Ontario leads way to carbon pricing hell

Ontario leads way to carbon pricing hell
Ontario leads way to carbon pricing hell   When it comes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon pricing plan, Canadians deserve straight answers on two questions. What is it going to cost them and is it going to work? Will it actually lower industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change? Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk recently evaluated Premier Kathleen Wynne’s version of Trudeau’s national carbon pri

Trudeau channels Hillary Clinton

Trudeau channels Hillary Clinton
Trudeau channels Hillary Clinton Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking cues from failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He should proceed with caution, because things didn’t end well for her. Clinton was running against one of the most reviled (by Democrats) Republican opponents in U.S. political history. She had glowing endorsements from the media, unions, Wall Street, Hollywood, even many Republicans. Yet she manag

Trudeau’s Trumped on carbon pricing – All it will do now is hurt ordinary Canadians

Trudeau’s Trumped on carbon pricing – All it will do now is hurt ordinary Canadians
Trudeau’s Trumped on carbon pricing - All it will do now is hurt ordinary Canadians With each new cabinet selection, President-elect Donald Trump makes it clear he’s not interested in imposing a national carbon price on the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take note. Because if he doesn’t, it will cost Canadians billions of dollars, while making our industries less competitive with those of our largest trading partner. Why would T

Premier Wynne’s annus horribilis

Premier Wynne’s annus horribilis
Premier Wynne’s annus horribilis   An “annus horribilis” to use the Latin phrase. The Angus Reid Institute reported Tuesday that its Canada-wide poll of 5,300 adults from Dec. 5-12 put Wynne’s approval rating at just 16%. That’s the lowest of any premier in the country and half the 30% approval rating Wynne had at this time last year. She’s also plummeted from the 43% approval rating she enjoyed in June, 2013 after being sworn in as

Reevely: Ontario’s $28M-and-counting wind-farm fiasco laid bare in trade ruling

Reevely: Ontario’s $28M-and-counting wind-farm fiasco laid bare in trade ruling
Reevely: Ontario's $28M-and-counting wind-farm fiasco laid bare in trade ruling Ontario’s government signed an electricity deal with an American company to build a wind farm at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, froze the project, and then wanted to treat its own decision like an uncontrollable act of God to get out of the contract it signed, an international panel found in a ruling saying such behaviour is not OK. We knew our provincial government

Lives disrupted, money frittered by Ontario’s failed ideas

Lives disrupted, money frittered by Ontario’s failed ideas
Lives disrupted, money frittered by Ontario’s failed ideas What’s so incredibly distressing about reading through the many sections of the just-released provincial Auditor General’s report is how much time and money has been wasted on countless failed ideas. And it’s impossible not to imagine the many better ways that money could have been spent on. Case in point: The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care started developing provincial technol

Waste in Ontario’s health care sickening

Waste in Ontario’s health care sickening
  Waste in Ontario's health care sickening TORONTO - WARNING: Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s report on waste, mismanagement and potential fraud in health-care billings may be hazardous to your health. Do not read this column if you suffer heart palpitations, dizzy spells or frequent bouts of nausea. May also cause hysteria in less stable taxpayers. Lysyk blasted the government on everything from a Hwy. 401 bridge built upside-down t

Ontario auditor general blasts Liberals in new report

Ontario auditor general blasts Liberals in new report
  Ontario auditor general blasts Liberals in new report Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk delivers her annual report to the government at Queen's Park on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun) TORONTO - Ontario’s government watchdog says taxpayers spend millions of dollars paying repair bills for shoddy work by contractors hired for road maintenance and public transit projects, including part of one bridge that was in