Big Green Lie – Tells it Like It Is!!!

Why the Liberals won the election and why this Province is nothing more than a “banana republic”!

Posted: June 22, 2014

Sad days in Ontario. Greed, apathy and an intentional dismembering of our Democracy over many decades by various Governments has finally exposed all that’s wrong with allowing an unfettered gang of power mongers and corrupt industrialists to run a Province.

Short term for a place like this on this planet: banana republic

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Courtesy Bing

One can’t call these past few decades as being ruled by politicians, who are nothing more than “puppets” doing the bidding of their backroom masters, “managed, handled and groomed” to say whatever they are told, all 3 parties that have held the reins of power in this Province. The end result of this type of leadership?……….a bankrupt, divided and lost society with little or no way out from a future mortgaged to the hilt!

The only solution for any “sanity” or financial stability is for people to move and relocate somewhere else in canada that may offer some light.

Sad days in Ontario!!!!

Ontario’s worrying banana republic problem

The Ontario legislature operates under a set of rules that make it nearly impossible for a single opposition party to move motions of non-confidence. This is not normal and it is not democratic.

PETER LOEWEN June 21/2014

Imagine a friend just returned from a country you knew nothing about. During her visit, your friend took an interest in the country’s politics and the election they just held. Suppose she told you the following.

First, the governing party had a leader who, under accusation of major political corruption and the threat of sanction by the legislature, suspended that same legislature until his successor could be chosen. His successor, despite inheriting a government under police investigation, was able to survive nearly two years.

If your mind was an inquiring one, you might want to know how a party could survive in such conditions. Your friend tells you that despite holding only a minority of seats, they were able to routinely buy off the third party through policy concessions. Worse, they’d been able to avoid tests of confidence because these are essentially impossible to move under the rules of the legislature.

Things get stranger and they get worse. When the government was finally brought down, they were returned with a majority government. Now, the counting was fair and the party’s campaign was above board. But alongside their campaign was a massive one run by unions and interest groups. Those groups seemed sometimes indistinguishable from the campaign personnel of the governing party. And those same unions were preparing to negotiate labour agreements with the party in power. These fellow-travellers could raise and spend money without limit and effectively without oversight.

This cake comes with icing. The provincial police force actively inserted itself into the campaign, releasing information about investigations into the governing party. At the same time, the police union campaigned against the principal opposition party……………………………

MORE to this Story in Ottawa Citizen of June 21/2014

The Destruction of Ontario’s Economy, Will Soon be Complete. Thank the Liberals!

Release Date: June 19, 2014

Roughly 12 hours after Premier Kathleen Wynne was re-elected in Ontario with a majority government, bond markets and international credit rating agencies sent her a powerful message about the province’s dismal public finances. Ontario’s borrowing costs spiked the morning after the election (the highest daily jump in six months) and financial analysts warned that further credit downgrades are probable. So much for the post-election celebration. This swift reaction from markets is a wake-up call for Premier Wynne’s government.

The post-election market movement is likely driven by the perception that her government doesn’t have a credible plan to tackle Ontario’s deficit and debt problems.  Consider that the federal government’s borrowing costs were unchanged on the same day, the markets are signalling that the Wynne government must rein in Ontario’s debt.

Meanwhile, the Premier said her first priority is to pass the government’s budget that triggered the election nearly two months ago. With markets watching the province closely, a rehash of May’s budget will do nothing to temper concerns that the risks associated with Ontario’s debt are increasing.

Recall that the government’s May budget downplayed the need to eliminate the deficit and projected this year’s deficit to grow to $12.5 billion ($1.2 billion higher than last year’s projection). At $12.5 billion, Ontario’s deficit will be larger than the combined deficits of the federal and all provincial governments. And while the government maintains it will balance the budget in 2017/18, without any meaningful reforms or spending reductions, the plan lacks serious credibility.

