which reduced the corporate income tax rate on the first $500,000 of active business income of Canadian‑controlled private corporations (CCPC) earned to 4.5%.

As of January 1, 2018, the lower rate of Ontario corporate income tax decreased from 4.5% to 3.5% and CCPC’s with taxable capital is between $10 million and $15 million are no longer eligible for the preferential corporate income tax rate of 4.5% on the first $500,000 of active business income.

 

Jobs

In 2014, the Ontario Liberals pledged to;

  • Increase minimum wage to $11/hour
  • Spend $2.5 billion over 10-years on a Jobs and Prosperity Fund to attract and keep businesses in the province
  • Spend $38-million in the Youth Employment Fund in 2014-15 until September 2015
  • Simplify and restructure Foreign Credential Recognition Program
  • Spend $25-million in the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund over 3 years to promote aboriginal business
  • Create a regulated crowdfunding system
  • Spend $75-million on a “wine strategy” to encourage exports of Ontario VQA winesAside from really jacking up the minimum wage which resulted in the largest loss of part-time jobs in the history of this province, the government spent a lot of our taxpayer dollars in areas which are difficult to measure the cost to job ratio.

Deficit

In 2014, the Liberals pledged to;

  • Balance the budget by 2017-18

Not even close! Between 2007-08 and 2018-19, Ontario’s debt grew from $157 billion to $325 billion.

One only has to look at this chart from the National Post to see the damage that Liberal Spending has done to the deficit, which we all have to pay back, eventually.

In 1985, the Liberals under David Peterson arrived, marking the defeat of Ontario’s four-decade conservative dynasty.

In 1990, Bob Rae became premier with the NDP forming Ontario’s government for the first time in history and their tenure coincided with the worst recession since the end of WWII, resulting in plunging revenues and growing expenditures in an effort to maintain services and stimulate the economy.

The resulting deficits were as high as $12.4 billion and saw the accumulation of $63.4 billion in net public debt.

By 1995, Ontario’s net public debt had reached $101.9 billion.

The NDP government was replaced in 1995 by Mike Harris’s Conservative government, which began expenditure reduction (cut costs) and restructuring to balance the budget as well as tax reductions to stimulate the economy.

Lower taxes, lower interest rates and a booming U.S. economy together helped Ontario’s economy rebound and government revenues grew, helping close the budgetary gap.

Ontario balanced its budget by 1999 but its net debt still grew to $138.8-billion under Ernie Eves in 2003 from $101.9-billion in 1995.

The defeat of Eves ushered in the Liberals under Dalton McGuinty in 2003 and then Kathleen Wynne in 2013.

This period witnessed the largest debt accumulation in Ontario’s history.

Between 2003 and 2014, Ontario’s net public debt grew to $287.3 billion from $138.8 billion – an increase of $148.5-billion.

The Liberals reduced it once, by $1.1 billion dollars after selling of part of Hydro 1, but that surely cannot be the only way to pay down the debt, can it?  Once all the assets are gone, what would they use?

Ontario has been a province since 1867 but 87% of its net public debt was accumulated in the years since 1990.

*** Interest on this debt is $11 billion a year! ***

 

Health care

In 2014, the Liberals pledged;

  • Increase hourly wage for personal support workers by $1.50 in 2014 and 2015 and $1 in 2016
  • $20-million to improve access to primary care physicians
  • Expand home, community and supported home care for 46,000 more seniors
  • Access to dental services for 70,000 more children in low-income families
  • Create low-income health benefit to provide vision care, drug coverage and mental health services to low-income families
  • Eliminate service waitlists for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities
  • $5-million to Children’s treatment centres
  • Expand and improve hospitals over a 10-year plan
  • Cap or cut hospital parking fees for frequent hospital visits
  • Establish Patient Ombudsman

 

Unfortunately, this Liberal government will be known for failing hospitals, failing patients, and failing to take full care of the lowest income earners.

Instead of free medication for the poorest Ontarians, the Liberals provided free medication for children.

Nursing homes are still over crowded. Hospitals are still over crowded. Doctor’s are leaving the province due to the Liberals poor negotiation / tax increase on them.

Pensions/Seniors

  • The Provincial Pension Plan to provide further retirement savings to the Canada Pension Plan

But thanks to the Federal Liberal government, this did not happen and while the concept was a good idea, the burden of cost for administering this program would fall to the employers, who have already been hit with increased taxes, and in 2014, had no idea what was to come with the sharp rise in the minimum wage.

 

Education

  • Implement full-day kindergarten for 4 and 5 year-olds by September 2014
  • Expand student nutrition program to 340 more schools
  • Integrate 60 minutes of physical activity into the school day
  • 3-year $150-million spent on technology and learning fund for tools such as tablets and cameras and professional development for teachers
  • $10-million to create Experience Ontario – Done – Experience Ontario is a pilot program for a limited number of recent high school graduates who have an interest in attending postsecondary education or apprenticeship training, but are uncertain of their next steps.
  • Keep 30% off tuition grant for post-secondary students – Hidden tax increase because if tuition drops by 30% and teachers / teaching assistants, etc., keep getting pay raises, then who gets to make up the difference… Ontario Taxpayers!
  • Build new post-secondary campuses and create spaces for 15,000 more students – this was announced – to be built in Markham – a joint venture between Seneca College and York University. Ironically, after the York University FINALLY opened, a mere 10-years later than it should have, the government plans to build this campus where there is no underground service… Can you say commuter University part 2.

