Comparing fiscal platforms in the Ontario election

Heading into Ontario’s June 7 election, the three major political parties have made distinct expenditure promises and revenue announcements. Let’s look at these fiscal plans in historical and comparative context (see note 1). Ontario governments have traditionally supplied a comparatively low level of public services (e.g., health, education, etc.) and…
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Ontario election 2018: Turning votes into seats

In Ontario’s first-past-the-post electoral system, it’s not just a matter of counting votes. Here are a few things to think about that may help determine who wins—and who loses—on June 7: Geography matters Governments change when the same people vote differently, or when different people vote the same—but in a…
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The year as we saw it: 10 charts that defined Ontario in 2016

The experts at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office have been tracking economic developments in Ontario throughout the year. Some problems persist: the gender pay gap, social assistance poverty, the use of expensive payday loans as a last resort because traditional banks fail to serve low-income customers as…
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Payday loans and bank double standards

Income inequality is mounting in Canada, making an already inexcusable wealth gulf worse. And with wealth comes privilege — especially in Canadian banking. Low-income residents of Canada face a significant double standard when it comes to accessing banking services despite urgently wanting them, according to a survey of 268 ACORN…
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The T-word (taxes) finally takes centre stage in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s annual budgetfest debates just got interesting. After months of Mayor John Tory avoiding the T-word (taxes), a city report released today puts important tax options on the table. These options include short-term measures needed to balance the 2017 operating budget and longer-term measures to pay for…
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Cap and trade’s potential impact on Ontario jobs

This spring the Ontario Government introduced legislation that lays the groundwork for a greenhouse gas cap and trade system and is the legislative basis for Ontario joining Quebec and California in the Western Climate Initiative. Setting emission reduction targets and putting a price on carbon are essential to combat climate change….
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