Seven consecutive years of deficit spending has fuelled growing government debt. Ontario’s debt will hit $289.3 billion this year and is projected to reach $324.5 billion (almost 40 per cent of Ontario’s economy) by 2017/18, more than double the $138.8 billion debt (or 27.5 per cent of the economy) in 2003/04 when the Liberals came to power).

This considerable increase in provincial debt and the government’s apparent unwillingness to tackle the problem has prompted speculation that credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s may once again downgrade Ontario’s creditworthiness.

A downgrade would drive up the government’s borrowing costs as the province would have to pay higher interest to investors buying its bonds. If this happens, the share of government spending dedicated to servicing the province’s debt could also increase as the government issues new debt to cover deficits and re-finances debt that matures.

The government already spends 9.2 per cent of its revenues to service its debt and, according to its own estimates, this will rise to nearly 11 per cent in the next four years. Put plainly, Ontario spends $1 out of every $10 sent to Queen’s Park to pay for past debt. This is money not spent on health care, education, transportation, or other public priorities. The increase in rates and the expectation for further hikes means even more tax revenues will go to paying interest instead of key government services.

But there is hope. Similar market pressures in the mid-1990s caused the Chretien-Martin Liberal government of the day to implement an ambitious plan to eliminate the deficit and reverse decades of rising government debt. A fresh majority mandate provides Premier Wynne with an opportunity to look beyond short-term political machinations. A good first step would be a reconsideration of May’s pre-election budget and the need to reassure markets her government is serious about getting the province’s deficit and debt under control.

While Premier Wynne and the Ontario Liberals can be lauded for their electoral win, there isn’t much time for merriment. Markets have sent a wake-up call. It’s time to get to work and start changing Ontario’s course of deficits and debt.

Ontarians Shoot Themselves in the Foot! Again….and again!

Lakehead University Professor Livio Di Matteo Reports on Economy

But don’t cry for the province; it has mainly itself to blame

THUNDER BAY – EDITORIAL – Ontarians have re-elected a government whose decade long reign dovetails with the lowest growth rate of provincial real per capita GDP in the Canadian federation. In the face of economic decline, Ontarians have come to fear change and opted for the status quo in the hope that things may get better if enough time goes by. Sadly, Ontario has embarked on the road to Argentina.

Despite Ontario’s mounting public debt, laggard economic performance, new status as a have not province, general lack of competitiveness, as well as a government marked by scandals and charges of corruption, the opposition parties were unable to convince the electorate of the need for change. In the face of such abundant fodder, this also represents a notable failure on the part of the opposition parties. Like Argentina, Ontario’s economic decline has spilled over to pervade its institutions with an inability to articulate and effect change.

In the early 20th century, Argentina was a successful export-led economy rooted in agricultural production – particularly beef. During the 20th century, Ontario became a successful export-led economy based particularly on its manufacturing sector. During its heyday, Argentina had one of the highest standards of living in the world and believed it was on the verge of becoming the next United States. Meanwhile, Ontario has grown accustomed to one of the highest standards of living in the world and taken its role as an economic cornerstone of the Canadian federation for granted.

The First World War and Great Depression shocked the Argentine export economy and the beef export industry never fully recovered. The result was poor economic policies over the next half-century that aimed to recapture a fading standard of living. Argentina was marked by large public sector debts and deficits, corruption, high inflation, and protectionism for uncompetitive sectors of the economy. Most importantly, there were entrenched economic interests that benefitted from poor government economic policies and a general inability to implement changes that would reverse the long-term decline of the Argentine economy. With a set of poor political institutions that included military coups, Argentina settled into a long-term decline punctuated by bouts of economic crisis and an inability to resolve its problems.

For Ontario, its problems began with an incomplete transition to the economic changes brought about by a more competitive world economy after 1990. Ontario’s economic development reached a crucial watershed in the wake of the economic boom of the 1980s that saw free trade with the United States, a shift away from the traditional east-west economic alignment, and the recession of the early 1990s. While the mid-1990s saw the onset of public sector restructuring and economic reforms, these petered out in the early 21st century with the return of more interventionist government economic policy that saw tax increases, increased public sector spending and a flawed industrial strategy based on green energy initiatives that became a factor in higher electricity prices. Economic productivity faltered and the 2009 tilt into recession was compounded by an appreciating Canadian dollar.

