Don’t throw taxes under the bus

As Ontario inches toward a potential spring election showdown, Premier Kathleen Wynne is making clear that she wants public transit to become the ballot box question. That’s heartening, because there is majority public support for greater transit investments after too many years of political and traffic gridlock. But it looks…
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Canada Post or Canada Past?

Canadians who value their deep history of universal postal service are reeling from the latest round of cuts to Canada Post: the end of door-to-door delivery service accompanied by a hike in postage stamp costs. In other words, higher prices for less service – and it’s all part of “an…
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Middle class for sale

A leaked Ontario Progressive Conservative document reveals a deep disconnect between ideologically driven wedge politics and the realpolitik of Ontario’s struggling middle class. The document lays out a provincial election plan for the party that is premised on an explicit attack on workers and a promise to bring in American-style…
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Lowering Our Standards

The right-wing Fraser Institute has released a paper that, if implemented, would dramatically lower our standards for worker pay, workers’ rights and workplace protections. It urges governments in Ontario and B.C. to adopt American-style “right-to-work” (RTW) laws which violate a core principle upheld in Canadian law: if a majority of…
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It’s Time for an Equality Premier

Imagine if Ontario’s incoming Premier – lauded for breaking the inequality barrier on two counts – decided to parlay her victory into a post-austerity focus on solutions to income inequality. Now that would be truly groundbreaking. And it couldn’t come at a better time. Brand new data from Statistics Canada…
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