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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Ce n’est pas ce qu’on ajoute aux accords commerciaux, mais ce qu’on y enlève qui garantit leur caractère progressiste

Le gouvernement fédéral veut nous faire croire que l’élection de 2015 a marqué le début d’une ère du « commerce progressiste » au Canada. En guise de preuve, les ministres libéraux brandiront l’ajout d’un chapitre sur l’égalité des genres dans la nouvelle mouture de l’Accord de libre-échange Canada-Chili, ou encore la proposition…
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Are middle class tax promises a false hope?

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford has proposed a $2.8-billion “middle class tax cut,” despite the fact the province is facing a deficit. Promoting tax cuts as “middle class tax cuts” is the latest fad in election-time politics. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to cut middle class taxes in the 2015…
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