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How do you tell a Conservative from a Liberal? Ask an economist

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Where once the party stood for bold, broad tax reform, it now confines itself to a clutch of micro-targeted “boutique” tax credits, such as for children’s fitness or transit passes: spending programs by another name, of precisely the sort of busy-bodying, social-engineering bent that Conservatives used to disdain, and not very effective even at that.

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The debt, the deficit – and other things this election isn’t about

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Canada has the lowest debt burden in the Group of Seven. The weight of federal debt is not heavy and increasing; it’s light and shrinking…. Relative to a $2.3-trillion economy, deficits of roughly $20-billion or less are small enough that the federal debt-to-GDP ratio will continue to steadily fall… Ottawa’s tax take today is smaller than at any other time in recent history…

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Will the Liberals’ Broken Electoral Reform Promise Hurt Them?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It was a “loud minority” who wanted electoral reform… Liberals are unlikely to revisit the issue and remind Canadian voters of that reversal. “The problem with electoral reform for the Liberals is that there is really no reward for doing it,” Bricker said. “What it does is promote opportunities for parties like the Greens and the NDP to do better.”

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Make no mistake: elections do make a difference

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

… four big areas: Technology and the nature of work… Achieving some kind of stability amid the storm requires innovative approaches to education, training and social programs / Sharing the benefits of prosperity… individuals, indeed entire sectors of the new economy, aren’t paying their share / … alliances… As a trading nation, that’s of vital concern to Canada. Jobs are at stake. / Climate change and energy…

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To succeed in Ontario, leaders must understand we are Red Tories at heart

Friday, September 13th, 2019

In general, Ontarians are wary of abrupt change. They tend to value competent management over ideology. They usually see balance as a virtue. This is the Tory side of Red Tory-ism. But voters in Canada’s largest province are also willing to use the state to achieve social goals… In 1969, pressure from voters ultimately forced a recalcitrant Ontario government to sign onto Canada’s national, public medicare program. That is the Red side.

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PC MPP who referees Ontario’s legislature wants to see better behaviour

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Speaker Ted Arnott singles out “repeated and contrived standing ovations” in the legislature’s daily question period, noting they “do not lead us to a higher standard of parliamentary decorum.” … “No question is enhanced by a gratuitous personal insult, and no response is elevated by the dismissive avoidance of a legitimate issue raised…

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Want to know which political parties are targeting you on Facebook?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

If you are on Facebook… chances are you’ve already given some thought to why certain ads are appearing in your newsfeed… Who Targets Me… [is] an Internet-based effort to help voters see which political parties are trying to catch their interest on Facebook… you’ll be able to learn whether you’ve been targeted because of your age, gender, your geography or maybe even your interests.

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Lots at stake for working families in this election

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Can Canadians afford a government that cares more about private corporations and tax cuts for the super-rich than it does about everyday working people? Can we risk electing a government that refuses to address the climate catastrophe? Can we accept a government that is prepared to exploit people’s fear and insecurity to fuel racism and intolerance?

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Scheer’s election slogan undermines the Canadian way

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Andrew Scheer… (is) following the lead of “populist” politicians like Donald Trump and Doug Ford, who dismantle public services and abandon social responsibility by preaching “me” instead of “we.” Scheer could have chosen the slogan “Time for us to get ahead.” But he didn’t.

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Ontario may be out of gas pump stickers, but Joe Moed has lots of his own

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

“Basically I went out and rage-bought 5,000 stickers,” Moed said, adding that he feels the Ford government’s stickers tell “half the story” by not including information about rebates that go hand in hand with the federal carbon levy. “It’s a lie by omission. It’s misleading and I wanted to take some direct action against it,” he said.

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