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April 2017

A little late for Wynne pilot projects

Apr 25, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

If you asked the average Canadian if we should protect the most vulnerable in our society they would answer a polite, yes.

But how much are we willing to do, and at what cost?

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a pilot project introducing a basic income in the test cities of Hamilton, Thunder Bay and town of Lindsay.

In this pilot project qualifying individuals would receive just under $17,000 a year, less 50% of what they may earn.
This is a guaranteed basic income whether they work or not and the hope is it doesn’t penalize those who want to make more by clawing back benefits thus discouraging employment.

Proponents of the plan say it would save us money on other services in the long run, opponents say the cost is impossible robbing funds from those who need it the most.

What I find fascinating is the only positive comments coming from the Ontario Liberals is a pilot project that they will never see to completion.

Interesting idea but, where was all this due diligence when it came to the energy file?

Where was the pilot project before the Liberals rammed the Green Evegy Act down everybody’s throat thus creating a self-inflicted energy crisis?

Too bad this government doesn’t use the same thought process in their day to day decisions as they do when they float political trial balloons.









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Trump tries to scare Canada

Apr 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

U.S. president Donald Trump’s antics and rants are becoming more and more predicable with every passing day.

Early in his presidency Trump seemed more interested in beating up on Mexico than he did Canada.

Until last week, when he singled out Canada on everything from dairy to softwood lumber when trashing NAFTA, which most agree needs updating.

The great news is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and crew didn’t fall for this bombastic rhetoric and stuck to diplomacy instead of mudslinging in the media.

The reality is, it takes more than a burst of hot air from Trump to change such deals, requiring approval from many.

That includes his own party, who hung the Donald out to dry and refused to pass their own healthcare bill.

This is typical Donald who believes to get the deal you weaken your opponent by shaking them down, putting them on edge, and creating confusion.

However, his unprediabilty has become predicable.

His opponents now see him coming, making his approach far less effective over time.

Sooner or later, the ‘Donald’ will have to deliver more than 140 characters and a 20 second sound bite.

But then, do we really want that?….

I’m Scott Thompson.



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New leader won’t help Liberals

Apr 21, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

After the headlines of rent control and foreign home buyer’s tax fade, questions are still rising if Kathleen Wynne will lead the Liberal party into the next provincial election.

The answer is yes.

Here’s one of many analogies.

Remember, this was an ‘older model’ government already on its second coat of paint when McGuinty sold it to Wynne.

At what point do you stop throwing good money after bad and look to the future?

No she can’t win, but who else from the party can?

And who wants that job?

Would you want to prop up this bloated group who have cost us billions in self-inflicted hydro wounds just to scrape the surface?

Will a replacement cut from the same cloth fix the rip that splits the province?

I’ll finish with another ditty…

No matter the captain, the ship is sinking.

It will be a miracle if anyone survives?

Especially the current captain.

I’m Scott Thompson.




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