When I was in high school studying European history we studied revolutions and explored the age-old hypotheses of whether they are brought on by rising or declining expectations. Did people come together to make change because they feared things were getting worse, or because they saw that things could get better? Take, for example my beloved home province of Ontario.…
The cold, hard factual stupidity of Ontario selling its electrical utility: Hugh Mackenzie on rabble.ca
Normally I’d be all “but this represents Ontarians’ birthright, stuff that we have worked hard for and built with blood sweat and taxes” over the Ontario Liberals’ plan to sell Hydro One. But Hugh Mackenzie, an economist who works with CCPA, has another take. A rather cold, realpolitik, Bay Street take on why selling off Hydro One is a really…
I have to wonder why phone polls are still news and still given so much credence both by the media, media consumers and the political class generally. Almost the most interesting thing about the Ontario election (apart from the disintegration of Tim Hudak’s written-for-buzzfeed campaign platform) has been how completely whacked opinion poll numbers have been.
Robin Sears, who earned his nickname “Boy Stalin” as then NDP premier leader Bob Rae’s chief of staff wrote this stunner of a commentary trashing the people who signed that open letter against Andrea Horwath’s current campaign plan/platform. I now understand much better where the moniker comes from.
In short, the remaining weeks of this campaign are going to be fought in large part around the character of Tim Hudak. Is he a bold visionary? Or is he a dangerous buffoon? Thomas Walkom in the Toronto Star. I vote dangerous buffoon.
If 100,000 jobs are created every time Tim Hudak sees a UFO, should we assume that we’ll soon reach full employment — or that we can all just relax and enjoy French fries? Linda McQuaig on iPolitics.ca.
The Ontario NDP must have some pretty compelling and unusual polling data that they’re not sharing with the rest of the world. And why would they? It’s so compelling and so credible that it’s led them to bring down the Liberal government and force an election despite the fact that everyone else’s numbers show them running third against two parties people like better, one of which makes Mike Harris look like Jimmy Carter.