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In the spirit of my commentary on the night before election results in the 2016 US presidential election, I am writing my thoughts on the Ontario June 7, 2018 election night, publishing this minutes before the polls close at 9 PM.

If various polling companies prove correct, with their predictions 24 hours before the election, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives will form a majority government.

And I will be very happy for Doug Ford. It will be quite the monumental event, with the general Leftist mass media contempt for him, and it is very significant, given that he had a failed run for Toronto mayor in 2014, and was likely to lose against John Tory in 2018. But, as fate would have it, he is set to win the premiership that John Tory would’ve won in 2007, had he not stubbornly personally insisted on a horribly unpopular pledge to resolve the matter of discriminatory public funding of Catholic schools by pledging full public funding for all religious schools.

Sure, the PC’s never released a fully costed platform, and the numbers don’t add up in terms of the lost revenue from scrapping the cap-and-trade tax and spending promises, but they will tax and spend less than the Liberals and NDP. And he did indeed sound somewhat like a used car salesman and vacuous beyond his talking points at the third and final leaders’ debate, but the man is totally sincere.

I had the fortune of meeting him in person in Kitchener for an early leadership campaign event. While Wynne and Horwath would’ve left after meeting with some people near the front after their talk, he stayed there, talking with everyone who was still there and interested in talking to him. As I waited patiently near the back, I noticed that he was taking his time to talk with everyone.

And when he approached me, I put out my hand and said how great it was to meet him, and that I specifically took out a PC Party membership once Patrick Brown had been ousted from the party, and that I only wanted to vote for him. And, for the first time in my life, despite voting on my occasions since I was first eligible to in 1997, I voted for the winning candidate in any sort of election.

Before Tanya Granic Allen had made it a big issue, I was separately aware of the significance and opportunity of the provincial government voiding bad hydro contracts without penalty, and not simply canceling them and losing money having to uselessly fight it out in court. So my main goal in addition to meeting him, was to convey on him the existence of this power of the provincial government, and to impress on him the importance of doing so.

I didn’t expect the Liberals themselves to directly paint him as Trump, instead expecting the Star and other scoundrel mass media sources to do so, but they surprised me in doing so. Of course Ford is Trump-like in terms of his non-specifics, in exaggerating, but the comparison in the way that Trump was mostly portrayed in the US, is actually defamatory in the way it was used against Ford by people who should know better in Canada. Trump was and is mostly derided as racist, and Doug Ford is obviously the opposite of what even Trump was portrayed as, given that Ford Nation specifically made outreach to all racial and ethnic groups in Toronto, and that fact has been very confounding to the radical Leftist identity politics practitioners, specifically in the Liberal Party, and the Leftist media sources accounting for most of the Canadian mass media.

I was a big opponent of Rob Ford once it was shown that he was using crack cocaine, because of the bad example that it was setting for the youth. I believe that public officials should be held to a higher standard, and what particularly irked me was fiscal conservatives who had no issue voting for him whatsoever, where those in high-level business positions would never tolerate such behaviour from a subordinate employee, nor even an executive, who would otherwise jeopardize their business.

Remember when Washington D.C. mayor, Marion Barry, was the epitome of the rot of urban politics when he was known as the crack smoking mayor who got re-elected, and was rightly ousted by Congress? Yet Rob Ford was celebrated in a lot of quarters! That’s why, separately from Rob Ford’s addiction problems, he had no business staying in as mayor, and the provincial Liberals should’ve amended the Municipal Act to specifically grant Toronto council the power to remove him by a two-thirds majority vote.

Only later, after Rob’s death, did I learn from an interview with Mark Towhey, that Rob Ford really developed his problems after the death of his father, and that Rob had always specifically struggled with trying to live up to his father’s high expectations, and felt that he could never do that, and that’s what had motivated his run for Mayor.

Despite Rob’s shenanigans, I knew that Doug’s support of him was as a brother, and that his brother’s behaviour had nothing to do with how Doug himself would behave in office, and I knew that Rob’s missteps would not follow Doug in office.

So from the first time that I had heard Doug Ford do his first interview when running for leader, I quickly got past my slight surprise of how he was comporting himself compared to the media caricatures that had been put out there. Then I heard a completely different person than that, directly answering questions, cleverly, but not in a cynical way — very straightforward and honest. And he did that for several interviews, including a prominent CBC one.

And those criticizing him for limiting media appearances since he became leader, and particularly in the election, and during the second-half, it was mostly sensible, given the proven general media hostility out there. But as far as his success as Premier, it will be based on whether he acts more like the Doug Ford I saw in person at that early leadership event, and all the early interviews I heard of him. To the extent that he lets himself be controlled, and guards himself, and limits his media appearances, despite having four years ahead of him in a majority government, he will be only a mediocre Premier at best, instead of a great Premier, that he has the potential for.

