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Chalk one up for David Miller

For those who care about such matters, Toronto City Council is set to vote on Mayor David Miller’s controversial new tax initiatives, or as the mayor likes to call them “revenue generating tools”, today.  While most of Toronto’s punditocracy are hedging their bets by claiming the vote is too close to call, you can take this to the bank: the new taxes will be in effect at the end of tonight’s council meeting.

By Klaus Rohrich - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Beyond statism and sustainability

Stephane Dion likes to characterize himself as a man of integrity and intellectual rigour. But the Liberal Party he leads is certainly not characterized by these traits. And we are not writing here of AdScam.

By Beryl Wajsman - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Why would Gore want to be president

It has long been said that the United States is indeed a land of opportunity where anyone can grow up to be president. And when the country was within three years of its 200th anniversary, Gerald Ford came along and proved it. In the smallest landslide in history where he won no votes and carried no states, Gerald Ford was sworn in as the president of the United States. The fact that anyone “can” become president does not necessarily mean that everyone “wants” to be president.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Fledgling Political Party Steps Into Ottawa - NL Dispute

There has been a new turn of events in the ongoing dispute between Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Council Chooses Free Golf Over Spending Control

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a waste and perks report card for Toronto city councilors revealing that two-thirds of council get a failing grade including the mayor and the budget chief.


By Kevin Gaudet - Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - Full Story

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