Ontarians have become used to ever-larger amounts of public spending fueled by growing public debt to compensate for faltering private sector productivity. This has created clients with a vested interest in more interventionist government. The recent election campaign saw promises of new public infrastructure spending, a new pension plan as well as overt political meddling by some traditionally circumspect public sector unions. While Ontario police unions do not have the heft of the Argentine military, their election activity is nevertheless yet another sign that Ontario may be changing for the worse.

In towns and cities across the province ravaged by manufacturing decline, the public sector has picked up the slack with public works construction projects, expanded government initiatives and their associated employment. Ontarians have convinced themselves that what is needed to reverse their malaise is more government spending fueled by debt and deficits, despite the evidence that the past decade of such policies have yet to turn the economy around. It is still early on in Ontario’s economic and fiscal troubles but another decade of economic policy ineptness could well make Ontario’s decline terminal.

Don’t cry for Ontario, it has mainly itself to blame.

Livio Di Matteo

– See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2014/06/13/ontario-the-new-argentina-di-matteo/#sthash.RvVq5SNA.dpuf

Ontario…..Canada’s Financial Anchor! What a Shame!

Canadians pay for Ontario verdict

tim hudak, waving
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak announced he is stepping down as leader Thursday night after defeat in the provincial election on June 12 2014. (Bob Tymczyszyn/QMI Agency)

Onlookers in more fiscally stable regions might have sat back on the couch with a bowl of popcorn to chuckle as the results poured in.

“Will it be ‘Welcome to Hell: The Sequel’? or will they dodge the bullet?” they might have asked their spouses.

But when one province makes up more than a third of the country’s population, we’re all in this together.

For starters, if energy prices in Ontario continue to rise and jobs leave the province, that’ll impact the general economy.

People in Ontario will pay less federal tax, buy fewer domestic goods and cut back on vacations among other household spending.

Then there’s the more direct money drain of equalization payments. In 2009, Ontario became a “have-not” province. It takes out of the pot more than it puts in. For 2014-15, Ontario will get $2 billion.

Provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta, which have a greater median family income and lower debt per capita than Ontario, are paying for this.

We’re in trouble when Canada’s most populous province is on the “takers” list. Yet Ontario voters just gave the Liberals — who presided over Ontario’s negative turnaround — a four-year majority. Yikes.

To paraphrase the Iron Lady, sooner or later we’re going to run out of Alberta’s money.

Besides, the very people who think reducing our spending is wrong tend to be the same who think our resources sector should be shut down.

Even if the Toronto latte crowd is morally okay with turning Albertans upside down and shaking them for cash, they should at least understand that without resource extraction there won’t be any wealth to share.

Restraining spending and growing the economy is the only way to move forward together in these sluggish times. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne must bring Ontario back to black.

When Canada’s premiers met in 2013 it was in Ontario and Wynne chaired the meeting.

This August when they meet in PEI, someone like Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall needs to take the reins and teach these spendaholics how it’s done.

Ontario and the have-nots are simply endangering Canada’s future prosperity.

 

Ezra warns of Destruction We are About to Witness, at the Hands of the Liberals

EZRA LEVANT - LEVANT: Ontario, yours to dismantle

Credits: MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun

EZRA LEVANT | QMI AGENCY

 

Put aside the scandals and corruption and police investigations into the Ontario Liberal Party. That’s just morality and ethics stuff, and Ontarians are apparently fine with that.

But what about the economy created by the Liberals, happily accepted by voters last Thursday?

For seven years running, Ontario has had a higher unemployment rate than the national average. Ontario is a have-not province, now subsidized by others, including Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, two new have provinces.

