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Panicking Liberals play the anti-American card

The federal Liberals are certainly not looking forward to this evening’s Speech from the Throne. Certainty is rare in politics; why we haven’t seen it in well over a week when it became apparent that John Tory was not going to be the next premier of Ontario. But it is pretty well assured that the Liberals are not looking forward to the resumption of Parliament that begins with Governor General Michaelle Jean delivering the Throne Speech.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Newfoundland & Labrador, De-Confederation

In what might be termed as a twist of fate, a quirk of history, or perhaps more accurately, as a major political shift, the two most popular leaders in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador appeared on the scene nearly six decades apart and represent completely opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Myles Higgins - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Pennies from heaven, but not from Stephen

Toronto Mayor David Miller has not given up in his quest for the federal government to hand over one cent of the GST that is collected within the city. Miller’s insistence upon receiving the cash is consistent with what is defined as his mayoralty—a constant begging for money from other levels of government while refusing to consider slashing the city’s expenditures.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Harper’s Big Election Gamble

With Wednesday’s announcement of a compromise deal over the Atlantic Accord, Stephen Harper sent another clear signal he plans to force an election in the coming weeks. The question is whether the gamble to shore up support in Atlantic Canada will actually help him or cost him in the long run.

By Myles Higgins - Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Full Story

Harper Cons N.S. into New Accord Deal

Stephen Harper announced today that he has reach deal with Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald over offshore revenues. In doing so he claims to have successfully ended an ongoing dispute by guaranteeing the province it will not lose revenue from its Atlantic Accord contract due to changes in the equalization formula brought into effect in the last federal budget.

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, October 11, 2007 - Full Story

Tory the TINO has to go

It is often said that people get the government that they deserve. And no one deserves another four years of a Dalton McGuinty majority government more than those small “c” conservatives and members of the Progressive Ontario Party of Ontario who “held their noses” and supported the Tories. The results of last night’s election is further proof of the theory that I have always held - that there is something wrong with a society that makes it a criminal offence to drive with 90 milligrams of alcohol per every 100 millilitres of blood but it is perfectly legal to get dead drunk and vote for a party leader who can potentially become the prime minister of Canada or a provincial premier.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, October 11, 2007 - Full Story

How to fix our democracy

Over the years our democracy has fallen into stagnation due to politicians who make a career out of being in office and bureaucrats that fail to be held responsible for what happens to the money with which they are entrusted by taxpayers.  In fact, The Government has become a force unto itself, some omnipresent and omnipotent entity to which the citizens pay homage.

By Klaus Rohrich - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - Full Story

Tidal Wave Rolls Over Newfoundland and Labrador

It may not have been a tsunami, but the big blue wave that swept over Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday will certainly be felt for years to come.

By Myles Higgins - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - Full Story

If you want real democracy…

There’s a drive on currently to change the electoral system in Ontario to make it “fairer and more democratic.”  The current system, called First-Past-The-Post (FPP) is deemed undemocratic and unfair because under it a party can win the majority of parliamentary seats without necessarily having a majority of votes.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - Full Story

The Dangers Of Canada’s Multiculti Kool Aid Bender

Attempting to pass a liberal opponent by veering over to the far-left side of the political spectrum is what we conservative strategists technically call “electoral suicide”.  But obviously that doesn’t stop some people—like Ontario Conservative leader, John Tory, currently running for the Canadian province’s top job in this week’s elections.  Sounds like someone took a few too many swigs of the multiculti Kool Aid—even managing to drink the Liberal incumbent under the table, which is quite the feat.

By Guest Column Rachel Marsden- Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - Full Story

Ontario: another step towards a police state

First it was Caledonia. The OPP decided which Canadian and Ontario laws that they would enforce. After the Douglas Creek Estates were illegally “occupied” by aboriginals, the police did nothing to enforce the law. The OPP were accused of standing around and doing nothing while people, mainly the innocent residents of the town, became the victims of criminal acts.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - Full Story

Left wing Hampton blasts left wing media for being, er, left wing

Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton let the media have it last week for ignoring issues that he and the NDP (and no doubt a lot of Ontarians) care about. Hampton opened up on the fourth estate while being questioned by reporters during a campaign stop in Hamilton during the final week of the campaign.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, October 8, 2007 - Full Story

The central reasons why we are opposed to MMP

By Peter Woolstencroft

Ontarians on October 10th will make an important choice between the existing first-past-the post (FPTP) electoral system and the proposed replacement, MMP (mixed -member proportional). It has been said that FPTP has problems. We are   democratic reformers, but the proposed system is more flawed and will create even more problems.

By News on the Net - Sunday, October 7, 2007 - Full Story

Conservative Smoke and Mirrors

Does Stephen Harper really think he has anyone fooled?

No matter what he might say about wanting to govern under his current mandate the Conservatives are in clearly in election mode and Harper himself is practically salivating at the idea of going to the polls.

By Myles Higgins - Friday, October 5, 2007 - Full Story

Defending the Defender

Though Defence Minister Peter McKay is denying the rumors, federal Conservative insiders have leaked information to the media that Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, will be replaced as Canada’s top military commander when his current three-year term expires in February.

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, October 4, 2007 - Full Story

A demographic disaster in the making

It appears the Government of Canada has finally discovered the fact that the population is aging, something those of us in the private sector have known for well over 20 years.  What few seem to have considered is the impact that an aging population will have on the nation’s economy.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, October 4, 2007 - Full Story

Another reason to abolish hate crimes

Several incidents occurred north of Toronto recently that point out the absurdity of current hate crimes legislation; being enacted not as a measure to deter or punish crime but simply to make proponents feel better about themselves.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - Full Story

American justice doesn’t look so great any more

I believe one of the greatest documents ever written is the Constitution of the United States along with its first ten amendments, which are known as The Bill of Rights.  That document spells out in no uncertain terms what the citizens’ rights are and they include such biggies as the right to free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, the right to own property, protection against unlawful search and seizure, etc.  However, with a proactive judiciary and even more proactive prosecutors, these rights are slowly disappearing from view, as judges that are overly sympathetic to government and its prosecutorial powers are reinterpreting the Bill of Rights.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - Full Story

Forget “Make Work” - Try “Take Work”

I know I’ll probably get some nasty feedback over this little brain fart of mine but what the hell. Besides, there are two things I really hate:

By Myles Higgins - Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Full Story

John Tory’s finally gotten my attention

So far the Ontario election campaign has been fairly blas

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - Full Story