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Disappointing environmental decision from the Ontario Government – again.

I’ve not been an Ontario Liberal Party member in over a year – one of the main reasons I let it lapse are listed here, where I expressed a lot of frustration that Dalton Mcguinty was in essence “pulling a Harper” and using an omnibus bill which contained weakened environmental laws.

I had hoped with the advent of Premier Wynne, things might get a bit more progressive on that front, but she and her government has again failed to (in my opinion) protect the environment, and is in fact carrying on with what was my original beef a year ago:

The new rules made by cabinet give resource industries numerous [...]

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One less provincial vote for Senate abolition

Premier Kathleen Wynne is taking the opposite position of what Dalton Mcguinty advocated: instead of abolition, she is for reform of the Senate:

Kathleen Wynne, says she sees real value in having a chamber of sober, second thought and would like to see it reformed. Wynne says the discussions of just how to reform the Senate is something she would like to have with the other provincial premiers.

It is a big blow to those who wish to kill the Senate – regardless of whether it takes 7 provinces with 50 % of the population, or unanimous consent (that issue has been referred to the Supreme Court by Harper, as [...]

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Could be just me…

….but Tim Hudak seems like an angry guy these days. The modus operandi of the Ontario PC leader seems to be to “attack” everyone and everything these days as a way to try to get himself elected – an angrier version of ex-Premier Mike Harris, if you will.

Polls seem to indicate (though I’d like to see more then one pollster saying this) that Ontario voters so far like Premier Wynne’s style, and are willing to give her a chance – not angry Tim, though. He wants to go now!

There is only so much of a base for anger. Come off too angry, and a plurality of voters [...]

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My brief take on the Ontario Throne Speech

Briefly – Wynne and the Liberals sounded conciliatory, the NDP said it would support the Throne Spech and subsequent budget, provided the Liberals give them some goodies, and Tim Hudak and the Conservatives instantly marginalized themselves by already declaring they’re voting against anything the Liberals may bring forward, without any hint of trying to work at getting some compromises for their policy positions (did I mention I think Hudak’s proposal on student loans is a stupid one? No votes for him from students/parents on that policy, I don’t think).

As for Wynne and the Liberals, they would do well to read and take Thomas Walkom’s advice on how they can [...]

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Lets review what Kathleen Wynne answered to my five questions (and the blogger conference call)

Now that Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario (or about to be made formally), I think now might be a good time to review what she said in response to the 5 questions I sent her and some of the other candidates, and see where she might go:

The first question was why the OLP should pick her to be Premier. Her answer was that she had experience bringing people together, building partnerships, and that leadership depended on building a team. We’re going to see part of that over the next couple of weeks when she decides who to put in Cabinet, as well as the fractures she faces [...]

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Double history is made with Wynne winning #olpldr

5 years ago, the Democratic Party made history by picking an African-American as their Presidential nominee, and the American people made history by electing him their first African-American president. It is no hyperbole to say that tonight, Ontario Liberals made their own bit of history by a) choosing a woman Premier, and b) choosing an openly gay woman as Premier.

It will only be historic in the same vein as Barack Obama if the people of Ontario elect her back to the Premiership when the next election comes up. That will not be easy; I feel the hard part is not what Wynne’s sexual orientation will be viewed [...]

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Blogging conference call with Kathleen Wynne – Ontario Liberal Leadership hopeful.

In the last week, Kathleen Wynne’s campaign team sent out inquiries to several Liberal bloggers (up to 15 I believe) asking us if we’d like to participate in a Liberal blogger conference call with them, to ask questions of Ms. Wynne and to hear some of her pitches (that wins her a gold star from me that she and her campaign came to us bloggers to ask us if we’d like to participate/ask her questions).

In the end, several of us were on the call. She briefly went over her press release of her proposals for Ontario Liberal Party renewal (we all got the PDF for it; I’ll post it [...]

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Kathleen Wynne’s responses to my questions

Kathleen Wynne and her team have sent in their responses to my questions for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership, and again, I will re-post them verbatim (and just a note: I’m not going to be passing along any commentary on any of these until I receive all of them – or all that I get. I’ll leave the commentary to you folks and then perhaps sum up my thoughts once they are all in and I get a chance to compare them). I thank Ms. Wynne for sending these in.

There are many candidates running to be the Ontario Liberal Party leader. What do you feel makes you best qualified [...]

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Scorecard Update on Ontario Liberal Party candidates answering questions.

So I’ve had four people from four different campaigns ask me to send out the little questionnaire I’ve prepared to their candidate who is running in the Ontario Liberal Party race: that would be Sandra Pupatello’s campaign, Gerard Kennedy’s, Charles Sousa, and Kathleen Wynne. I’ve not yet heard back from Eric Hoskin’s campaign, or Glen Murray’s (some of that due to the fact I’m not yet aware who is running the latter two’s social media/P.R campaign, else I’d have fired off an email myself).

They’re all at various stages of planning and such, so I was told in some cases it may be a week or 2 or perhaps a [...]

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