Ford needs to end the debt and inflation cycle

Ford needs to end the debt and inflation cycleIf there ever was a time for politicians to stop digging, it’s now It turns out endless spending does come with a hangover: soaring interest rates. Ontario’s finances have been awash in red ink since Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Junior was in diapers. Former premier Dalton McGuinty took over Queen’s Park and started Ontario’s debt…

In the new year, Ontario Premier Ford should resolve to …

In the new year, Ontario Premier Ford should resolve to …Cut the HST, keep the budget balanced and end corporate welfare As Ontario Premier Doug Ford prepares to make his signature cherry cheesecake for the holidays, it’s time for him to make some public policy resolutions for the new year. To ring in 2023, Ford should commit to cutting the sales tax, keeping the budget…

Ford right to battle for government employee wage restraint

Ford right to battle for government employee wage restraintGovernment employee wages out of control Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the province’s unions are in a boxing match, with the best interests of taxpayers hanging in the balance. Ford has spent the last few years in court defending Bill 124, which was introduced to limit the growth of the wages of government employees for…

Ford should be bold and cut the sales tax to counter inflation

Ford should be bold and cut the sales tax to counter inflationSales taxes make the inflation fire worse It’s time for Premier Doug Ford to be bold. The cost of living is soaring for Ontario families. To deliver relief to every Ontarian across the province, Ford should cut the provincial sales tax. Ford owes Ontarians relief. He promised to cut income taxes for the middle class…

Ontario balances its budget for the first time in 14 years

So why doesn't Ford want you to know about it?

Ontario balances its budget for the first time in 14 yearsWell, I was wrong when I projected it would take Premier Doug Ford two years to balance the budget. It’s already balanced. But here’s the funny thing: he doesn’t want you to know about it. My two-year timeframe, which seemed optimistic just a few months ago, was based on a report released by Ontario’s Financial…

Ford balloons Ontario’s politician payroll

The largest roster of overpaid politicians in the province’s history

Ford balloons Ontario’s politician payrollHas your life become 63 per cent more complicated than it was four years ago? According to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, his life sure has. Late last month, Ford announced his picks for his new cabinet and parliamentary secretaries as he embarks on his second term as premier. Ford announced the largest roster of overpaid…

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dime

It’s time for taxpayers to get out of the political party welfare business

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dimeOntarians should listen for a giant sucking sound from Queen’s Park. Now that the election is over and MPPs know that they don’t have to directly answer to voters for another four years, you can bet that Ontario’s political parties will team up once again to funnel even more money from taxpayers’ wallets into party…

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second term

His fiscal record is no better than that of the Liberal government he replaced

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second termOntario Premier Doug Ford is surely celebrating his decisive re-election victory. But Ford should not be complacent. He was re-elected despite his record, not because of it. It’s worth remembering former premier Kathleen Wynne won re-election in 2014. She wrongly took her re-election as a go-ahead from voters to pursue her spend-happy agenda. But four…

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an egg

No concrete plan to balance the books and no tax relief for middle-class families

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an eggThere’s one bright spot in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s budget. He announced plans to cut taxes for low-income Ontarians, saving over one million taxpayers up to $850 next year. This will serve as much-needed relief for taxpayers who badly need it in the wake of record-high inflation and soaring living costs. But that’s where the…

As Ford dithers, Ontarians suffer

Inflation rates haven’t been this high since Seinfeld first debuted on television

As Ford dithers, Ontarians sufferWould your family be better off with an extra $2,000 in your bank account this year? As Canada continues to face its highest inflation rates in over 30 years, not a single Ontarian would answer no. If Ontario Premier Doug Ford had kept his promises from the election platform he ran on four years ago,…
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