April 19, 2018

Doug Ford: “We’ll blaze a new trail of prosperity” for the people of Ontario

David MenziesMission Specialist

 

The Doug Ford campaign dropped by Ajax, Ontario on Wednesday where he spoke to a standing-room only crowd at a local banquet hall.

Highlights of his speech included his announcement of a corporate tax cut, a pledge not to tax those who earn the minimum wage, and a promise to fire Ontario’s version of the Six Million Dollar Man.

No, not Steve Austin, but rather, Hydro One CEO, Mayo Schmidt, who rakes in a 7-figure salary for doing a really Schmidt job...

Watch to see Mr. Ford’s full speech.

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commented 2018-04-23 00:44:25 -0400
All power is subsidized… wind was historically more subsidized but that’s no longer the case. The last round of wind contracts, in 2016, averaged 8.6 cents/kwh, while Ontarios’ overall “global adjustment” to all producers in April so far is 9.8.
commented 2018-04-23 00:07:23 -0400
To quote the all-knowing Ms. Stephenson yet again: – “Wind power was indeed quite expensive ten years ago – but it’s not the biggest cost (nor is it actually expensive anymore – it’s actually the cheapest source now, since capital costs have come down so much and renewables don’t need fuel)” So “cheap” that Winnie The Poo’s government no longer hands out subsidies and every farmer with a spare acre is building one right???
commented 2018-04-21 21:14:51 -0400
Apparently, “nuclear medicine” doesn’t much qualify one for employment laws either. They’re pretty strict about firing for cause.

Fruit flies aren’t bacteria, although they’re also a pretty cool model, and fly scientists are a fun bunch.

I’m an armchair sociologist and economist, I acknowledge that… but you don’t ever seem to be able tor refute my actual arguments. Instead you go lurching into ad-hominems, so I must be doing pretty well in that regard.
commented 2018-04-21 18:50:42 -0400
Like I said Andrew he is welcome to challenge it.!!
commented 2018-04-21 18:48:28 -0400
So you’re a fruit fly scientist and I practice nuclear medicine.. Your PhD is as hollow as the treasuries in this country from supporting every hardluck case circumferentially around the globe. Nice try Andrew but a fruit fly scientist doesn’t carry any weight especially in criminology and sociology not to mention economics and a variety of other things that normal people know about because they reach into their pockets every day and pay it out so bad policies can go forward that they can’t stop. that they can’t stop !!! Your money would’ve been better spent in the school of hard knocks at least you would have learned something. Incidentally I don’t believe you.!!
commented 2018-04-21 18:43:17 -0400
Ya.. and mine was a nuclear medicine
commented 2018-04-21 18:06:09 -0400
Oh, by the way Drew, my original comment referred to the individual, not gross tax revenues. If you’re a person, and Doug’s promising to cancel your planned 2000 dollar wage hike but promising you 1100 dollars of tax cut, you’re still 900 bucks poorer for it.

Flat, U of T, and bacterial genetics.

So, you think it’s a good idea to fire someone for cause (the only way he’ll forfeit severance) without actually establishing that cause first? That seems… well, reckless. Perhaps you like paying legal fees, but if so, you can go ahead and volunteer to pay them. I’d rather they not raid my pockets throwing good money after bad, personally – Douggie’s supposed to stand for not doing that after all.
commented 2018-04-21 17:21:59 -0400
Andrew Stevenson first of all where is your PhD.?? Everybody wants to know what your thesis was about and what university you go to and who you submitted it to.! Secondly if it was a wrongful dismissal he has the full right to challenge it.. If he was fired for being crooked or incompetent and like I said he’s welcome to challenge it and to bring forth his evidence and try it directly against the evidence against him.. It appears he’s not in a hurry to do that so he’s glad to leave with a bag full of money that he stole and enjoy spending it. Case closed… NEXT..!!!
commented 2018-04-21 15:43:22 -0400
“Flat earth. .Flat water commented 13 hours ago
Usually most people get fired for a pretty good reason… If you had a PhD for real you would know that. "
I do know that, but the corollary to that is that firing someone without good reason is generally pretty messy. If you’re going to argue that hydro rates got out of hand under his watch, I’ll just point out that rates have declined since 2015 when he took the helm, voiding that reason.

“Drew Wakariuk commented 11 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson public service jobs are nothing to be proud of , nor do they pay the bills for the province. The service is already bloated and the subject was minimum wage jobs which will be killed by the raise, SO NO TAXES FROM THEM. Read your own comment to keep up. "
Don’t assume they were all public sector jobs – the majority of created jobs were private sector. (see cansim 282-0089)

Andy Neimers
“If Ontario Hydro failed to upgrade their various sources of cheap AC in subsequent years, then that is the fault of mouth breather greenie politicians who put up barriers to further development at Niagara or more nuclear stations… Windfarms are sure as hell not the answer given the criminal subsidies given to an obviously “wobbly” source, and the contracts handed out by McSquinty and then Winnie The Poo’s governments are a prime lesson in insanity in government… The combination of Tesla and Westinghouse opened the door in Niagara to cheap power for coming generations… Too bad too, too many greenies in Ontario evidently didn’t go to school to study history… "
Here’s the deal, though. Ontario DID upgrade those various sources. The problem was, that those cheap sources were primarily nuclear, which is only cheap as long as the government subsidizes their construction; and coal which was far cheaper in the past when emission controls were lax. Now, of course, the government no longer subsidizes power plant construction meaning generators must recoup their costs through operating charges.

