Wynne’s shell game not fooling Ontarians

Not everybody is an April Fool.

For example the whole lets put Ontario’s excessive Hydro bills on another credit card at a higher interest rate thing didn’t work for Premier Kathleen Wynne and didn’t fool the public.

The next batch of opinion polls following that kicking the Hydro can down the road for our kids to pay for showed her at 12% approval and at risk of winning just seven seats in next year’s election, which could cause the fat cat Liberals to lose official party status.

Nowhere to go but up. It will be interesting to see if the next shiny diversion will result in a bounce for the premier as we enjoy April Fool’s Day 2017.

Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed up to talk about $4-billion infrastructure spending commitments for new GTA GO Trains.

It might work but the public seems to know the federal part of the commitment is money already left over from the Harper government’s earmarks and the provincial part is less than what was spent for two weeks on the Pan Am Games.

None of it’s fooling “future” premier Patrick Brown who has seen the Liberal two-step before.

“While Premier Wynne has promised billions in infrastructure investments, we haven’t seen any of that money flow,” Brown told me in an email Friday. “Kitchener was promised during the 2014 election they would receive two-way, all-day GO service within five years.”

Seems it may take longer.

“Instead of sending out press releases patting themselves on the back, I’d like to see the government break the ground on new projects,” said Brown.

Recent opinion polls show a year from now that is exactly what Ontarians are going to give Brown a chance to do as premier.

“Driving along the 401 from Barrie to Toronto, spending hours sitting in traffic, I know that there is a massive infrastructure deficit in Ontario,” Brown said. “Our cities are getting strangled by congestion and our infrastructure is getting older.

“This Liberal government has been in power for 13 years, but we haven’t seen any sort of improvements. In fact, I’d argue, we’ve seen it get worse,” he added.

Yet there was Trudeau and Wynne Friday working over the 905 with GO train dreams. But this was not just a funding announcement. It was also a loud defiance message from Wynne to the kitchen coup conspirators who believe with such bad numbers she must be replaced to win with someone like Yasr Naqvi, Mitzi Hunter or Deb Matthews.

But there was Wynne showing she plans to fight that off. Also interesting who was standing beside her to make clear what side he is on. Trudeau himself.

But Brown tells me Ontarians don’t want press announcements but “infrastructure dollars get into the communities so that we can get our province moving again.”

And no second credit debt for our kids to pay.

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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is happy to recruit Jesus to serve in his ranks if it means helping save “young black men” from killing each other.

Nice to see a chief not get all politically correct.

Saunders with Toronto Police Chaplains did just that at the “Jesus in the City Pastors’ Breakfast at the Estate Banquet and Convention Centre March 30 to connect police and the faith community,” said the Toronto Police home page. “Chief Saunders asked that the pastors, many representing the black community, commit to working together to end senseless violence.”

Following a 2016 with 74 murders — far too many young men, women and even a premature baby — the direct talking Saunders didn’t mince words.

“As a homicide investigator the one phenomenon I came across over and over again was young black men shooting and killing other young black men,” the chief told the pastors. “That’s something that we need to tap into right now. That cycle has to break. It’s not just an enforcement issue. If it was an enforcement issue I wouldn’t be having breakfast with pastors. I’d be having breakfast with other agencies.”

It was also refreshing to see the chief acknowledge the importance of religion and faith.

“We have to have more holistic solutions for this,” explained Saunders. “We talk about building a stronger relationship with our faith-based community…we have to tap into that better because there is such a rich source of leadership, nurturing, compassion (and) of hope.”

Hallelujah.

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First, in the Church Street Gay Village there was a vote to exclude the Toronto Police from next summer’s Pride Parade.

Perhaps this is worse.

In the window of the Village Cannabis Dispensary, and posted in several other locations as well, is a poster of a pantless police pig with a gun — done in protest to the latest bust of the former Cannabis Culture pot shop.

It’s an offensive poster and the store should take it down. I get their frustration over the raids but police officers are carrying out orders and have been nothing but respectful. They have not broken one jar or display case which they easily could have.

Openly defying the law by smoking and selling pot doesn’t bother me since Trudeau, Wynne and their friends are about to corner the market on it. But defaming our police does bother me.

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Hats of to Mr. Wonderful Kevin O’Leary for signing up more than 35,000 new Conservative members and raising almost a million dollars for the party in doing so. He told me a year ago he would do that and he did it.

If you ever want a laugh, the reality TV star’s videos on twitter are hilarious — especially the ones that show he has found good uses for the Liberal budget after all.

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Hey the weekend is here and the rainbow trout are running for the opening of fishing season down around Port Hope. Pete Fisher sent in some incredible pictures and video of the giant fish trying to scale the falls — jumping with such furry and purpose. Pretty cool stuff. Soon it will be Blue Jays season and it looks like the Maple Leafs are going to make the playoffs. Happy Spring on it’s way. Enjoy. Scrawler out!  –

 

Toronto Sun by Joe Warmington

March 31st 2017

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