 

Transportation/Transit

In 2014, the Ontario Liberals pledged to;

  • Invest $15-billion in transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including the electrification of GO Express Rail and downtown relief line
  • All-day regional express rail GO service in Waterloo Region
  • Invest $14-billion in transit projects outside GTHA, including $1-billion in Ring of Fire transportation infrastructure
  • Two-way, all-day GO Train service in more communities
  • $2.5-billion for highways including expanding Hwy. 427 and expanding Hwy. 7 to four lanes between Kitchener and Guelph

They didn’t agree to speed up the building of current Toronto projects like the Eglinton LRT, or the proposed Finch LRT, which has been dragging along for 6-years costing commuters and business owners significant amounts of money each and every day. Ultimately, they can propose what they want, but they have to get the job done, and that has not happened, anywhere.  Traffic is getting worse by the day.

 

Consumers

  • Lower auto insurance rates by an average of 15% by August 2015
  • Create Consumer Bill of Rights

This pledge was a giant joke, as Ontarians pay some of the highest insurance rates in the world, while Ontario insurance companies make some of the highest profits in the world.  Additionally, what good is a Bill of Rights without any teeth? 

Family care

  • Pay for one cycle of in vitro fertilization – check. Good one!
  • Increase Ontario Child Benefit to $1,310 & index it to inflation afterward – done. Currently at $1378 per child per year.
  • Call on federal parties to include a national child care program in 2015 election platforms… Err, okay, this has not happened. Maybe they should focus on, I don’t know, Ontario!
  • Increase Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates for people with disabilities by 1% in 2014-15

Where was removing the Child Fitness Tax Credit??? Wasn’t mentioned but was removed – essentially a tax increase! Families put kids in programs for health and due to the tax incentive.  The removal of this credit is significant, sadly.

WSIB is killing Ontario businesses due to the costs to administer and it punishes the workers. This needed a major overhaul, but wasn’t touched.

 

Environment/Energy

  • Eliminate debt retirement charge on residential electricity bills
  • Develop program to reduce electricity bills for low-income families
  • Keep Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program to help businesses reduce energy costs
  • Expand outer boundary of Greenbelt over next six years
  • Promote urban forestry
  • Address algae problems in Great Lakes
  • $30-million over next 10 years to maintain Walkerton Clean Water Centre
  • $30-million over next three years to promote local food
  • $25-million over three years for cycling strategy CycleOn
  • Expand provincial trail network

I’m not even going to touch this disaster portfolio by the Liberals. They spent, spent and then spent more, and they taxed, raised, and increased anything and everything to pay for their out-of-control spending. Gas taxes went up, user fees increased, hydro coasts soared, Liberals went to jail, Liberals went on trial, and everybody had to pay.

 

Political reforms

  • Maintain MPPs’ salary freeze – still $116,500 as it was in 2008. Not even increased in line with inflation. That must suck.
  • Cap public sector and broader public sector executives’ salaries – check
  • Reduce number of government agencies by 30% in 2015

There are currently 28 Ontario Agencies;

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
Government & Consumer Services
Environment & Climate Change
Citizenship & Immigration
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Attorney General
Natural Resources & Forestry
Children and Youth Services
Municipal Affairs
Health and Long-Term Care
Treasury Board Secretariat
Tourism, Culture and Sport
Labour
Natural Resources & Forestry
Community Safety and Correctional Services
Education
Finance
Advanced Education and Skills Development
Transportation
Northern Development and Mines
Research, Innovation and Science
Energy
Infrastructure
International Trade
Housing
Children and Youth Services
Francophone Affairs
Community and Social Services

In 2010, I counted 26 of them. I’m sure there must be more, but merging them together doesn’t mean efficiencies were created, it just means fewer web-pages to have to update.

  • Introduce financial accountability officer – done
  • Give municipalities option of ranked ballots as an alternative to first-past-the-post in elections

After a review of the facts, this government has essentially lived up to their spending promises, however, there are 2 areas where I believe they failed miserably;

  1. Spending, and
  2. Taxation.

Increased spending where there is a balanced budget means the government takes in X amount of dollars in tax from Ontarians, and spends X amount of dollars.Unfortunately for all Ontarians, the government took in X amount of dollars from Ontarians, yet spent hundreds of billions of dollars more than they took in.

The effect of this spending means that Ontario has to borrow the money and has to pay interest on this borrowed money.

The amount Ontario has borrowed, or the deficit, currently stands at $325 billion dollars!

Imagine earning $100,000 per year, and borrowing $30 million dollars from the bank?  Then having to borrow more and more each year just to make the minimum payments on the interest to stay out of bankruptcy?  That debt will never be paid off unless you earn significantly more amounts of money, reduce all of your expenses, and if the lender agrees to reduce the interest.

If, however, the bank calls the loan, then you are bankrupt.

The same holds true for provinces.

The long-term effect of this irresponsible spending is that going forward for every X dollars the province brings in as tax dollars, there is an amount, let’s call it Y, which the government MUST pay in interest to the bank on the money they had to borrow. That means in order to balance a budget, they have to get even more money from Ontarians, which means even higher taxes, or they have to cut spending.

But if they cut spending, then they have to cut services, which is what they claim the Conservatives always do, so they don’t cut expenses or raise taxes, they do it in a much sneakier way so that you never know they are doing it.

