Thursday, April 21, 2011

Has Premier Dalton McGuinty Been "Asleep At The Wheel" for 8 Years?

In what must be the absolute worst year for Ontario Liberal Premier, Dalton McGuinty, Premier "Deadbeat" Dad is doing everything he can to try and appear -again- like he actually cares about Ontarians, and he's out there fighting the good fight on our behalf.  He's hoping that Ontarians will conveniently forget that he's done absolutely nothing to help us over his entire 8 years as our Premier, except raise our taxes, fees, and pretty much the cost of everything we need in order to survive, and he's back to his old tricks going to the press and shamefully making statements and gestures that are intended to have Ontarians believe that he is still working in our best interest.

McGuinty's latest sad attempts to show that he's looking out for Ontarians involve the Canadian Federal Election. I still remember years back when McGuinty was riding on the mantra of a "$23 Billion gap" between what Ontarians give the Feds, and what we get in return (see Remarks By Dalton McGuinty, Premier Of Ontario On Meeting With The Prime Minister)... He impassioned Ontarians with the resonating cold facts that we are a crutch for this country, and yet we get minimal support back. He said it was time to fight for Ontario and to get our fair share, and he was the leader to make it happen. Yet, here we are, years later, still no better off than when we elected and reelected him... McGuinty's latest cries to the Feds are of the same tune, just with different lyrics. Back then it was the "$23 Billion gap", this year it's "40% of the Federal Government's money comes from Ontario" (see: Toronto Star: McGuinty demands energy fairness for Ontario from Ottawa). Again, same tune, just different lyrics...

So to me, I question what he's done to narrow this gap over his 8 years in office?  It's one thing to question it and raise it as an election issue, but it's another thing to actually follow through on your promises and do something about it.  Unfortunately with Dalton McGuinty, this is a common theme.  He barks about something that is unfair during the Election, but once he's in office, he does nothing about it.  Then here we are, years later at the next Election, and guess what, that topic comes right up yet again from McGuinty...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Federal Debate #1: Harper Impressed; Duceppe an Embarrassing Clown...

Last night's Canadian Federal Election Debate #1 was quite literally the "Stephen Harper Show", as he completely out-classed, out-smarted, and so easily manhandled his shamefully inferior opponents, that it was like watching NHL phenom Sidney Crosby take some time out to play ice hockey with the Tim Horton's Timbits kids -no offence, Timbits! (Sidney Crosby - Timbits Hockey Commercial [2009]).

Though some people may complain that the debate was an utter bore, I didn't find it boring at all. I actually quite enjoyed watching the various party leaders go toe-to-toe. It's so easy for politicians to spew their rhetoric to the press when their opponents aren't there to respond, but when they're placed next to each other with no handlers between them to whisper in their ears, this is when you really see the strength, knowledge and abilities of our leaders.

It was pretty obvious that Prime Minister Harper came out the winner in this debate, even though the various Liberal news organizations out there will try to avoid that topic entirely (you know who you are, you stars, you...). And in a surprising finish for 2nd place, it was NDP Leader Jack Layton, who at times attacked both Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. And while Stephen Harper was easily able to defend himself against Layton's mostly nonsensical accusations, Ignatieff was often left stuttering, bumbling and pretty much speechless, apparently in shock at the supposed betrayal by Layton. Now that was entertainment!

But, the highlight of the night had to be Bloc Québécois Leader, Gilles Duceppe, who was almost comical in his irrelevance... He was like a sad French clown who tried so desperately to be taken seriously, but kept having cream pies thrown in his face and having his nose honked. I have to commend Stephen Harper for keeping a straight face every time Duceppe spoke, because it was like Duceppe was in his own world, completely ignoring the questions that were posed, and reading off questions and accusations from his prepared cue cards that had nothing to do with the topic at hand. A couple of times Harper just had no idea what the hell Duceppe was talking about, but still in the most cordial and diplomatic way, tried to respond. I'm sure that many viewers like me who watched this Duceppe train-wreck, couldn't help but cringe every time he spoke... What a disastrous embarrassment Duceppe is for the Bloc and for Quebeckers overall.

After this debate, I wonder how any self-respecting Québécois could vote for such a bumbling idiot, and I question how he can not be seen as the laughing stock of all of Quebec, especially the Bloc... If any Quebeckers watched last night's debate, you can be sure they're votes have switched from the Bloc to the NDP.

If you'd like to watch the debate for yourself, the video can be found at:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

OECD Study: Canada Ranks #4 for Most Work Hrs per Day, USA #9, Mexico #1

A new study released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operaton and Development (OECD) which involves the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and The United States, shows that Canada ranks 4th overall in the OECD for Total Paid and Unpaid Hours worked per day at 8.62 daily hours. The study shows that Mexico has the highest total hours worked per day with 9.91, Japan is in 2nd with 9.01, and the United States is 9th overall with 8.27.

Here's the story from the OECD website:

Finance Minister Duncan Patronizes Ontarians with Gasoline Tax Rhetoric

With Gas Prices skyrocketing in Ontario, you would think that an Ontario Government that has become famous for scandal, boondoggle and waste, would have some kind of sympathy and compassion for the struggling Ontario families who can't even afford to pay for the skyrocketing electricity costs for their homes, let alone the massive taxes that are applied on Gasoline.

But, if you ask Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan about it, he'll tell you that the taxes that Ontario has applied on Gasoline, actually protect Ontarians from...higher gas prices! Can you believe it? How could we Ontarians have been so stupid? I mean, it's not like gas prices have been skyrocketing non-stop over the past 8 years that Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty has been in power, not-to-mention during the tenure of our incompetent and moronic Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, who is the antithesis of fiscal prudence.

