• Life,  Opinion

    The New Political Landscape in Ontario

    by Two weeks ago, I woke up to the nearly finalized results of the Ontario general election. Not that they hadn’t been almost as finalized when I went to bed. A little time has passed since then and I haven’t heard any major noises contesting things, so we’re probably locked in. Ultimate result is that the Conservatives won 83/124 seats with 40.8% of the popular vote and a 43.5% voter turnout. However you might feel about the Conservatives, that’s wrong. They know it. Every other party knows it. We all know it. Essentially all the power to run the province was granted to a party that got its support from…

  • Politics

    Pandemic Politics In Ontario

    by So it’s no secret my politics lean to the Left. It’s also no secret that we have a government in Ontario that leans pretty hard to the Right. Not as far as one or two of the other provincial governments in Canada and certainly not as far as significant portions of the US these days, but definitely farther than normal for Ontario. You probably won’t be surprised that doesn’t make me happy. It’s frequently said that in a parliamentary system, governments don’t get voted in so much as they get voted out. Before the last election, Ontario, on balance, was unhappy with the performance of the Liberal Party who…

  • Life,  Politics

    Being Right

    by Everyone likes being right, right Usually, that’s the case. This morning, I’m less happy about it, at least in one specific instance. This week, on apparently a variety of news media, our still-new provincial government followed through on a campaign promise that almost no one thought it would keep. In spite of everything, in spite of all the evidence that it was good for people, good for the economy, and good for the job market, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party appears to still disagree with the idea that raising the minimum wage was a good thing. And they disagree to the point where the minimum wage increase that was…