Stop and let that sink in.

Ontario’s taxes are high, and about to grow higher: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s campaign centrepiece was a new payroll tax for a provincial pension plan, deducted from every employee’s paycheque.

In other words, a job tax.

There will be other taxes too, including on Pearson Airport, the airport already saddled with the highest user fees in the world.

And Ontario’s disastrous experiment with wind turbines and solar panels will continue for decades — that’s the length of time Ontario will force residents and companies to buy power at inflated rates to subsidize their green schemes.

Even as power prices fall in other provinces and competitor states in the U.S. It’s surely a coincidence that the former president of the Liberal Party is a wind turbine executive.

That’s what’s so dispiriting.

Not that Ontarians are fine with a corrupt political class.

But that Ontarians are fine with economic decline and that more and more economic “success stories” aren’t entrepreneurs, but rather crony capitalists with ties to the government.

Ontarians, for more than a century the economic engine of Canada, are fine now being an economic brake. The decline first brought on by Dalton McGuinty is no longer a blip. It’s a trend.

It seems unthinkable that Ontario could ever be anything other than the biggest and strongest province. But it surely felt that way in Montreal, too, for the longest time.

But take the story of the Bank of Montreal to see how things don’t last forever.

The Bank of Montreal is Canada’s oldest bank, founded in 1817. And for 160 years, it was headquartered in — obviously — Montreal. But in 1970, politics brought risk and cost to Quebec in a way not seen before.

The FLQ crisis brought terrorism and martial law. In 1976, the Parti Quebecois won the election. So in 1977, the Bank of Montreal moved its head office operations to Toronto.

For two lifetimes it was unthinkable that the Bank of Montreal would leave Montreal. But in the course of 20 years it happened.

Politics matters.

Ontarians just renewed their bonds with a party that deliberately campaigned to the left of the NDP; a party that has overtly joined the cause of government workers unions, against the interests of taxpayers.

Ontario’s so-called Sunshine List — the annual publication of government workers earning more than $100,000 — used to be a source of embarrassment. Now it’s the government’s base of support.

Ontario has chosen the takers against the makers. Thirtynine percent of Ontarians were fine with that and voted Liberal. And most of the 24% who voted for the NDP were fine with it too.

The day after the election was instructive. Mere hours after the election, Joe Fontana, the Liberal mayor of London, was convicted of fraud. But Wynne happily met with Fontana earlier this year, while he was before the courts — and merely by associating with him, gave him her political stamp of approval.

At exactly the same time, banks from around the world issued credit warnings about Ontario’s debt, and the province’s cost to borrow jumped the most it had in six months.

An official credit downgrade is imminent, though some banks say they’re waiting for the provincial budget, to make it official.

Corruption and debt.

Can they really bring down Canada’s economic colossus?

Ask Detroit — for decades, the highest-paid, most industrialized city in America. After two generations of Democratic rule, it’s an impoverished ghost town.

Oh, this is just the beginning.

Let’s see what new taxes and rules Toronto’s next mayor, socialist Olivia Chow, will bring with her.

Anyone want to bet on when the Bank of Montreal moves to Calgary?

Wynne’s Irresponsible Spending, is Our Downfall. We Pay for her Mistakes!

BlackRock says it’s on ‘high alert’ for Ontario

debt downgrade after Wynne victory

On Friday, a day after Kathleen Wynne's Liberals won a majority in the Ontario election, BlackRock's head of Canadian fixed-income said “We’re on high alert that S&P will downgrade Ontario.”

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteOn Friday, a day after Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals won a majority in the Ontario election, BlackRock’s head of Canadian fixed-income said “We’re on high alert that S&P will downgrade Ontario.”

Ontario’s borrowing costs spiked the most in six months Friday as investors wagered the province’s credit rating will be cut after Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals won re- election on a plan that would increase the deficit.