No, that hasn't been happening... (What's that symbol for sarcasm again?) No, we've been "protected" by the non-stop tax bombardment from our useless Ontario Liberal Government who as a result of scandal-after-scandal-after-scandal, need to tax Ontarians to death in order to make up for their consistent squandering of precious taxpayer dollars.

Here's the story from the Toronto Star:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Premier Dalton McGuinty Plays Ontarians For Fools With Expense Trickery

The Godfather of Scandal, Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, has been caught yet again with his pants down trying to fool Ontarians, this time in regards to his own expenses.

In a time in Ontario where every penny matters more to the taxpayer than ever before, politicians of all ilk are trying to show that they are "Rob Ford-esque" in fiscal prudence, watching every penny and ensuring that Ontarians' hard-earned taxdollars are not being wasted.

With this in mind, and knowing that an Ontario Provincial Election is quickly up-coming, Dalton McGuinty went out of his way in a scumbag move to hide his exorbitant travel expenses under the names of his staff, and then published on the Ontario Government website (see - Travel and Hospitality Expense Totals for the Individual) that he had accrued exactly $0 in expenses.

Luckily for Ontarians, the leader of the Opposition, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak, isn't asleep at the wheel and immediately called out McGuinty on his lack of expense reporting/publishing, citing his lavish trip to Israel for example, where McGuinty flew first class for $6,227, and stayed in a $500-a-night hotel racking up $2,035 for a 4-nights stay. And this was just one example out of countless others where Dalton McGuinty was partying it up on the Ontario taxpayers' dime; yet, upon review of the Ontario government's official website where all travel expenses are supposed to be published, there is nothing reported under Dalton McGuinty's name.

Caught completely off-guard by this revelation by Tim Hudak during question period, later in the afternoon, McGuinty's office responded releasing a statement that, “moving forward, for the premier, they’re going to start posting them (the expenses) under his name.”

Here's the story from the Toronto Star:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mayor Ford's Success Validated by Toronto Parasite Unions' Self-Pity Rally!

Yesterday, the various Public Sector Unions in Toronto and Ontario, pulled together a group of barely 10,000 supporters and marched around Toronto from Dundas Square to City Hall, bitching and crying that their gravy train is coming to an end. They appropriately dubbed this self-pity-fest, an "Anti-Ford Rally".

And while local parasite Councillors like Adam Vaughan, Joe Mihevc, Shelley Carroll and newcomer Mary Fragedakis tried to spin this as something Mayor Rob Ford and his supporters should be concerned about, in truth, this demonstration only validated to the majority of Torontonians that Mayor Rob Ford is perfectly on track and fulfilling the mandate on which he was elected. And unfortunately for these deadbeat Toronto leeches, Toronto's taxpayers back him 100%.

Toronto's parasites, namely the "jobs-for-life" blackmail-artist good-for-nothing expect-high-pay-for-minimal-menial-output Public Sector Unions, paraded around pretending that the majority of Torontonians in voting in Rob Ford as Mayor, didn't have a clear expectation that he would bring these Unions back to reality and bring Municipal Taxes and User Fees paid for by the taxpayers back to a reasonable level that was long lost under the David Miller / Adam Vaughan regime. And while they tried to make their battle appear to have merit by fear-mongering illegitimately on true taxpayer-sensitive issues like service cuts (incorrectly citing the cut TTC routes which had no passengers and were a waste of taxpayer money), and future increased user fees (with the key word being 'future', as there hasn't been any official mention from Rob Ford of any increase in user fees, in fact he fought victoriously to prevent an increase in TTC fares, and also successfully eliminated the Personal Vehicle Tax, one of the largest annual 'user fees' on Torontonians), their campaign of manipulation was only successful in getting them some much needed exercise. ;)

Here's the story from the Toronto Sun:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

PC Leader Tim Hudak to Scrap Ontario Vehicle Emissions Test If Elected!

Tim Hudak, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader, promised to phase out the flawed Ontario Drive Clean Emissions Test requirement, if he is elected the next Premier of Ontario!!

Here's the story from the Toronto Sun:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ontario Teachers Cry Poor, Yet They Have Money To Burn?

It's one thing to threaten strikes every time their contracts are coming up for expiration, crying that they are severely underpaid and their benefits/pensions are lacking; but it is a complete other to later have the ability to come up with millions of dollars apparently from thin-air (as they are supposed to be struggling, right?) in order to use it for political influencing, money that though it may be coming from the teachers, it originated from you and I, the taxpayers.

The Ontario Catholic Teachers Union (OECTA - Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association) in a disgusting and eye-opening move have announced that they will be collecting monies from all teachers ($3 Million minimum) in order to use it to launch an advertising campaign aimed at preventing the Ontario Progressive Conservatives from winning this year's Provincial election, and stopping the removal of the worst Premier Ontario has ever had, Dalton McGuinty, from office.

For a group of so-called underpaid and under-appreciated workers who constantly threaten strikes over lack of compensation, having these extra funds available to be used in such a frivolous way that has nothing to do with "teaching" only shows one thing, that the teachers are so severely overpaid that they've got money to burn.

I mean, just the fact that the person they are looking to sabotage, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, was himself born from parents who are teachers, and whose sister is a teacher, and who has big plans to help teachers, for some reason is irrelevant to these apparently bloated fatcats who claim to be doing this "for the children", only goes to prove that the next time the teachers come to the bargaining table looking for sympathy from the taxpayers, all we need to do is remind them of all of the extra cash that they seem to be able to come up with with ease any time they feel like it. To me, and to millions of struggling Ontario taxpayers who don't have the same luxury, this is simply evidence that shows that teachers don't need more funding, they simply need more accountability, and maybe need some financial advisement.

Here's the story from the Toronto Sun: