I had heard rumours, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath got wind that the Liberals were going to steal yet another idea from her playbook last week, which is why she came on our show to sell her own pharma plan just days ago.
The budget delivered yesterday by the aging Liberals appears to be nothing more than a Hail Mary pass promising the moon, after they have created more problems in this province then they have solved.
The budget is stocked full of goodies designed to make you forget about the last 14 years of mismanagement.
But with a province that is wincing over punting the cost a self-inflicted electricity wound off to their kids, most are wondering where all this money is going to come from?
The larger question is, will Ontario be fooled again?
It looks like Hamilton Councillor Terry Whitehead is showing lack of leadership and signs of flip flopping yet again on his LRT position, just to save face.
He now says he may support LRT if the government pays for the line to Eastgate Square that was scrapped for a James St spur line to the GO, which was then replaced with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Why now? And is this a really a deal breaker?
What Councillor Whitehead and his ilk have failed to realize is any money the government spends to extend the line back to Eastgate Square will most likely come at the expense of a BRT A line up the mountain, just like the spur line.
So now we don’t have a spur line connecting LRT to GO and we may not have as much expanded BRT service to the mountain on the A line?
Otherwise where is the extra money coming from?
How ironic is it, the councillors who said we don’t need LRT now want to spend more money on it, and possibly sacrifice BRT to the mountain?
What does this leave?
An LRT that goes from Eastgate to McMaster, with no spur line to the James St GO station and less money for BRT up the mountain.
Is that not what we started with?
This is nothing more than old school councillors who suddenly realise if they mess with this project, like they did with the stadium, they’ll not only kill the project but kill the $1 billion that comes with it; and their political career for lack of vision.
Hamilton is changing, and we’re lacking a council that can keep up with the progress.
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.
The Hamilton Children’s Aid Society has taken away a foster child because of the Easter Bunny?
How can that be?
As in most cases, there is more to this story.
The couple in question (now living in Calgary where he is a pastor) are devote Christian who don’t believe in lying to their foster kids about the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or Halloween, which they are against.
When I asked the father about depriving the two foster girls (under age 5) of the fantasy of childhood, he stated we were getting off point and the real issue here was his religious freedom.
I heard lots of that, and little about the girls, who were with them less than 90 days.
After briefly interviewing the man I came away thinking this was less about religious freedom and more about extremism.
Extremism isn’t healthy in anything whether it’s religion, politics, or lifestyle.