When Doug wins a majority government, I will feel very happy for him, specifically for his relationship with his late younger brother, and that his brother can truly spiritually rest in peace, and that Doug can feel some peace for what happened to his brother, and how he was unable to help him enough while he was alive. There will be some resolution for them, and for all of us who followed the Rob Ford saga.

Doug’s victory will show that genuinely appealing to the people can overcome the odds, and cynicism and elitism of some, who felt that he was eminently disqualified for office because of being a non-Leftist populist, for even being a populist, for not hanging out in the social circles of most media and political elites, and for daring to go against their so-called conventional wisdom.

So, on this election night, Doug, I offer my heartfelt congratulations for a campaign well-fought, given the odds against you, and for what you represent.

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In the run-up to the October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election, I found these two federal all-candidates sessions to be very interesting.

This one in the riding of Fundy Royal, New Brunswick is interesting because the independent candidate, David Amos, looks like Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, and he has some intelligent things to say.

And this one from the riding of Thornhill, Ontario is interesting, because only three candidates showed up, so the Libertarian candidate, Gene Balfour, gets to have a lot of talking time, speaking to the big government Liberal and NDP candidates, in an interactive way that you almost never see, and he schools them on the benefits of a more libertarian society.

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20 years later, the Ontario Ministry of Health finally caught up with me about my old health card

First introduced in 1995 by the unpopular Ontario NDP government as a fraud reduction measure, all eligible Ontarians became subject to eventually being required to obtain a new photo ID health card, as a replacement for the old red-and-white cards.

The government laughably claimed that they would phase out all old cards by the year 2000. Fifteen years after that “deadline,” they finally caught up with me. I received a letter in the mail, asking me to obtain a photo ID card in order to retain my taxpayer-funded health care.

Some people originally thought a photo ID card was a preferred option, until they were warned that it wasn’t a good idea, because they’d have to renew it every five years and pay money for it (of course).

The funny thing is that I knew someone who, around 2006, got one of these letters in the mail and ignored it at first, thinking they would go away, only to later get a final notice of his health care being cut off if he didn’t comply. Meanwhile, he knew others who still had their cards — highlighting the seeming absolute arbitrary nature of the process. I feel somewhat special that I managed to avoid these letters for nine more years than him, despite no apparent reason for deserving such luck.

Another odd thing is how plain Social Insurance cards are still being issued by the federal government, which are required for income tax reporting and to have most jobs, unless they are under-the-table, yet the federal government still hasn’t found the need to eliminate that even bigger potential of fraud

The slackness of the replacement of these cards is typical for such a government program. It’s like the provincially-funded and operated GO Transit trains, of which I have taken two recent trips on, and they never bothered to verify whether I had purchased a ticket, and had I been the dishonest type, could’ve ridden for free. No privately-owned business would do business in this way, nor would any private business take 20 years to replace their customers’ authentication documents if fraud really was an issue that tangibly affected their bottom line.

The health card replacement plan, pitched as a way of combating fraud, was a fraud of its own sort from the beginning, since it was implemented as a feel-good measure by an unpopular government that was flagging in the opinion polls and was defeated so badly that originally lost official party recognition in the legislature after the 1995 election.

Instead of reforming the system, such as joining every other country in the world except for Cuba and North Korea, in allowing for private funds to be used to pay for primary health care, as a supplement to the taxpayer-funded system, the government decided to take the easy way out and pretend they cared about fraud when they had already wasted money on the Skydome white elephant in Toronto just so the province’s capital city could say it had the latest in stadium technology with a fully retractable roof and a Jumbotron, and go over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.

As for that notice, I’ll be responding, soon enough. Apparently I get two more notices before they will cut me off, but even if I am in need of services, I can later apply and get reimbursed for the costs. It seems that is ironically one of the few ways to have transparency in the system, of knowing exactly how much health care costs us — aside from looking up obscure line items in a billing table — and privately fund your primary health care — but without getting reimbursed with your taxes.

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Branding image of the Government of Ontario, s...

From the September 11, 2012 Moneyville.ca article, Tuition fees rising faster than incomes and inflation, report warns:

For instance, the proportion of provincial support as a percentage of total university expenditures has declined from 84 per cent to 58 per cent between 1979 and 2009, while tuition has increased from 12 per cent to 35 per cent in that time, the report states.

During the past three decades, three parties have held the reins of government in Ontario: the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Progressive Conservatives, and Liberals.

Whatever your position is regarding government-mandated taxpayer support for post-secondary education, the one thing that is clear from this report is that there has been a deliberate policy of every Ontario party since 1979 to progressively transfer the cost of post-secondary education from taxpayers to students.

As discussed in my interview with Dennis Marker, the author of Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced the Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves, there has been a deliberate plan to restructure society, and the educational system is a big part of that.