The extra yield investors demand to hold Ontario’s latest 10-year bond over a Canadian government benchmark note rose 2 basis points at 10:20 a.m. in Toronto, the biggest one day jump since January 10, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Standard & Poor’s has a negative outlook on the province’s AA- credit rating, a signal it expects a rating change will be lower. Moody’s Investors Service called Wynne’s fiscal plan a credit negative on May 2.

They’re seeing a deteriorating financial balance sheet

“We’re on high alert that S&P will downgrade Ontario,” said Aubrey Basdeo head of Canadian fixed-income in Toronto at BlackRock Inc., the world’s biggest money manager. “She’s front-loading the deficit or the total debt in anticipation future years will benefit from stronger growth. They’re just looking at the raw numbers and they’re seeing a deteriorating financial balance sheet.”

Wynne has promised to use deficit-fueled stimulus spending to spur an economy that stagnated at 1.3% growth in each of the past two years before paring back to balance the books in years to come.

Under the Liberal plan, a $3 billion boost to program spending this year would increase the deficit to $12.5 billion from $11.3 billion last year. Wynne has pledged to eliminate the deficit by the 2017-18 fiscal year by holding spending for three years following the 2014 increase.

An S&P downgrade would put Ontario in the single-A range of its ratings scale, though investors would take the ratings of other firms into account as well to determine borrowing costs. Moody’s Investors Service rates the province Aa2 with a stable outlook and Fitch Ratings has a negative outlook on its AA rating. DBRS Ltd. has a stable outlook on its AA Low rating.

“It should happen quickly, although the agencies may wait for the budget to be reintroduced,” John Braive, vice chairman at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s CIBC Global Asset Management unit, said by e-mail from Toronto today.

Ontario’s borrowing-cost advantage over lower-rated Quebec shrunk to only five basis points, the lowest spread all year, the data show. An S&P downgrade would put Ontario’s rating in line with the firm’s assessment of Quebec.

Its going to be a challenge for the province to hit their out year spending targets

In the U.S. bond market, the drop from AA to single-A for a foreign government can mean about 1 percentage point higher borrowing costs on average, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Data.

“Its going to be a challenge for the province to hit their out year spending targets,” Braive said, adding that the province will need to issue more bonds as a result.

Bloomberg.com

Matt Gurney: Throw the Liberals out

 Matt Gurney | June 11, 2014 

It's hard to imagine a party in more desperate need of a long, restorative spell in the wilderness.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnIt’s hard to imagine a party in more desperate need of a long, restorative spell in the wilderness.

Tomorrow, June 12, is election day in Ontario. The polls are, to say the least, unclear. No one has any idea what is going to happen. As one person, who does “stakeholder relations” work for clients in Ontario, recently told me, the smart money is planning on six possible outcomes: A Tory minority or majority, a Liberal minority or majority, or an NDP minority or majority. It really could be any of those.

National Post editorial board: A Conservative government for Ontario

It is difficult to overstate just how richly the Ontario Liberals deserve to be removed from office. It is difficult even to know where to begin.

As managers of public services they are, in the most charitable interpretation, famously inept. Witness the scandal at ORNGE, the non-profit set up to run the province’s air ambulance service, which soon devolved into a byzantine scheme to redirect public money into various private wallets. Witness the scandal at eHealth, which the auditor general found to have spent $1-billion comprehensively bungling efforts to create an electronic health records system. Witness former premier Dalton McGuinty’s signature green-energy initiative, which has seen electricity rates skyrocket even as the province exports electricity at a huge loss.

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The campaign has not been a particularly edifying one. Don’t be surprised if turnout is low — perhaps historically so. But such an outcome, while perhaps understandable, would also be unfortunate. This may not be an exciting election, or one that has seen much thoughtful debate and entertaining oratory, but it’s an important one. Ontario is currently governed by a party that has behaved, time and again, in a fashion that is nothing short of appalling. If the Liberals are re-elected come Thursday, Ontarians will have chosen exactly the government that they deserve.

