How Ontario squandered a debt-free future

How did the province stray so far off course?

How Ontario squandered a debt-free futureThe numbers are a bit shocking: if successive Ontario governments had been just a little prudent with money, the province’s massive debt would be exactly zero. Instead, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a few weeks ago that Ontario’s government debt now exceeds $400 billion. Rather than being the envy of other provinces, Ontario today is…

When it comes to cutting taxes, Ford is the emperor that has no clothes

It’s time for Ford to do the job he was sent to Queen’s Park to do

When it comes to cutting taxes, Ford is the emperor that has no clothesWhen Ontario Premier Doug Ford was running for office, he promised to deliver tax relief for Ontario families and businesses. “We have a very simple theory,” said Ford during the 2018 provincial election campaign. “Put money back into the taxpayers’ pocket instead of the government’s pocket, because we believe that the taxpayers are a lot…

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending binge

Ontario’s politicians have to stop spending like drunken sailors

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending bingeOntario Premier Doug Ford needs to end the province’s 15-year-long spending bonanza. Ford continues to rule out spending cuts to help balance the budget, but he shouldn’t. To contextualize Ontario’s history of reckless spending, take yourself back to 2007. The first-ever iPhone was just released. U.S. President George W. Bush in the White House. And…

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promises

Ford outspent former premier Kathleen Wynne even before COVID-19 hit the province

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promisesThe clock is ticking on Ontario Premier Doug Ford. He promised Ontarians “the party is over with taxpayers’ money.” Now he needs to keep his promise to get spending under control before time runs out and the next election starts. While some may argue that Ford has not had a chance to fix the province’s…

Trudeau government needs to usher in a censorship reset

The government needs to rethink its heavy-handed approach to internet regulation

Trudeau government needs to usher in a censorship resetRarely, in the history of Confederation, have so many, from so many points on the political spectrum, been so unified in opposition to one specific policy. Before the last election, the Trudeau government’s proposed internet regulations provoked opposition from journalists, academics, civil liberties groups, women’s advocacy organizations, librarians, privacy experts, research think tanks, concerned citizens…

Ontario throne speech a short-sighted vision statement

To rule out cutting spending anywhere is a major disservice to Ontario taxpayers

Ontario throne speech a short-sighted vision statementIt’s odd to use a throne speech to outline the government’s lack of vision. While the recent throne speech predictably focused on COVID-19, the only significant non-pandemic promise was a pledge to balance the budget relying solely on economic growth, with no spending cuts or tax increases. In other words: the Ontario government has no…

It’s time to restore business confidence in Ontario

The largest province in the nation should not have the most anemic economic growth rate

It’s time to restore business confidence in OntarioGood things used to grow in Ontario when we were the economic engine, but now we are nine spots behind the pace car. A new report released by the Fraser Institute shows that, over the past 20 years, Ontario has suffered from a lack of money being injected into businesses, and that has stalled our…

Ford can learn from O’Toole shortcomings

Lesson No. 1: Don't crumble in the face of focus-group gurus

Ford can learn from O’Toole shortcomingsThe Conservative Party’s defeat in the recent federal election offers important lessons for Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole chose to abandon core principles to try to win an election. Long-standing stances on carbon taxes, balanced budgets and broad-based tax relief crumbled in the face of focus-group gurus. Politicians have been trying to…

Politicians are long on promises but short on delivery

None of the major parties have a realistic plan to get the nation’s finances in order

Politicians are long on promises but short on deliveryPoliticians have made promises that will cost tens of billions of dollars during this election. But when it comes time to open their wallets to pay the tab, these party leaders are running to hide in the bathroom while taxpayers cover the bill. Politicians and taxpayers both need to understand a simple truth: there is…

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year high

Without taxes, the price of gas per litre today would be sitting at 92 cents

Ontario gas prices hit seven-year highHardworking taxpayers are facing record-high gas prices, and politicians are the culprits driving up the bills. In Ontario, up to 38 per cent of the price of gas that we are charged at the pumps comes from taxes, according to a report released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. And that percentage is only set to…
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