One way this government has reduced spending and increased taxes, for example, is by getting rid of tax credits or deductions, such as the Child Tax Credit, or the Transit Credit. By not allowing these credits, the government no longer has accept less taxes from Ontarians and they win again because either these Ontarians will get back less taxes (because no deduction).

It’s brilliant.

It’s devious.

It’s immoral.

It’s like reducing the size of a jar but charging the same price. Consumers think they’re getting the same amount for their dollars, but in fact they are getting less and paying the same.

If the government told you back in 2014 that they would spend the province into bankruptcy and increase taxes by 3-4% on every Ontarian earning over $40,000/year while cutting credits and deductions, would you have voted for them?

Funny how that was never discussed…

 

Note: By moving the middle tax bracket, your $70,000 of income in 2014 put you in the 9.15% tax bracket, but in 2018, it puts you in the 12.16% tax bracket. That move increases taxes on the “middle class” without increasing the tax rate.  This was done while both the Liberal governments here in Ontario and Federally have been campaigning against the “rich and wealthy.”

These adjustments, along with the adding of levies, and user fees, and all those other words which mean tax, is just another way to prove that this government is underhanded and untrustworthy.

So instead of posting each parties platform and going through the pros and cons of each government, I decided to save everyone time and pull out what I feel really matters.

Liberals: More spending. Budget not balanced until 2024-2025.  Wave hands, and magically increase taxes on everyone over $50,000.

NDP: Even more spending.  Remove the power for governments to call an end to strikes. Debt and deficit to continue to grow.  Money to come from increasing taxes on the”rich” which we now know to be everyone over $40,000 per year.

Conservative: One or 2 years of deficit, then balanced budget and begin paying down the debt.  Plan to get more money into the governments pockets is not through increasing the tax rate, but by lowering taxes, gas, hydro, and letting Ontarians spend more money because 8% of that HST (consumption tax) belongs to Ontario.

Green: Increase spending for 2-3 years, no balanced budget for 3-4 years, and increased revenue to come from taxing the “rich” taxpayers and corporations.

 

Personally, if you ask, I’d rather tighten my belt buckle now and pay that bit extra in order to see the deficit reduced so that my children are not paying for this in the next 5-10 years.  Unfortunately, because the Liberals typically spend without consideration for where the money to pay for it will come from, it puts the next governing party in a bad light because they have to reduce waste, and cut where the Liberals didn’t want to.  It’s a great strategy to keep getting elected, but as a Taxpayer its annoying and unfair.

Good luck and get out there and vote!  It’s your democratic right!

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Readers Chime in! Ontario Provincial Election Primer.


I received a lengthy, detailed email from a reader regarding the upcoming Ontario Provincial Election.  I’m going to post the entire essay / letter / email, but it is long, and if you are undecided as to who would make the best Premier in Ontario, you will know for sure at the end.

(I left the article, however, tweaked a couple of points which were in error and took about a few run-on points to knock it back from 15-pages)

Enjoy!

What kind of a leader do you want?

Since we never know what Kathleen Wynne’s government will do next, we should seriously think how we can find a leader that will deliver what he or she promises without changing his/her mind as often as his/her underwear.

With the Ontario budget on March 28, we will face a $8 billion deficit instead of a balanced budget for the next 5 years we were promised.

So what would we really look for in a leader?

Why is finding a great leader so difficult?

Most people qualified to be great leaders wouldn’t waste time on a job that should pay five times as much and most of them wouldn’t like to subject themselves to the abuses they can expect from today’s daily communist or NDP newspapers controlled by the Liberal or NDP unions.

Nor would they like the abuses by fake anti-poverty union fronts or the TTC riders (Warren: Hey!  I take the TTC).

Would you like a job where a nasty critic is hiding under every rock ready to pounce every time you use the wrong handkerchief to blow your nose?

That’s how we fall for a fast talker who offers all of our money and that of your grandchildren and great grandchildren.  It’s a good bet that we end up with another professional liar with a heart made of horse manure, and with that you can count on someone with more needy, fake relatives on her payroll – once elected  – than a Federal or Ontario Liberal.

No wonder we end up with so many brain-dead cabinet members or Toronto city councillors going on vacation on our dime whenever they feel like it, who give money away by the barrels to all their friends and hangers-on at their future travel destinations.

Don’t we deserve a Prime Minister (PM) who stays in Canada at least 1 or 2 days every month to run the country (and to make the vacation plans for his ministers and design their costumes for all the different countries they plan to vacation in?)

We’d like to think we could find some intelligent, well-educated leaders, but don’t confuse intelligence with education.

Here is what Bill Bonner’s book ‘Hormegeddon’ says about people who call themselves educated: “Educated people my ass.”

Some interesting tidbits from Bill Bonner’s book ‘Hormegeddon’ page 30:
The late Austrian Economist Friedrich Hayek (1899 – 1992) made the point on numerous occasions that the more a person has been educated, the greater the likelihood he is an idiot, and while that insight may not be true of those who spent their school years in engineering and science; it is certainly true for those who studied economics (and city planning???).

The more they have learned, the dumber they get (taking their advice from the dead). The higher up the economic slope he or she goes, the more the common sense drains out of him/her.

The trouble with the Economist, the Financial Times, the US congress and most mainstream economists is not that they don’t know what’s going on, but that they don’t want to know.

It would be counterproductive.