I’d need a dozen columns to even begin to scratch the surface of just how deserving of a crushing defeat the Ontario Liberals are. Even a brief overview would run into the thousands of words. So, just for those who need a little reminder, recall that this is the government that promised, before being first elected 11 years ago, to not raise taxes, and then immediately raised taxes. Rather than say that the province’s unexpectedly poor fiscal status required such action, the former premier, Dalton McGuinty, tried to convince Ontarians that he hadn’t raised taxes, but merely imposed a premium to fund health care — and then, when it turned out public sector union contracts left the government on the hook for premiums, McGuinty had to publicly stress taxpayers were on the hook for them. Because it was, you know … a tax.

This is the government that established a green energy sector that Ontarians will spend decades paying above market rates for, to provide power beyond what the province currently requires, and that we must export at a loss for lack of any other option. It now subsidizes monthly hydro bills for all but the most voracious consumers of power rather than let the true costs show up in our mailboxes each month — but they don’t call it a subsidy, of course. It’s the “Ontario Green Energy Benefit.”

The Liberals have run a government that lied, repeatedly and for years, about what the economic cost of harmonizing the provincial sales tax with the federal GST would be — an entirely defensible policy that the Liberals, for some reason, pretended would not end up costing Ontario families more … which they later admitted it would. It’s a government that suddenly imposed an eco-tax on consumers — surprise! — and only backed off after the public noticed and became outraged. It’s a government that has committed to billions in ongoing spending by allowing the unionized broader public service to expand far faster than inflation and population growth would warrant, all in the name of buying “labour peace.” That labour peace, it should be noted, ended the instant the Liberals mused about slowing the volleys of cash being hurled the unions’ way. I guess it was more like renting labour peace.

While they were fighting all these battles, Ontario blew a billion bucks in a futile effort to create electronic health records

It’s a government that never saw a minor social irritant it didn’t want to legislate away. Under the Liberals, we’ve seen restrictions on junk food and trans fats in schools, bans on harmless garden-variety (literally) pesticides, and repeated crackdowns on tobacco sales and smoking in cars containing children, even though the children themselves can light up in the car without the police saying boo. It’s a government that considered enforcing a little-known, always-ignored provincial regulation requiring that sushi only be made with previously frozen seafood, but had to settle for banning pitbulls and teens in tanning beds, instead. While they were fighting all these battles, Ontario blew a billion bucks in a futile effort to create electronic health records and became a have-not province, but oh well. Don’t those dandelions on your lawn look fantastic?

The Liberals are a government that ran an air ambulance service that was better at streaming public dollars toward Liberal-friendly executives than it was at rescuing people using helicopters that were unsuited to the role, but sure looked pretty. It’s a government that spent perhaps as much as $1-billion public dollars cancelling two gas-fired power plants that it had previously vocally championed, once polls showed they might lose a couple of seats due to local opposition. Oh, and it’s a government that wrote off the entire town of Caledonia to lawlessness because it didn’t like the optics of sending in mostly white provincial police officers to deal with a small number of native thugs who were assaulting people and destroying property — crimes — during a land ownership dispute. McGuinty called it “peacekeeping.” When I asked him why police were tasked with peacekeeping, which is the military’s job, instead of enforcing the laws equally for all citizens, he shrugged and had no answer.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren CalabreseOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, ride the subway while en route to Wynne’s speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade in Toronto Monday, April 14, 2014.

The Ontario Liberals have a new leader now — Kathleen Wynne. She acknowledges that a lot of bad things happened under her predecessor’s watch, and even that she was involved with some of them. She had no choice, she insists, since she was “part of a government.”

It’s not quite “I was only following orders,” but it’s damn near close enough.

In a perfect world, Ontarians would have plenty of terrific options to choose from when searching for a replacement. But they don’t. Both the NDP and the Progressive Conservatives leave a lot to be desired. It’s entirely reasonable for Ontarians to be underwhelmed at what awaits them in their polling stations.