While I think a strong case can be made for government having no involvement in the provision of education, the fact that other libertarian-oriented principles haven’t been adopted by successive Ontario governments during this time period is an indication to me of a deliberate policy to destroy the institutions and policies that had led to the strong and prosperous middle class that existed in the 1980s.

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Conservative Party of Canada

One of the things I have been trying to get across to people is the futility of voting for establishment party A over establishment party B and expecting things to be fundamentally different, despite Canadians having tried that for decades with increasingly lower voter turnout, in large part due to increasing voter dissatisfaction.

Were recent Canadian immigrants the latest victims of being suckered by the current establishment party, the Conservatives, and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in the last federal election on May 2, 2011?

In the 2006 election, when the Conservatives swept out the establishment party A Liberals, seniors became the victims of the establishment party B Conservatives promising not to not tax income trusts, only to see that promise broken shortly after being elected.

Apparently, not enough Canadians seem to get it yet. Despite Jason Kenney extensively attending various local cultural events in communities with a high proportion of new immigrants in order to peel off traditional support for the Liberals, it seems those who voted Conservative were duped.

On October 20, 2011, Jason Kenney appeared before a House of Commons committee to announce that immigration applications would have to be cut, as this CBC article states:

Canada needs to accept fewer applications from people wanting to live here, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says, and he’s eyeing the family class for cuts.

So much for thinking the Conservative outreach to recent immigrants was sincere! It will be interesting to see whether there is much of an outcry, and whether those who voted for their local Conservative candidate, thinking he/she represented a genuine alternative to the Liberals, will be duped again into voting for the Liberal — or even worse — NDP candidate in the next election.

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Jack Layton on the 5th anniversary of his lead...

Since Jack Layton’s untimely passing on August 22, 2011, much has been said in the mass media about what a great guy he was, and how he was such a great uniting figure in Canadian politics.

For all the talk about what a great uniter he was, here are some things you probably didn’t know about:

  • He was extremely belligerent and overly confrontational, to the point of being downright rude, in the 2004 English-language television debate. To his credit, he did mend his ways in the 2006, 2008 and 2011 debates.
  • He preached more openness and representation in Canadian politics, yet tried to keep Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, out of the debates, by threatening a boycott, until the Canadian people eventually forced him to relent.
  • He called for abolishing the Canadian Senate under the guise of it being an undemocratic and outdated institution, yet his efforts to keep May out of the debates shows that it really had everything to do with the fact that the NDP didn’t have a single senator.
  • He huffed and puffed about how bad the Harper minority government was, yet propped them up to eventually become the longest-serving minority government in Canadian history.
  • When it became evident that NATO had violated the terms of the UN Resolution that called for enforcing a no-fly zone to protect civilians in Libya, he delivered the war-mongering Harper government full NDP support for extending the mission until September, 2011, which is conveniently when the deadline was set for Gadhafi to be ousted from Libya. Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, was the lone MP to vote against the extension.
  • In a bid to pander to soft nationalist Quebec voters in the 2011 election campaign, he undermined the Clarity Act, saying that a simple majority was all that was necessary for Quebec to separate, despite the Clarity Act being the law of the land, and requiring a “clear majority.”

His pandering is most evident with his waffling tone from this interview aired on the April 24, 2011 episode of CBC’s, The House. Despite the Clarity Act being a disingenuous and impractical piece of legislation concocted by Jean Chrétien, Layton didn’t call it as such, and instead tried to play both sides by giving the false impression that a simple majority is in accordance with the Clarity Act.

Looking at the history of the Clarity Act, it is clear that a “clear majority” is something greater than a simple majority, given that former Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, panicked the night before the 1995 Quebec referendum where the country was nearly broken up with what was almost a simple majority.

Layton did do some very positive things, especially in bringing an end to official party representation in Parliament for the Bloc Québecois, which originally promised to disband if they hadn’t achieved independence for Quebec after a certain amount of time, which had long since passed.

Underneath all the rosy reviews of the past two weeks, there is a more balanced picture of Jack Layton — that of the consummate politician.

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Dodo bird

The Toronto Star, Canada’s most highly circulated newspaper, made a failed attempt to stop a Conservative majority government by endorsing the NDP. Then, when the party’s deputy questioned the story of bin Laden’s killing, he was smeared in an Associated Press article that was picked up by the Star.

Today, some Star reporter wrote:

Last week, Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall was excoriated when he used Twitter to express sadness about the American reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden and, more worryingly, air a few of his 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Athletes, being athletes, rarely receive any real punishment for their off-the-cuff nonsense.

My email to the columnist:

Oh, what a bad man, expressing his views outside the confines of a mass media newspaper column such as yours.

Perhaps you’ll recall that it was your newspaper that endorsed the very party whose deputy later expressed doubts about bin Laden’s death, so it would seem misdirection is the order of the day.

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