Nobody gets elected by promising to do nothing. Nobody gets a Nobel Prize for letting the chips fall where they may. Nobody attracts readers or speaking fees by telling the world there is nothing that can be done.

But don’t worry, we are not the first nation to have that problem. If you read biographies going right back to the famous Benjamin Franklin or Alexander Hamilton, you will find that the now generation does not have a monopoly on stupidity, intrigue, or on politicians with fake birth certificates.

Lack of Common Sense or just can’t make up your mind for over 100 years… Do we have any politicians with common sense?

In 1910 Toronto City Council could have built a subway on Queen Street for only $3 million. Ever since then they knew that the subway is absolutely the best way for fast transportation.

Toronto got rid of the streetcars on Kingston Road and St. Clair Avenue in 1936
and in 1968 they passed another resolution to get on streetcars. That resolution
didn’t go anywhere until David Miller decided to consult the dead and wanted to
bring them back.  Yes, he misled us by calling them ‘Rapid Transit’, but were 25 City
Councillors really 100 years behind the times by wanting to bring them back?

In 100 years of dilly-dallying around, the city of Toronto has made very small progress. The TTC’s own studies done a few years ago said streetcars create gridlock. It seems like the mayor is not able to reason with his NDP and communist councillors to make them vote for our best interests instead of theirs.

Then there is the suppressed Bob Leek fire department report that says the LRT right of way could prevent fire trucks to get to the scene of a large fire in good time or not at all. David Miller’s broom swept that one under the rug. LRTs continue killing businesses and the former Chairman of Metrolinx said “who cares about a few businesses, there will always be new ones springing up.” Toronto is spending a fortune on building an underground streetcar on Eglinton Avenue where they could have built a real subway for less. (you have to dig a larger tunnel for LRTs due to the overhead wires required.

Also, businesses on Eglinton Avenue are disappearing like those on St. Clair did.  Residents in both areas have to pay very high property taxes while losing anywhere local to walk to, horrid road conditions, many road closures and traffic rolling through their area, while the unions take their sweet time completing a 2-year project in 6-years.

Our city fathers have voted nine times whether to build a Scarborough Subway
from Kennedy Station to the Scarborough Town Centre. Our leadership has never
made it a requirement that any of them must visit and ride the disaster on St. Clair Avenue, because if they knew, it would not have taken 9 votes and still no decision.

How do city councillors make their decisions?

You would think that it is their duty to vote in the best interest of the public, don’t you? Some city councillors who were in favor of subways, voted for LRTs against the Mayor because they were overlooked for a job. They continuously make decision on what they stubbornly think is the right solution without taking the time to learn the facts. To get some insight into how city councillors think and one Mayor gets them all to do nothing, here is what Christie Blatchford wrote in the Globe and Mail in 2010 about how our city operates:

Christie Blatchford about what’s wrong with Miller’s regime!
Published on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 12:00AM

The brouhaha over ice time at Toronto City Hall is a metaphor for all that is wrong with big government – probably all of them, but certainly Mayor David Miller’s Toronto.

The mantras of Mr. Miller’s government go roughly like this: Let us fix what is not broken and ruin what is working well; let us contrive to create a crisis where none exists; let us engage in a bogus “consultation” process when the fix is in; let us decry a lack of transparency in the enemy while working behind the scenes ourselves and, above all, let us give nary a thought to the poor, beleaguered taxpayer.

Kathleen Wynne’s Anti-Business Attitude

The public along with most politicians still think businesses are the bad guys and must be punished right out of business – that all businesses are loaded with cash. Few people realize that many business people scrimped and saved many years to raise enough money to start a business and then fail miserably, because they lack the experience.

Over 90% of new businesses fail! It often takes 2 – 3 years for a business to turn a profit, and it’s getting harder and harder to do that, because governments take more and more of their cash with new taxes and regulations which make no sense whatsoever.

Small business owners are besieged with redundant government forms, tax returns for umpteen different taxes and then payroll taxes.  While businesses look like a goldmine on some weekends, we forget that the business has to pay employees all week when the stores are empty and has to pay to heat or cool the place seven days a week even on Holidays or vacations, not just when they are busy!  Those taxes have all increased.

Profits are not a dirty word – Profits are essential for the success of all – because with profit comes consumption, hiring of employees and the economy moves.

Governments should treat businesses much better if they want them to continue to provide new jobs instead of begrudging them the profits they make. Businesses are the only ones that create jobs that pay taxes. Government jobs are paid from those taxes.

It has been said that Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne have created more new jobs in China, India, Bangladesh, and Korea than anyone else in Ontario. Money goes where it is treated best, and the public should learn to accept that instead of calling these  companies thieves.

Many towns south of the border roll out the welcome mat for our businesses with huge incentives and now Donald Trump with great tax breaks for businesses creating prosperity and well-paying jobs instead of welfare. Here we get taxed to death and bombarded with useless regulations.  No prosperous country can afford a government which is hostile to business.

The $50 Lesson
Recently, while working in my front yard, my neighbours stopped to chat as they returned from walking their dog and during our conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She said she wanted to be Prime Minister.

I asked her what would be the first thing she would do as PM?

She said, “I would give food and houses to all the homeless people.”

Her parents – Liberal Party members – beamed with pride!

“Wow! What a worthy goal”, I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re the PM to do that.  You can come over to my house, mow the lawn, pull the weeds and trim the hedges.  I will give you $50 for that.  You can take your $50, and go to the grocery store where some homeless people hang out, and you can give them the $50 so they can use that towards buying food or rent.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him
the $50?”

