Throwing government money at all the wrong things

The Ontario government continually makes corporate welfare payments that fly in the face of social policy

Throwing government money at all the wrong thingsThe Ontario government’s public accounts should be a source of despair to any taxpayer. They provide the latest reminder that politicians are addicted to spending other people’s money and will spend it on just about anything. That a government program is without public demand or is unsupported by sound economic reasoning doesn’t deter governments from…

Big health-care change takes big courage

The status quo is no longer good enough to deliver equitable access to high quality care in a cost-efficient manner

Big health-care change takes big courageBy Karen Palmer and Noah Ivers Women’s College Hospital If there’s one thing provincial governments across Canada can agree on, it’s that the status quo in health care is no longer good enough to deliver equitable access to high quality care in a cost-efficient manner. Ontario’s Ministry of Health under the previous government led the…

Will Salim Mansur’s political alliance with Maxime Bernier matter?

The outspoken academic might have had a chance running for the Conservatives. When they dropped him and he joined the PPC, his chances diminished significantly

Will Salim Mansur’s political alliance with Maxime Bernier matter?Like most Canadian conservatives, I’ve made no secret about my serious reservations about Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada. But many of us also recognize that the PPC, like other new political parties, will experience its fair share of hardships and growing pains. Bernier deserves credit for picking up one very good candidate…

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care funding

It will make care more affordable, recognize that parents have a right to choose and be relatively cost-effective

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care fundingThe tug of war over child-care funding in Canada is entering a new chapter, thanks largely to Ontario’s latest provincial budget. The province announced new tax rebates for child-care costs – almost irrespective of the type of care chosen. While the policy may not be perfect, its implementation will signify an important shift in the…

Why the Ontario PCs need to bring back Randy Hillier

Differences of opinion are healthy in a democratic society. This is especially true for political parties

Why the Ontario PCs need to bring back Randy HillierShould the Ontario Progressive Conservatives have kicked out Randy Hillier? It’s a question that’s been asked since the longtime MPP was unceremoniously dumped from the caucus on March 15. Hillier’s lively appearance on TVO’s The Agenda with host Steve Paikin last week put the wheels back in motion. For me, the answer was obvious from…

Ontarians pay too much for auto insurance

Blame fraud for part of the problem. Blame the insurance industry as well. But the government can help consumers

Ontarians pay too much for auto insurancePremier Doug Ford’s government recently announced its intention to tackle the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry. The move is critically important to Ontario’s economy. I’ve written before about why the Progressive Conservatives should focus on insurance policy. Ontarians pay the highest rates in Canada, despite the roads being among the safest in the world. The Ministry…

What Ontario should cut to balance its budget

It’s time to end business subsidies, further cut post-secondary spending and freeze government workers’ wages

What Ontario should cut to balance its budgetThe Ontario government’s budget deficit of $15 billion this year will rise even higher next year unless swift corrective action is taken. With the province’s net debt already at $325 billion, eliminating the deficit should be a priority – especially since this enormous deficit is being incurred outside of a recession. Given that Premier Doug…

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leaders

Jason Kenney and Doug Ford don't have great approval ratings. But voters seem to favour their parties in Alberta and Ontario

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leadersAn intriguing phenomenon is beginning to occur in our nation’s politics. Some Canadians seemed to be pleased with the policies of Conservative parties and are willing to vote for them – in spite of some apprehension toward certain party leaders. Here are two recent examples. A Mainstreet Research poll released on Jan. 22 revealed that…

Ontario takes the initiative tackling terrorists

A simple – and seemingly obvious – provincial decision that should have been made by the Trudeau government long ago

Ontario takes the initiative tackling terroristsSome public policy initiatives are difficult for governments to make. They take a certain amount of time, effort, research, discussion, co-ordination, and wheeling and dealing before finally being implemented. And some public policy initiatives should be remarkably easy for governments to make and implement. Yet there are examples where simple political decisions take on a…

Turning away from a valuable social experiment

The abrupt cancellation of Ontario's basic income project has broad impact on international research, as well as devastating participants

Turning away from a valuable social experimentI recently participated in a panel in Finland with representatives of basic income experiments from Finland, the Netherlands, India and Scotland. My report on the cancellation of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot project was received with stunned disbelief. On July 31, three months after enrolment was complete and before the first annual follow-up survey could be…
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