But a vote for either the Tories or the NDP is still better than a vote for the party that brought us everything recapped above, and so much more. It’s hard to imagine a party in more desperate need of a long, restorative spell in the wilderness of opposition than the Ontario Liberals. A vote for them is an endorsement of their record of mismanagement, waste and meddling. If Ontario returns another Liberal government, that record will continue, and that will be exactly what Canada’s most populous province deserves.

National Post

Read This Before You Vote…..Our Province Depends On It!


That is something worth voting for

on Election Day.

by lsarc

If you are in business you understand the bottom line.

You probably realize that cheap and reliable electricity enabled Ontario’s prosperity and destroying that advantage eventually destroys even our ability to protect the environment.

Just as cold drives people to desperate means in order to heat their homes, there are serious life consequences to political profiteering with our energy system.

In just the latest act in the ongoing series of Liberal legal dramas, Mesa Power is seeking$653-million in damages under a NAFTA challenge.

If you are keeping a tally… this is in addition the $475-million lawsuit by Windstream Energy and the $2.25-billion by Trillium Power Wind Corp.

Mesa Power’s court filing alleges that senior Kathleen Wynne campaign advisor, Bob Lopinski, who was representing multinational renewables firm NextEra, bent the rules to help the client of a prominent Liberal lobbyist to more than $2-billion worth of power contracts, thereby bumping Mesa’s projects out of line, costing it sunk costs and lost future profits through “political favouritism, cronyism and local preference.”

If you are a parent or a teacher you understand that you can’t get away with saying, “Do as I say, not as I do!” without losing a bit of credibility each time.

You do that and you are teaching that the rules don’t apply.

The Liberal scandals are a result of those who “govern” us ignoring the rules and regulations which are meant protect our society.

In no particular order, here are some of the top Liberal scandals:

– Children’s Aid Society – made off with huge executive salaries, perks, and the children suffered.

– OLG scam – cheated the public through sole-sourced contracts and insider wins.

– Smart meter – TOU (Time Of Use) savings which have not materialized for 80% of customers whose rates keep rising.

– Slush fund – funnelling $32 million to Liberal-friendly organizations, the Auditor General described it as the worst ever lack of process or accountability.

– “Green” energy – socially, environmentally and economically destructive even as constraint payments are added.

– ORNGE Air – nepotism, bonuses, salaries, poor service and now 17 charges laid for resulting deaths

– eHealth database – cost billions for consulting, salaries, bonuses, untendered contracts- for nothing

– Gas Plants-waste and even more scandalous cover-up

“Sorry” doesn’t cut it when the same disrespect for the public purse is replayed in every deal which benefits Liberal cronies… and it does not stop! Kathleen Wynne’s “safe hands” try to conceal yet another boondoggle playing out in Toronto.

In his Financial Post article – “MaRS, the Ontario government’s very own money pit” – retired banker Parker Gallant exposes the creative accounting exercise in which the Liberals are currently engaged.

“The MaRS story raises doubts about the $4.2-billion in loans that IO (Infrastructure Ontario) had on its books at March 31, 2012. What are the updated risk qualifications on all of IO’s obligations?
It’s time for the Auditor General to conduct a review of both Infrastructure Ontario and the MaRS Discovery District and provide the taxpayers of the Province with the true picture of their financial position.”

One can’t honestly imagine how Tim Hudak could possibly be scarier than the status quo.

OPSEU’s Smokey Thomas believes Kathleen Wynne is lying and will cut at least 30,000 public sector jobs; he says at least Hudak is “honest and straightforward”.

That is something worth voting for on Election Day.

Another Chance to see the Awesome Documentary….DownWind! Wed. June 11, @ 8pm.

Speaking of movies, DOWN WIND airs tomorrow at 8pm ET. A tell-all about the Ontario green energy scam!

Whether you are watching it again, or seeing it for the first time, this movie is a must-see!  You will be amazed that

this kind of scam, could be perpetrated, on such a wide scale!  Everyone should watch this, before voting!!!