I said, “Welcome to the Conservative Party.”

Her parents no longer speak to me.

We should think of businesses as the most precious assets to the community.  Who else provides jobs and convenient services like food and drinks within easy reach of their homes. Many of the proprietors of these businesses work long hours for small profits that, if divided into the number of hours these business owners put in, would amount to much less than minimum wage. Without these business owners taking all these risks, we would have no coffee shops, no pubs, and you might have to drive a long way to get your groceries.

Our politicians should help businesses instead of punishing them with higher taxes, more and more regulations and by erecting barriers like streetcars in front of them, which take forever to build and prevent cars from parking to visit the businesses.

As long as Politicians are in bed with the unions our taxes will climb and businesses will die.  Kathleen Wynne has been paying millions to Labor unions (to ensure that they
show up to receive new contracts with huge raises and bonuses). Remember after the public school strike the Wynne government paid $1-million dollars to the union for “pizza and lodging”.  Turns out that was a payoff for “negotiating”.  How that didn’t get the Liberals turfed out right away says a lot about how apathetic Ontarians have become.

Apathetic, or pathetic…

It’s no secret now that a large number of city councillors, and Liberal and NDP MPPs are beholden to the large labor unions which spend millions of dollars and manpower to help get them elected and to influence the voters with expensive newspaper and TV ads so that politicians will approve their high wages and perks galore.  as a result, these unions dictate to the politicians what they must do. No sane city councillor would vote for business-killing streetcars promoted as ‘rapid transportation’ LRTs, if it weren’t for the influence of the unions. Especially when most of them admit that subways are much better.

Unions should not be allowed to spend money to promote politicians or their parties.

What else did McGuinty’s, and now Wynne’s government do that is anti-business and why we should get rid of the Liberals?

Some of our Liberal MPPs sent out beautifully and professionally designed pieces
of election puff material before the last election, disguised as community
newsletters on expensive, glossy paper in full colour.  These pamphlets pretty well
admit that their government didn’t deliver what it promised, and guess who paid for this propaganda?  We did.  The taxpayers in Ontario.

The materials which came that was not taxpayer funded, came from various unions under names like ‘working families’ etc. most of them from the same address and they
can spend millions without spending limits like politicians.

Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne claim to support jobs – but they do exactly
the opposite – they are anti-business., anti-car, and spend on their friends, then increase taxes to cover the costs.

The Liberals hamstring business with hundreds of useless regulations designed by
brain-impaired bureaucrats which cost businesses millions of dollars, claim the regulations will benefit business when result is higher taxes, or cap and trade or some other tax-in-disguise gimmick.

The Ontario business climate is now so hostile that hundreds of companies have folded or left for greener pastures south of the border or have their goods manufactured in Bangladesh at a third of the cost.

What’s wrong with Metrolinx?
Metrolinx is a provincial agency created by the Liberal government to improve transportation in Ontario and they are doing exactly the opposite.

With their ‘Big Move’ they are making traffic worse and have no plans to improve our network of roads. With construction 4-years in (2-3 to go) on the Eglinton LRT, traffic has been a nightmare the past five years – worse than St. Clair Avenue ever was.

Our Mayor’s band aid solutions to reduce gridlock is no match for Metrolinx’ amateur trains and Metrolinx became just another link in the other collection of Liberal boondoggle freak shows along with:

  • E-health
  • Ornge
  • MARS
  • The failed Green Energy scams
  • The 300,000 lost manufacturing jobs during the McGuinty/Wynne reign
  • The $1 billion power plant shuffle.

Metrolinx has ignored all the TTC’s own studies that say LRTs will create too much gridlock in all directions.  The LRTs and the Bus right of way on Hwy 7 in Markham also violate the “Ontario Access for people with disabilities Act” because they deny people on the opposite side of the road access to your business when they can’t make left turns to reach your business. The Act requires businesses to make it easier to reach them despite the Liberal government doing the opposite.

Just another example of how the Liberals ignore rules when is best suits them…

Metrolinx has clearly learned absolutely nothing from the St. Clair Avenue fiasco. They
are not listening, and according to the response the Scarborough Church received, they are downright hostile!   Metrolinx still wants to re-visit the same disaster model on much
larger areas of the City, like Finch Avenue! Wake up people of Toronto and people in Ontario!

We were hoping that premier Kathleen Wynne may be a trifle smarter than Dalton McGuinty or Bob Chiarelli? (you must be kidding) but we were wrong. She continues the same BS on a larger scale.

Transportation plans should be left to transportation experts and not to politicians or former Liberal hacks parked on Wynne’s Metrolinx Sunshine list or brain-dead morons with closed minds.

If we ever want to rid Toronto of gridlock, the Province must work with the cities and with transportation experts to tackle the problem. David Miller’s hastily put together Transit City plan was a disaster as he ignored the demands of the businesses on St. Clair Ave, and Metrolinx is no help by adopting a new version which failed to show any vision for a progressive city or provide an acceptable solution for transportation which includes cars.

Doesn’t anyone wonder how the New York subway system was built in just 2 years, in a time before trucks and bulldozers were available, while Toronto takes 7 years to build a 7km subway to Vaughan with all the modern tools?

