Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacare

Free prescription drugs skew people away from healthy lifestyles and spread the financial burden to taxpayers who don’t qualify for the drug plans

Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacareOntario taxpayers receive nothing but bad news from their politicians on drugs. In April 2017, both the Liberal government and the opposition NDP proposed expensive drug plans. The one proposed by Liberals took effect on Jan. 1, to the detriment of the public purse. It isn’t a prescription for affordable public health, it’s a prescription…

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to win

The Ontario PCs have a legitimate chance to form the next provincial government, despite Patrick Brown's distracting presence in the leadership race

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to winThe Patrick Clown Show continues to be the biggest political story in Canada – but the biggest provincial conservative party, the Ontario PCs, are still competitive. How come? The papers are brimming with stories about Patrick Brown. For instance: on Wednesday morning of last week, out of 13 provincial-politics-related clippings landing on staffers’ desks at…

Patrick Brown roller-coaster comes to a screeching halt

The Ontario PC once and would-be leader finally pulls the plug on his aspirations after a wildly unpredictable ride

Patrick Brown roller-coaster comes to a screeching haltIs he in? Is he out? Welcome to another roller-coaster ride in the Ontario PC Party, courtesy of former leader turned leadership candidate Patrick Brown. Or, as some of us like to call it, “Monday.” After several polls indicated Brown was either ahead or slightly behind in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, news broke that…

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industry

A 32 per cent increase in the minimum wage in 12 months is simply irresponsible

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industryThis is turning into a very challenging year for the Canadian food industry. Recent Statistics Canada numbers indicate that grocers are in trouble. Food inflation is above two per cent for the first time since April 2016. This is typically good news for grocers, increasing their margins. But given major headwinds affecting the industry, grocers…

Political dynasties: destiny fulfilled or disaster in waiting?

Without her surname, there’s no way Caroline Mulroney would be considered a serious Ontario PC leadership candidate at this point in her career

Political dynasties: destiny fulfilled or disaster in waiting?Political dynasties make me uneasy. Oh, I know reasonable arguments can be made for them. And I’m not saying this unease would determine my vote. Still, the reservation lingers. The subject came to mind when Caroline Mulroney announced her candidacy for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. A political neophyte who’s never held elected office,…

Digging into mining investment growth

Mining investors will flock to jurisdictions that have attractive policies, and capital will follow, along with the ancillary benefits of jobs and tax revenue

Digging into mining investment growthBy Kenneth Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Ontario has received some good news from mining investors. Those investors now see the province as one of the top 10 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. Every year, the institute surveys miners around the…

Salvaging the Ontario PC wreckage

Five clear policy ideas that will resonate with the province’s voters and make a party leadership candidate stand out

Salvaging the Ontario PC wreckageIt's difficult to keep up with the implosion that has become the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Four new leadership contenders showed how confused they are about their party's People's Guarantee policy document – which promises all sorts of expensive goodies paid for by a carbon tax these contenders reject – during their first televised debate.…

The wild Ontario PC roller-coaster ride

Weeks of highs, lows, scandals, ejections, lawsuits and backstabbing from every direction. Other than rape, murder and/or pillaging, what’s left?

The wild Ontario PC roller-coaster rideI often said I’d run for public office before turning 30. I’ve come close to declaring my intentions as a federal, provincial and municipal candidate. Yet, after observing the Ontario PC party tsunami, I don’t even slightly regret being 17 years late in fulfilling this commitment. In fact, I fully intend to add a few…

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politics

Former Ontario MPP Chris Stockwell, who died at age 60 after a battle with cancer, was a political maverick who loved to speak his mind

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politicsWhenever I go to the Ontario legislature, I make a point of stopping at Chris Stockwell’s official portrait. It always brings a smile to my face when I see it. For all the people who’ve served as Speaker of the legislative assembly of Ontario, he was the most unconventional and remarkable choice by a long…

Can Doug Ford win the Ontario PC race? Damn right he can

The former Toronto city councillor has shed his bombastic ways, is reaching out and stepping carefully. It could all add up to an Ontario PC leadership win

Can Doug Ford win the Ontario PC race? Damn right he canWhen I quit the Olivia Chow Toronto mayoral campaign in 2014 – because she’d not told the truth to the media, among other things – guess who was the first person to call me? Doug Ford. “Warren, old buddy,” said Doug Ford, brother of former Toronto mayor, the late Rob Ford. “We’ve had our differences…