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Why I resigned from the Senate

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Having always, as a journalist, put reason, objectivity and moderation at the top of my professional values, I found it very difficult to work in an environment where partisan interests appeared to be foremost in so many minds… The chamber should also be more effective; there is simply too much time wasted on partisan and procedural bickering.

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Some good news for the west — you have more friends out east than you realize

Friday, October 25th, 2019

In Ontario, though the Liberals won more votes — just over 41% of the total — the Conservatives still had 2.25 million people vote for them… there are more Conservative voters in Ontario than Alberta and Saskatchewan combined… Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario combined totalled 3,652,000 Tory voters. That’s more than double the rounded-up total for Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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A last-minute guide to what the federal parties are pitching

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Over the course of the election, federal parties have been making their pitch to Canadians on their plans for the environment, health care, affordability, the economy and plenty more…here’s what the parties are pitching:

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Scheer, Ford and the lessons of Ontario

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Ontario voters gave Ford their support when he warned of troubled government finances that needed a conservative touch to right the ship. They trusted him when he promised to put more money in their pockets and to cut government spending in ways they wouldn’t notice. We know how poorly that’s turned out, but Scheer is still hoping voters will buy those lines once again.

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Women cannot afford another conservative government

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Saving money does not lead to increased safety for vulnerable populations; it leads to increased violence and the increased costs associated with that. Any cost savings are short-term… Women in Ontario are seeing firsthand what happens when politicians don’t include gender-based violence and women’s equality on their list of platform priorities.

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Liberals are the best choice for Canada

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

… despite the failings of the Liberals, this is the time to focus on what’s truly important in the long run… to make sure the wealth is more evenly shared. It cut taxes on the middle class, raised them on the wealthy and directed a lot more support to families with the new Canada Child Benefit… A re-elected Liberal government would also add to the child benefit that has been so vital to reducing poverty. It would finally put a tax on Big Tech companies that haven’t been paying their share. And, very importantly, it would stick to its plan to reduce carbon emissions

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The tax cuts you might vote for, but might not notice

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Would someone earning over $60,000 notice that they got another $420 a year by 2023 through the Conservative Party’s Universal Tax Cut? … if someone handed you $420 in 2023, you’d notice. But that’s not how this tax cut is going to be delivered. It’ll be incremental… Surely there must be a better way to spend over $5.5 billion a year. Couldn’t this money be better spent on healthcare, housing, infrastructure, and/or paying down the deficit?

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The (Conservative) platform that dare not speak its name

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Scaling back infrastructure spending could have consequences, but they won’t be immediate, and they may be hard for voters to spot… the Conservatives are raising taxes. Yes, really. They’re promising a 3-per-cent tax on foreign social-media platforms, search engines and online marketplaces, inspired by similar levies in Europe… The Conservatives would also give the Canada Revenue Agency $750-million a year to figure out who isn’t paying as much tax as they should.

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The Affordability Crisis and the 2019 Election

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Canadians have a general feeling of ‘affordability anxiety’ leading into the federal election. For this reason, the Broadbent Institute has created a series of fact sheets that look into three major issues effecting affordability — housing, healthcare and taxes, during the federal election… each fact sheet will include information on a topic as it relates to affordability and the commitments and/or solutions each party has put forward.

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Where is Andrew Scheer going to find $15-billion to pay for all his promises?

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Lopping $15-billion from program expenses takes far more than curbing spending growth. It means cutting the equivalent of about two-thirds of the defence budget, or eliminating two or three mid-size government departments… Mr. Scheer is the candidate who campaigned on fiscal probity, so the last big policy announcement of this campaign will be his explanation of how he would get to a balanced budget.

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