A smart government would have put their trust in some expert planners and engineers with a great, all around, balanced transportation plan for Toronto instead of a plan put together over a couple of weeks on the back of a napkin by NDP politicians or so-called planning experts who were required to study dead rabble-rousers like Jane Jacobs.

It might also help to stop hiring transportation managers who were fired in other
countries.

Metrolinx’s Report Card

Vision on Transportation – a disaster – F

Eglinton LRT – More expensive and slower than subways – F

Completion of Vaughan extension – D (it finally finished).

Making it easier to drive in the City – F

Just a thought: To relieve gridlock, McGuinty could have donated the Province’s land (600
feet wide) in the Gatineau Hydro corridor  – which runs from the DVP at Don Mills Road out to Scarborough – to build a relatively inexpensive highway, or turned Black Creek Drive into a highway with a tunnel to Lakeshore.  Toronto has not built a new road in forty years and needs some of the Province’s land and permission to build more, but they’ll take away lanes on the roads for bikes even though there it’s Toronto, it’s cold, and more people move in cars than bikes.

Bike trails, for example, are great in areas like downtown where there are lots of bike riders, but in other places of the city where you never see a bike, McGuinty connived
with David Miller to use the hydro corridor for a $6 million bicycle path that only
Glenn De Baeremaeker uses, thus letting all that land go to waste other than to
hold up power lines.  The irony here is that there is no winter maintenance on these trails, yet automobiles have to stop at all their expensive traffic lights all year round.

Our Mayor together with a majority of Dinosaur councillors are crippling our city with bike trails by stealing all the parking from businesses and eliminating many lanes for cars, to further wage their war on cars and on businesses.

Why did the Federal Liberal government pay a terrorist 10.5 million?

Is it legal that the Trudeau clan spends so much money that our great-grandchildren who are not even born are obliged to pay for his grandesse?  Is it legal for our prime-minister to take six cabinet ministers and 13 MPs on a one week vacation trip to India without conducting any real business, and having taxpayers pay for an exotic wardrobe costing as much as your house?  Shouldn’t there be a limit how much money Mr. Trudeau can waste on luxuries for his family vacations and those of his friends?

As well, if people who have immigrated to Canada with illegal papers or lack of birth
certificates are generally sent back to their countries, how is it that a Liberal-supporter, turned Cabinet Minister was not?  That doesn’t seem fair… Or legal.

Carbon Taxes
Ontarians need a leader who won’t charge us carbon taxes.  Wynne’s Liberals will.  Trudeau will if Wynne won’t.  Carbon Taxes are a cash grab and do absolutely nothing to reduce pollution.

The carbon emissions are supposedly responsible for:

  • Teenage drinking
  • Raccoons
  • Stray cats
  • Poison ivy
  • Donald Trump
  • Joe Mihevic still being in office
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The crisis in Darfur
  • Impoverished fashion houses
  • Summer frost in Africa
  • Contaminates transfusion blood
  • Landslides
  • Earthquakes
  • Kidney Stones
  • The death of Ontario

Most frightening of all, there will be an increase in the number of lawyers (to profit from
all of it).

Free Speech
We need a leader who won’t pass all kinds of legislation to discourage free speech at our schools and Universities about several topics not just abortion.  Wouldn’t it be great for a child to be educated without being indoctrinated about how great the NDP is and how horrible Conservatism is.

Here is what our champion of free speech, Professor Jordan Peterson said of Wynne:
“When it was suggested to him that Wynne is generally viewed as a nice person, even a
grandmotherly type, Peterson quoted Shakespeare: “One (may) smile and smile and smile and still be a villain.  Everyone in Ontario is not her grandchild. We’re not infants.  We don’t need that much compassion and her insistence on identity politics is unacceptable. The things that have happened under her watch at the universities are unacceptable, they’re way worse than people think.”

Green Energy Act

McGuinty’s Green Energy Act (the role of the PM is now being played by Kathleen Wynne) is a much bigger failure than E-Health – the largest tax grab in the history of Ontario – was.

Time of use rates, LED’s, and Ontarians doing everything in their power to conserve energy and reduce costs, while the Liberals do everything in their power to stick it to Ontarians and charge them money.

While doing things to improve our environment is a great idea, the Liberals green energy projects have turned out to be much bigger failures than the $1 billion E-Health scandal – roughly 18 billion of your taxpayer dollars wasted thus far.

The worst part, is that some is that money went to enrich Dalton’s friends.

Why are our Liberal Premiers so adamant about spending $18 billion on Wind
Turbines that don’t work?

There appears to be only one good answer. A large part of that money will be going to Dalton’s friends like Mike Crawley, former president of the Liberal Party and CEO of AIM PowerGen (now International Power Canada) who was awarded a guaranteed 20-year, $66,000.00 a day Ontario ($475 million) government contract to supply Ontario with electricity at a fixed price 60% higher than the fixed price consumers pay!

This is the same Mike Crawley who sent out e-mails to various parties in the midst of the bidding process for this contract encouraging their attendance at the energy minister’s fundraiser at $5,000.00 a pop.

Details found here: http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/38-1/l093.htm (the Hansard is the official government of Ontario record)

Sex Education
The primary purpose of Kathleen Wynne’s sex education seems to be to make
LGBT more acceptable. That’s a far cry from Papa Pierre Trudeau’s doctrine “The
government has no business in the bedrooms of the Nation.”

Wynne’s Books cannot be trusted.

