Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dime

It’s time for taxpayers to get out of the political party welfare business

Ontario politicians plotting to double dip on the taxpayer dimeOntarians should listen for a giant sucking sound from Queen’s Park. Now that the election is over and MPPs know that they don’t have to directly answer to voters for another four years, you can bet that Ontario’s political parties will team up once again to funnel even more money from taxpayers’ wallets into party…

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second term

His fiscal record is no better than that of the Liberal government he replaced

Why Ford needs a reset despite winning a second termOntario Premier Doug Ford is surely celebrating his decisive re-election victory. But Ford should not be complacent. He was re-elected despite his record, not because of it. It’s worth remembering former premier Kathleen Wynne won re-election in 2014. She wrongly took her re-election as a go-ahead from voters to pursue her spend-happy agenda. But four…

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an egg

No concrete plan to balance the books and no tax relief for middle-class families

On fiscal prudence and tax relief, Ford lays an eggThere’s one bright spot in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s budget. He announced plans to cut taxes for low-income Ontarians, saving over one million taxpayers up to $850 next year. This will serve as much-needed relief for taxpayers who badly need it in the wake of record-high inflation and soaring living costs. But that’s where the…

As Ford dithers, Ontarians suffer

Inflation rates haven’t been this high since Seinfeld first debuted on television

As Ford dithers, Ontarians sufferWould your family be better off with an extra $2,000 in your bank account this year? As Canada continues to face its highest inflation rates in over 30 years, not a single Ontarian would answer no. If Ontario Premier Doug Ford had kept his promises from the election platform he ran on four years ago,…

On tax cuts, Ford should go all in

If Ford is tempted to embark on a spending spree this spring, he should think twice

On tax cuts, Ford should go all inAfter 15 years of governments pursuing high spending, run-away deficits, and no meaningful tax relief, it’s time for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to think big. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will present the Ford government’s pre-election budget next month, which gives his team a chance to set the spending tone as the province heads to a…

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two Ontarios

A slap in the face to hardworking taxpayers across the province

Pandemic pay hikes for government employees a tale of two OntariosOntario has been experiencing a tale of two pandemics. One is a fairy tale for bureaucrats, and the other is a grim story for the rest of us. Bureaucrats working for the province and its major cities have been getting raises, while average Ontarians saw hour reductions, pay cuts, lost jobs, and shuttered small businesses.…

The feds need to end their lockdown subsidies

Since COVID-19 touched down, Ottawa has dished out $511 billion!

The feds need to end their lockdown subsidiesWhen governments subsidize something, you can expect more of it. With the federal government covering the cost of keeping workers and businesses afloat during provincial lockdowns, it’s no surprise that provincial politicians are biased toward new restrictions. Since COVID-19 touched down, Ottawa has dished out $511 billion through direct subsidies, tax deferrals and low-interest loans.…

Responding to the pandemic doesn’t have to mean a mountain of debt

The contrast between how New Brunswick and Ontario handled the pandemic is stark

Responding to the pandemic doesn’t have to mean a mountain of debtAs Ontario Premier Doug Ford continues to drive the province speeding toward the edge of a gigantic debt cliff, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is showing taxpayers that governments can tap the brakes on spending while still dealing with a pandemic. The contrast between the two premiers is stark. As Ford adds tens of billions…

Ontario taxpayers tired of waiting for Ford to deliver

It’s time for Ford to lay out a plan to balance the provincial budget

Ontario taxpayers tired of waiting for Ford to deliverIn case Premier Doug Ford is one of those last-minute holiday shoppers who doesn’t like the mall, Ontario taxpayers have some stocking stuffer ideas the Ontario government needs to deliver. The best gift ideas are presents that Ford should be very familiar with since they were in his party’s 2018 election platform. After years of…

How Ontario squandered a debt-free future

How did the province stray so far off course?

How Ontario squandered a debt-free futureThe numbers are a bit shocking: if successive Ontario governments had been just a little prudent with money, the province’s massive debt would be exactly zero. Instead, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced a few weeks ago that Ontario’s government debt now exceeds $400 billion. Rather than being the envy of other provinces, Ontario today is…

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending binge

Ontario’s politicians have to stop spending like drunken sailors

Ontario reckons with a 15-year spending bingeOntario Premier Doug Ford needs to end the province’s 15-year-long spending bonanza. Ford continues to rule out spending cuts to help balance the budget, but he shouldn’t. To contextualize Ontario’s history of reckless spending, take yourself back to 2007. The first-ever iPhone was just released. U.S. President George W. Bush in the White House. And…

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promises

Ford outspent former premier Kathleen Wynne even before COVID-19 hit the province

Doug Ford running out of time to keep his promisesThe clock is ticking on Ontario Premier Doug Ford. He promised Ontarians “the party is over with taxpayers’ money.” Now he needs to keep his promise to get spending under control before time runs out and the next election starts. While some may argue that Ford has not had a chance to fix the province’s…

Ontario’s bloated cabinet is the elephant in the room

His commitment to a smaller cabinet was short-lived

Ontario’s bloated cabinet is the elephant in the roomWhile there was much palace intrigue when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his cabinet shuffle last month, there was one elephant in the room that was not discussed: the cabinet’s size. Before Ford was sworn into office in 2018, he promised to slim down the size of the province’s cabinet, which had ballooned dramatically under…

Time for Ontario to tackle university employee compensation

Ontario’s college and university employees have been busy cashing in on massive pay hikes during the pandemic

Time for Ontario to tackle university employee compensationWhile Ontario’s college and university employees have been busy cashing in on massive pay hikes during the pandemic, taxpayers and tuition-paying students have been barely getting by. The newly minted minister responsible for universities and colleges, Jill Dunlop, now has a full knapsack of homework to do on this expensive file. With a $33-billion deficit,…

With a little willpower, Ford can fix Ontario’s finances

Targeting the education budget and bureaucracy would equal real progress on the deficit

With a little willpower, Ford can fix Ontario’s financesThanks to the reckless policies of former premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, when Ontario Premier Doug Ford was elected three years ago the province was well on its way to being driven into a fiscal wall. Ford promised Ontario voters that he would hit the breaks. Unfortunately, it seems like he hasn’t been able…