I see that Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Ont.) has recently introduced Bill C-618, the Foreign Lobbying Transparency Act, in the House of Commons. This is timely indeed, considering multi-million dollar efforts by U.S.-based organizations to virtually embargo bitumen in Alberta’s oil sands.
Russ Campbell’s Blog: Gaffe Prone NDP MP Says Tories and Grits Ganging Up on NDP in Ontario Election
The House of Commons will recess for the summer in a couple of weeks, so I guess members are in a sort of silly season.
This might help explain the bizarre accusation made by New Democratic MP Pat Martin regarding allegations that the NDP used taxpayer money for their party’s mailings to voters, and they staffed an NDP office in Montreal with aides who were on the Commons payroll in Ottawa, both of which broke Commons rules. (See earlier post.)
Martin (Winnipeg Centre) reportedly said that the federal Conservatives and the Liberals are “ganging up on the NDP,” implying they are doing so to influence the Ontario general election.
Russ Campbell’s Blog: Ontario Provincial Police Association Exchanges Anti-Hudak Ads for Fat Pay Increases
The Ontario Liberal Party ought to be very pleased to see that the Ontario Provincial Police Association has delivered on its expected quid pro quo.
The police union yesterday launched two attack ads targeting Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. This from representatives of a police force that receives an 8.5% pay raise this year, complements of the ruling Grits.
OPP officers got a 5% increase in 2011, and the new 8.5%increase is a catch-up for the two years Dalton McGuinty froze their wages. Furthermore, the Grits have guaranteed that the OPP will be the highest paid police service in Ontario in 2014.
As the June 12 election inches ever closer, the Liberal campaign seems to have gotten so negative as to be considered, downright nasty. Could it be that this reflects the level of desperation among those at Grit party headquarters?
Much of what I read in the mainstream media these days seems written by Kathleen Wynne surrogates, whose objective seems to be to whitewash her record and drive a wedge between her and the Dalton McGuinty version of her party.
Spin as they try, though, they should not be allowed to succeed. Far from being a backbencher or caucus maverick, Wynne was a senior member of McGuinty’s cabinet and co-chair of the Liberal party’s 2011 general election campaign.
The Toronto Star seldom misses an opportunity to disparage the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, but yesterday’s editorial columnist Haroon Siddiqui goes well beyond the pale by comparing the PC jobs plan with the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre.
This is—even for the Star—a shameful analogy and not worthy of this newspaper or a writer who is a member of the Order of Canada. If this person has a shred of decency, he’ll offer a quick apology for this twisted comparison.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu called Alberta’s oilsands “filth” while speaking at a conference in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday.
The Archbishop, according to media reports, also called for a boycott of fossil fuel companies, and said he stands in solidarity with communities that are opposed to oilsands pipeline projects, such as Keystone XL, Northern Gateway and Energy East.
Contrary to what one might expect, Tutu did not arrive in Canada by sailing ship. Nor did he travel to Alberta by wagon train. Moreover, once he had arrived at Fort McMurray, he was not shepherded around by horse and buggy.
The Ontario Liberal Party has used the Walkerton (tainted water) Tragedy to demonize former premier Mike Harris and, by extension, current PC leader Tim Hudak.
A good case in point is when Kathleen Wynne recently implied that Tim Hudak would cut the public sector workforce so deeply he would cause deaths in rural Ontario à la the 2000 Walkerton tragedy.
Now Wynne has her own tragedy for which she must account.
On May 31, 2013, two Ornge air ambulance pilots and two paramedics were killed in a helicopter crash near an airport in Moosonee. A court document obtained a day or two ago by CBC News alleges that several breaches of the Canada Labour Code contributed to the tragedy.
Eefforts by federal New Democrats to explain and rationalize their scheme to use taxpayer money to fund party operations in Quebec, Toronto and Saskatchewan seem to be failing.
The Dippers—as most readers know by now—have set up a satellite office in Montreal that allegedly violates parliamentary spending rules. The office housed both party workers and government-paid workers who are supposed to work exclusively on non-partisan constituency work. Furthermore, the Montreal office was signed as an NDP office with its party logo, according to reliable media reports from multiple sources.
Moreover, NDP MPs allegedly used their free mailing privileges to distribute partisan messages in four ridings just before by-elections were called. A very definite no-no.
When faced with questions about these practices, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and other New Democrats, have maintained the Speaker approved their schemes.
The Huffington Post reported, for example, that Mr. Mulcair said the following about the bulk mailings, “We checked and double-checked with the Speaker before going that route.” That reportedly was said in March. And in April, deputy leader Megan Leslie reportedly said, “We got approval from the Speaker,” when commenting about the satellite offices.
Now The Canadian Press is reporting that the Speaker of the House of Commons has contradicted these NDP claims.
Tim Hudak says, if elected, his Progressive Conservative government would create one million net new jobs over eight years. Hudak also promises he’d cut 100,000 jobs from the public sector.
This pledge has launched a furious debate over the chances that the PCs could actually create that many new jobs, and the damage critics claim will be done to government services if 100,000 public sector jobs were cut.
Both the Grits and the Dippers are slamming the cuts to public sector jobs, of course, since both parties are heavily supported by public sector unions that supply them with funding, third-party advertising and campaign volunteers. No surprise there.
Hudak’s promise to eliminate 100,000 jobs in the broader civil service would represent about 10 per cent of that sector’s jobs and would leave us with about the same number of public sector workers as we had in 2009.
The New Democratic Party of Ontario seems intent on remaking itself or, at least, is trying to convince the province’s voters that it has transformed into Liberal-lite. Recent evidence of this is the NDP’s latest election platform that leader Andrea Horwath unveiled Thursday.
Horwath promised Ontarians “a better government,” one that she said “respects their tax dollars.” Then she went on to announce a platform that could just as well have been prepared for a Liberal party campaign. In fact, the NDP platform resembles the Liberal budget she rejected, begging the question, why we are even having an election if Kathleen Wynne was doing much the same as Horwath would have done had she been premier.