What the Liberals Have Done to Our Province, Is Unforgivable!

Opinion: Ontario is deeply in debt

The Liberal record on energy, health care and education

By Ron Cirotto

In a Comment page article May 23, Bryan Kerman compared apples to oranges in comparing Canadian provincial politics to American state politics. Let us look at the facts and forget about the past and the Mike Harris era. That was then, this is now, 2014. Now Ontario is a province deeply in debt and sitting on a poor credit rating and lavishly spending taxpayers’ money without consultation or proper bidding.

In simple numbers, after 10 years of Liberal government, Ontario has a provincial debt that has doubled from $150 billion to $300 billion. Ontario has increased yearly spending from $65 billion to $130 billion. Ontario, now in 2014, is running a $10 billion-plus deficit each year. Ontario’s population, now in 2014, is 13 million, up from 12 million a decade ago.

Where have all the jobs gone? Where has all the money gone?The size of provincial government has increased dramatically, along with the total provincial debt and yearly deficit. Yet, the population has only increased by about one million. Government mismanagement is the reason. There is plenty of opportunity to allow 100,000 government employees to be released by attrition over the next four to eight years. This means the well paid remaining government employees will have to work more efficiently just like the private sector.

Energy:

There is plenty of opportunity to allow 100,000 government employees to be released by attrition over the next four to eight years.

Energy is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, especially because of our Northern climate. Ontario’s growing population cannot cut back on energy usage to heat their homes, run their appliances or turn on the lights when it is dark. Steel mills or any manufacturing company cannot run a business on expensive electric power and try to compete internationally. The Ontario Liberals signed an untendered $19-billion electrical energy contract for 25 years with Samsung without a cost-benefit analysis.

For example, aluminum production companies are located near cheap electricity, as is the case in Northern Quebec. The excess electricity Ontario generates, it sells to Quebec at a loss, which resells it to the Northern New York power grid for a profit. A billion dollars-plus, wasted on cancelling two natural gas plants for political reasons. This is not responsible management of taxpayers’ money. This is a blatant example of misguided ideology, needlessly saving the planet on the taxpayers’ dime!

A billion dollars has been spent on smart meters, yet Ontario’s electricity rates are at 15 cents per kilowatt hour in Burlington and Hamilton. Before Dalton McGuinty took Ontario’s rudder, electricity was four cents per kilowatt hour. Currently there are 1,000 wind turbines in Ontario and another 5,000 planned and they will be forced upon municipalities by the Liberal government. Why did the Liberal government spend billions on the new tunnel at Niagara Falls to get inexpensive hydro electricity and still go ahead with very expensive wind turbines? Why did the government plow ahead with a solar panel installation in southern Ontario? They promised it would provide 300 jobs, yet when finished it provided only three jobs and they are low-paying security guard positions.

Health care:

Billions of dollars have been spent on an unfinished computerized eHealth database and taxpayers are still not reaping the benefits. Money has been wasted on the Ornge helicopter mess, an arms-length, government company that only benefitted its directors, not to mention the tragic Ornge helicopter crash that killed innocent people.

Privatization:

At one LCBO location, a union leader justifiably pointed out there are eight employees and 11 managers. This is insulting to taxpayers.

Religious Schools:

In his article, Kerman appeared to be intentionally regurgitating the religious school issue by alluding to a hidden Conservative “agenda,” saying at least one lobbyist is running under the Conservative banner in the provincial election, thus rekindling fear in the voters. Who is this lobbyist? Name him or her so that he or she can be questioned. Publicly funded private schools are not the same as publicly funded private religious schools. This so-called “short step” is scare mongering.

Ontario is in deep, deep financial trouble. Kathleen Wynne’s government needs to be replaced. When you vote on Thursday consider jobs, jobs and jobs. Please do some serious soul searching before voting.

 

Ron Cirotto, BASc., P.Eng., lives in Burlington.