Posts Tagged ‘Dalton McGuinty’

The New logo for the Toronto sun

On June 26, 2012, I was surprised to see the Toronto Sun advocate a bike helmet law for adults in Ontario.

Requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets makes so much sense, we’re amazed it isn’t already the law in Ontario.

The Cycling Death Review, a report by the Ontario coroner’s office, has found almost 75% of 129 bicyclists killed in Ontario from 2006 to 2010 weren’t wearing helmets.”

Responsible cyclists know better.

But since many don’t, a law is required.

All three parties in the Legislature should pass one as quickly as possible.

This is the same newspaper that decries the ever-increasing nanny state in Ontario under Premier Dalton McGuinty. See here for an example.

Justification is given based on the existing helmet law for motorcyclists, yet I don’t see an appropriate connection, since motorcycles are licensed vehicles and they travel at much faster speeds than bicycles.

The only moral justification the government has for such an imposition is that Ontario taxpayers are picking up the full tab for any emergency medical treatment, so as a result, it can attach strings to that coverage, and this is the very problem with a socialistic health care system, which the Toronto Sun has criticized in the past.

Previously, I wrote the article, The Toronto Sun’s boilerplate commentary.

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The New logo for the Toronto sun

The Toronto Sun, one of Toronto’s four daily newspapers, is rightly called a tabloid newspaper.

Someone with whom I had some lively email exchanges regarding the Canadian economy and form of government compared to the United States once sent me a link to a particular article in the Sun, and I called it a tabloid paper.

A giveaway that it’s a tabloid paper is when it had a front-page picture of former federal Liberal Party leader, Michael Ignatieff, with two heads, symbolizing his alleged two-facedness.

The article was actually informative, in revealing that either Ignatieff or one of his political handlers wasn’t being consistent regarding his voting record in Britain.

Since then, I have scarcely learned anything interesting when reading it at one of my local coffee shops when it is the only paper around.

One of its regular commentators, Christina Blizzard, has written several boilerplate commentaries that I read.

One was about the Ontario Liberal government, led by Dalton McGuinty, after its minority election win in October 2011, where she had the audacity to write:

For the last eight years, the Libs have governed as if they were anointed by divine right.

It’s called a majority government, under Canada’s system of constitutional monarchy, Christina. You should know well, since the guy you wrote a book about — former Premier Mike Harris — governed with at least as much arrogance as McGuinty did.

But it’s her job to throw red meat to her audience, keeping the false left-right paradigm firmly in place, and Ontarians and Canadians divided against those working against their common interest.

Shortly before Occupy Toronto was broken up, someone wrote a letter to the Sun, saying she had walked through the camp and didn’t find any problems. Their response? They arrogantly asked whether she was an expert on the situation by having walked through there once.

Again — more red meat to their audience, portraying Occupy Toronto as a bunch of losers with no legitimate grievances.

Another example of their boilerplate commentary is a response to a letter in the first week of 2012, saying, “they say it’s for our safety,” in response to the Ontario Liberal government’s policy that all Ontarians present valid identification in order to redeem their medical prescription.

That’s a nice partisan dodge of the larger issue of governments of all political stripes imposing regulations in the name of “public safety,” such as the Stephen Harper Conservative majority government’s plan for police to be able to obtain selected customer information from all internet users, without a warrant, all in the name of protecting the public from criminals.

But something tells me the Toronto Sun isn’t going to come out against that scheme to allegedly protect public safety to the degree they lambaste Liberal government policies.

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Tim Hudak

Since the Ontario Progressive Conservatives unveiled their October 2011 election platform, it’s become evident to me that their leader Tim Hudak is a shameless opportunist.

In 2009, when the federal Conservatives effectively bribed Ontario with $4 billion (around 40% of Ontario’s own money to begin with) to surrender its constitutional authority to directly impose a provincial sales tax and adopt a so-called Harmonized Sales Tax, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak said how bad it was.

To me, it is simply not credible that he wouldn’t have taken the $4 billion from his federal cousins and implemented the HST like his Liberal competitors did.

Among his other shameless opportunistic claims include his promise to remove the 8% provincial portion of the 13% HST from hydro bills, and remove the debt retirement charge from them.

As one columnist pointed out, Hudak claims the debt retirement charge is no longer necessary, since the debt has allegedly been paid off.

Hudak was wise to go into politics, because he certainly wouldn’t have lasted long as a loan officer at a bank with his funny math. He claims that Ontario hydro customers have paid back the debt by having paid back the principal on it. Wouldn’t it be nice to say you’ve paid off your mortgage by only making principal payments and not any interest? Yes, so long as you’re not the bank.

While the Ontario Liberals, dubbed the Fiberals in some quarters, have a deservedly tarnished image as a result of some of their bogus promises, such as their failed promise not to raise taxes while going on to impose a health tax and eco fees, Hudak and the PCs aren’t any more credible in my view either.

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No smoking

On January 19, 2011, the premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, said he won’t ban smoking in apartment buildings.

While a case can be made for restricting that freedom based on the negative health effects involuntarily imposed on neighbouring residents, he said, “I think when you get into people’s homes, you’re crossing a line.

Upon further reflection, I realized how it simply won’t happen until there is a ban on smoking in provincial public housing. It is a common ploy of any group seeking to restrict freedoms generally, to restrict the freedoms of a vulnerable minority in order to set a precedent for eventually restricting those same freedoms of a majority.

In the Region of Waterloo, a smoking ban has been in effect since April 1, 2010, for all new tenants of multi-unit public housing dwellings. The groundwork has therefore been laid for a smoking ban in all apartments when they have the power to do so and the political will to carry it out.

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On March 23, 2010, The Toronto Star reported:

“There will be no tax increases or new taxes in Thursday’s provincial budget despite a record $24.7 billion deficit this year, Premier Dalton McGuinty and his finance minister said Monday.”

However, just three days earlier, Ontario’s Energy Minister announced a new ‘green’ tax on all Ontario electricity bills, set to be issued April 15 of this year.

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