Take a look at this story from the Toronto Sun
http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-independent- financial-officers- say-wynne-governments-books- cant-be- trusted

How to save Ontario
An excellent article by Jack M. Mintz appeared in the National Post

http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/jack-mintz- congrats-doug- ford-you- might-get- to-fix-ontarios-economic- trainwreck

Dr. Jack M. Mintz was appointed the Palmer Chair in Public Policy at the University of Calgary in January 2008 and Director of The School of Public Policy. Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication as one of the world’s most influential tax experts.

If you want one more reason to get rid of Kathleen Wynne now, just look at the large number of her own cabinet ministers who resigned, or worse, the recent cabinet shuffle so she could place more of her inner circle into ministerial positions so they can max their pensions…

They don’t trust her anymore and are tired of backing up her deceitful ways of screwing the  taxpayers. They know they would go down to defeat with Kathleen as their leader.

To really save Ontario, forward this story to as many of your friends as possible, and voting for the NDP would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Don’t let Andrea’s smile fool you. Don’t let us imitate Alberta (and their NDP fiasco)…  Doug Ford is our only salvation now.

 

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US Politics: Can You Hear it? Locker-Room Talk All About Trump’s Campaign Implosion


As a Canadian who has been besieged by US Presidential election coverage for over a year and a half I have to say it was Donald Trump who actually made me by attention for the better part of that year-and-a-half.  Heck, I even watched half of one of the debates.

If this were Canadian politics, I would have watch both debates in their entirety and would be bitching and whining on my blog.

But how could I not maintain interest in this election?  The 1st woman President was only going to be held back by her husbands wandering genitals until Trump, always the entertainer, told us she was dying, unfit, stupid, and that she would continue to do nothing for the US public…

He made her package of Hilary Clinton as confusing as his comb-up, comb-over, comb-across hair style, or the colour of his skin.

Sure, we have a Trump Tower here in downtown Toronto which, if I recall correctly, has been dropping panes of glass for a couple of year, but it’s Donald Trump!  He’s rich, he’s owned parts of Vegas, and he’s been bankrupt before once or twice.  Heck, he’s the host of the Apprentice!

You’re fired!

While everyone was discounting his chance of winning, Trump kept zinging left, right and centre at anyone and everyone in his way.  Sure, there was talk of a wall between Mexico and the US (Mexico is paying for it!), or the talk of a wall between Canada and the US (can’t trust those friendly Canadians, eh?  Might want to come to the US because our health system sucks).  Trump made noise which resonated with more and more people for all the wrong reasons, and he was gaining momentum.

Attacks on US soil by Americans who may or may not have had ties to Islam prompted Trump to propose a ban on “Muslims” coming to the US, which morphed into a “loyalty” test for Muslims travelling to the US, or applying for citizenship.

Call it crazy, insane, stupid, or impossible but it got people talking Trump.  The bigots bought into it, while the tree huggers called him a fascist.  He was in the news for all the right reasons.

The campaign progressed and out came comments praising China, Russia, Putin, etc., and Trumps popularity grew as he became the unpolitician.  Everyone knew these countries were huge violators of human rights, but boy were their leaders ever popular!

Trump campaigned as being different than the rest.  He was going to make America great again, and save citizens from the same “politicking” that goes on day in and day out.

He said Hilary Clinton has Parkinsons disease and his legend grew along with his approval ratings.

He deflected negative talk, had answers for everything except for his policies, and he was great to watch for his entertainment value…

He WAS entertaining.

Now he’s not.

Trump is in deep trouble because someone left the closet door open and there are a LOT of skeletons in his closet!

He sexually assaults women.

And he’s okay with it.

No, he brags about it.

He bragged about grabbing a woman by the “pussy” and kissing them if he feels like it.

He’s gross, vile, and a criminal who just admitted to sexually assaulting woman.

“Just locker room talk” he said.

Rob Ford said he wasn’t addicted to crack cocaine.

If that isn’t enough reason to not vote for him, I don’t know what it.

Say what you will about Trump now… It really doesn’t matter.  He’s tainted himself and the American public.  If he gets elected, he’s the US President who grabs woman by the crotch.  If he wins, the American people voted in a leader with extremely poor ethics.

While voting for him doesn’t mean that you’re condoning sexual assault in the same way that supporting the Conservative party here in Canada doesn’t make you anti-abortion, pro-guns and anti-immigration, it does mean a man who admits to sexually assaulting women becomes the US President over a woman and that just seems wrong.

As a parent, of a girl and boys, do we really need to send the message to our youth that even if you sexually assault, or admit to / brag about sexual assault, it’s all okay and you can be anything you want.  I don’t think so!

Sideshow aside, Ronald Reagan was US President, and if Bobo can go to college, anything is possible…

 

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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Passes Away After Lengthy Battle With Cancer.


News has just broken that current Toronto City Councillor, and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has passed away at the age of 46, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife, Renata, and two young children.Rob Ford

The Ward 2 City Councillor’s Chief of Staff had released a statement late Thursday night last week saying Ford’s family was by his side and that he would be in palative care while waiting for his body to strengthen enough before another round of chemotherapy.

Ford was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014. He then pulled out of the mayoral election campaign, opting to run for City Councillor instead which he easily won.

During Ford’s tenure as Mayor of North America’s 5th largest city, he gained worldwide noteriaty for his appearance, his strong fiscal conservative stance and his enjoyment of alcohol and drugs which were exposed by The Toronto Star.

Once under the microscope, Ford was regularly recorded when in public, and in his private life, reporters were stalking him at his home, peeking over his fence and taking pictures of him and his family inside.

He continued to make headline-grabbing comments about his sex life, and he admitted to crack cocaine and alcohol abuse which resulted in him being admitted to a rehab facility.

The Ford family has released the following statement:

With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband, and father, Councillor Rob Ford earlier today at the age of 46.

A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.

The family asks that you respect their privacy and join them in their grieving and their prayers.

The family will not be making any statements to the media or taking any questions.

Information will follow at a later time regarding memorial services.

 

Current Mayor John Tory released the following statement:

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Ford: husband, father, city councillor, and former mayor of Toronto.

The City is reeling with this news, and my thoughts are with his wife Renata and their two children, as well as Rob’s brothers Doug and Randy, his sister Kathy, his mother, Diane, and the rest of their tight-knit family, including TDSB Trustee Michael Ford.

I have known Rob Ford for many years. He was a man who spoke his mind and who ran for office because of the deeply felt convictions that he had. As a councillor, mayor and private citizen, Rob Ford reached out directly to people across the city with a phone call, an offer of advice or support, and I know there are many who were affected by his gregarious nature and approach to public service.

I had a chance to visit him not long ago and while he was clearly not well, he was happy to hear me say I looked forward to his return to City Hall. Sadly, that won’t now happen but whatever differences we had, he knew I meant it.

His time in City Hall included moments of kindness, of generosity to his council colleagues and real efforts to do what he thought was best for Toronto. He was, above all else, a profoundly human guy whose presence in our city will be missed.

On behalf of the people of The City of Toronto, I offer my sincere condolences to his loved ones at this time.”

#RIPRobFord

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If I Ever Run For Toronto Mayor, I Want To Run As A NDP!


I watched the Toronto Mayoral debate forum, between Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and John Tory and I had an epiphany.  If I ever decide to run for Toronto Mayor, I want to be just like Olivia Chow.

Are you shocked?

I’m a fiscal conservative who would prefer to find efficiencies, reduce costs, tax less, and find ways to help everyone who needs help but as we have seen here in Toronto over the past 4-years with Rob Ford as Mayor, if you dare even make mention of cutting anything, look out.

When the Mayor commented about fact that there are a lot of libraries close together – some used much more than others – and some rarely used, he was branded a Neanderthal who couldn’t read and this fiasco even resulted in author Margaret Atwood being brought into the fray with jokes that she would be a better mayor.

If you cut, you must hate.  At least that is what the left will tell everyone.  Public service too large?  You hate unions.  Want to find cheaper ways to clean TTC busses? You hate transit.  Want to not pay for things on the backs of the property taxes? You’re rich and entitled.

Who wants all that crap!

I would want to be just like Olivia.  She was great in the debate.

Want better transit?  “Invest”.

Want to build lots of transit lines? “Invest” and “No more studies!”

Want to engage the youth? “Invest”.

Want to fight global warming?  “Invest”.

Olivia has all the answers, and at times, she had a very coy smile because she knew no matter what she said, there are around 28% of the population of Toronto who are going to vote for this modern-day Santa Claus.

You want transit?  You have to pay for it.  All Olivia needs to do is add a 1% how dare you be rich taxto the land transfer tax for every house over $2-million.  That will get me enough money to pay for whatever she wants.

Want more social programs?  Sure!  Once she adds that 1% “levy” (read: tax) on those nasty, horrible rich people (insert booing here) who dared to work hard and earn lots of money, and viola, there is money for social programs.

The debate, er, forum, went along like this through each and every question.  Screw balancing the budget.  Go away, you terrible rich folks.  Whatever you want, Santa Chow is going to get it for you.  Someone will pay for it, but let’s not let the details get in the way.  With that 1% she’ll have enough money to have studies needed to build more transit (her words last night and yes the same studies she criticized John Tory for wanting to undertake instead of just building now!)

It makes no sense.

She makes no sense.

But honestly, when nobody is listening to the message, it’s easy to be generous with your promises and critical of others who don’t want to have to raise taxes in order to fulfill unrealistic promises.  Where is the money going to come from to fulfill ALL her promises if the “rich” do not sell their houses or if they all move outside of the GTA?

My favourite exchange from the forum went something like this (paraphrased of course);

Q1: How would you get Toronto moving?”

A1: “More transit.  Invest in Transit.  Pay for it NOW.  Get started NOW.”

Q2: “Google is trying unmanned transit in San Francisco.  Would Toronto?”

A2: “Absolutely!!  We need transit moving on all the lines.  We’ll invest in that technology.”

Q3: “Unicorns.  I think Toronto needs more unicorns.  If elected Mayor, will you get us more unicorns?”unicorn tower

A3: “I’ll get those too!  I got free dental for seniors.  Subsidized metropasses for students and I love giving away stuff.  I can always raise taxes on the rich. I’m progressive.  Buy now, tax now.  The other candidates want to pay for studies.  I say forget the studies and invest in unicorns.  Why wait 10-years.  Get them here now!”

Toronto may not need unicorns, but if more than one-quarter of the city blindly support Olivia Chow’s platform, maybe after the 1% land transfer tax levy, they should all be next.

Who needs fiscal restraint when you’re spending other people’s money, anyways.

This modern-day Robin Hood has it all figured out.  Steal from the rich to give to the poor.

Psst… Want more trees too?

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