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Why should the rest of Canada care about fairness in Ontario elections?

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:50 AM

All of Canada should be taking heed of what Greg Essensa has been saying.

 

Essensa is the Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of Ontario. Since 2007, he's been keeping tabs on who is spending on political advertising and how much money is being spent. He has noted a very disturbing trend.

 

In the June 2014 election, all registered political parties spent $7.4 million on advertising during the campaign period. Third party advertisers (but let's call a spade a spade - the public sector unions) spent a combined $8.4 million on political advertising during that same period.

 

Essensa feels third party political advertising spending has gotten out of hand and that the government needs to put in place rules to ensure fairness.

 

Why should the rest of Canada care about fairness in Ontario elections?

 

With oil falling to the $30 per barrel range, the Canadian dollar has been in a deep slide. Yesterday, it was announced that to purchase one American dollar now costs Canadians $1.43 CDN. That means the price of food, clothing, electronics, and anything else that is imported into the country from elsewhere is costing us more.

 

Analysts are predicting the Canadian dollar will continue to slide falling to historic lows - a whopping $0.59. The cost of our day to day living just won't keep up; and this particularly affects Canadians living on fixed income - seniors, the poor, and many others.

 

In the past, a low Canadian dollar would be a shot in the arm for the Ontario economy, which at the time had a robust manufacturing sector. But the Ontario Liberals, with illogical faith in "green jobs," killed manufacturing in the province, exporting hundreds of thousands of Ontario jobs to places like Mexico and China. The culprit is the Ontario Liberal government's disastrous Green Energy Act, that now has Ontarians paying the highest electricity rates globally.

 

The Green Energy Act was passed in 2009 and was supposed to usher in an era of alternate, renewable energy for the province. Electricity created by wind, solar and bio-mass were touted as the panacea for Ontario's nascent green economy. Meanwhile, in Europe, many nations who attempted what Premier Wynne continues to propose, are quickly reversing plans and reverting back to cheap energy. Wynne is promising to succeed with her flawed strategy, as opposed to learning from the expensive mistakes others have made.

 

The truth is the promised green jobs have not materialized to offset the hundreds of thousands manufacturing jobs that were lost. Despite a weak loonie, Ontario's high energy costs are too prohibitive for manufacturers to return. Other jurisdictions in the rust belt, Michigan, Ohio and others, are returning to their pre-2008 GDP. Ontario's economy continues to list.

 

“That Ontario has a serious growth problem is rather difficult to deny, or debate,” is the blunt assessment of the Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group, Kevin Lynch.

 

And an Ontario economy piloted into the rocks by Kathleen Wynne is something Canada can ill-afford when places like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland are hit by $30/barrel oil prices.

 

Ontario needs better energy prices and better roads to chart a new course towards economic growth. We are not going to get either from Kathleen Wynne.

 

The only way to change Canada's economic forecast is to replace Kathleen Wynne and her failed policies.

 

To accomplish that, we need to listen to what Greg Essensa is saying about those underhanded public sector unions who seek to control the outcome of the next election with their multi-million dollar advertising budgets.

 

Kevin O'Leary promised $1,000,000 if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley would resign. We need that kind of hubris here in Ontario.

There are a lot of people with Kevin O'Leary-type balance sheets in this province and Ontarians need them to do something great for this country. It's time to pool together funds to offset the public sector union spending and ensure we put an end to the current dark ages.

 

The rest of Canada is depending on us.

 

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