Which means, that given that the vast majority of power plants in Ontario will be refurbished or replaced over about a 25 year period 2000-2025, gets expensive. Hydro isn’t necessarily a salvation either; Manitoba’s building new dams, and the crushing costs now mean it’s by far the most fiscally imperiled province in the country.

Wind power was indeed quite expensive ten years ago – but it’s not the biggest cost (nor is it actually expensive anymore – it’s actually the cheapest source now, since capital costs have come down so much and renewables don’t need fuel). What did the auditor say, that only a third of the global adjustment went to wind power? And that’s excluding the massive capital costs of rebuilding the nuclear plants, which is well into the tens of billions. That money has to come from somewhere.
commented 2018-04-21 04:14:19 -0400
Andrew Stephenson public service jobs are nothing to be proud of , nor do they pay the bills for the province. The service is already bloated and the subject was minimum wage jobs which will be killed by the raise, SO NO TAXES FROM THEM. Read your own comment to keep up.
commented 2018-04-21 04:10:28 -0400
There you go Andrew… Mr. Neimers just bitch slapped you all over with his comment below…
One other thing Andrew… Pull your skirt down because your autism is showing again and nobody wants to look at that.
commented 2018-04-21 03:48:17 -0400
Dear Ms. Stephenson – quote -" I’m fully aware of Niagara Falls’ history, but it’s kind of irrelevant – Ontario needs a whole lot more power than can be provided by it. In fact it’s part of the problem – they have more water quota at night, when it’s least needed."… No, it’s not “kind of irrelevant”… The four high consumer abrasives industries such as Lionite, Union Carbide and Carborundum, including the steel mills in Hamilton, located in the Niagara Peninsula because of cheap AC power from Niagara in the first place… If Ontario Hydro failed to upgrade their various sources of cheap AC in subsequent years, then that is the fault of mouth breather greenie politicians who put up barriers to further development at Niagara or more nuclear stations… Windfarms are sure as hell not the answer given the criminal subsidies given to an obviously “wobbly” source, and the contracts handed out by McSquinty and then Winnie The Poo’s governments are a prime lesson in insanity in government… The combination of Tesla and Westinghouse opened the door in Niagara to cheap power for coming generations… Too bad too, too many greenies in Ontario evidently didn’t go to school to study history…
commented 2018-04-21 02:50:35 -0400
But at least now he’ll have the time to spend the money he was stealing for those many years.!!
commented 2018-04-21 02:49:36 -0400
Usually most people get fired for a pretty good reason… If you had a PhD for real you would know that.
commented 2018-04-20 20:56:04 -0400
The CEO of TransAlta, one of the biggest generators in Alberta, took home more than 7 million last year, and that company’s less than half the size of Hydro One by revenue.

Other than that there really isn’t’ much of a basis for comparison between a largely private company like Hydro One, and the Crowns that run the power system in most provinces, but that’s not a particularly uncommon compensation figure for the head of a 5 billion dollar corporation.

Are you arguing that big government might actually work better than the private sector in a lot of cases? If so, that’s pretty left-wing.
commented 2018-04-20 18:05:18 -0400
Giving yourself a 1.5 million dollar bonus is a good reason to be fired. Add that to his 4.5 million dollar salary…..his counterparts in other provinces are not receiving salaries and bonuses like this.
Pig at a trough….Liberal government feeding his greed.
commented 2018-04-20 16:32:31 -0400
Attacking the person making an argument is usually a pretty good sign you can’t attack the argument itself.

You can be fired, but that doesn’t mean you should be.
commented 2018-04-20 14:10:52 -0400
And as far as the CEO goes… You don’t have to be a bad guy to get fired just an idiot .!!
commented 2018-04-20 13:39:17 -0400
Nope… it is not…!!!
You simply cannot make a statement like that and then refused to back it up.!
commented 2018-04-20 13:04:22 -0400
“Flat earth. .Flat water commented 13 hours ago
Andrew you don’t have an opinion until you show us your PhD that you were bragging about on an earlier post.. no bragging unless you’re willing to put up.!! "

My opinion would be equally valid were I a one-armed tree gnome that made a living sniffing dirty underwear.

I take it you agree with my comments then, since you haven’t actually addressed them?
commented 2018-04-20 13:01:47 -0400
“Drew Wakariuk commented 9 hours ago
Andrew and John go buy Facebook likes. LMAO! Such a pathetic Liberal thing to do. Why does the left love to fool themselves so much? "

Do you consider “queensquayKaren” and other fake twitter supporters bought by the Ford brothers in 2010 to be a “pathetic liberal thing to do” as well?

LMAO! And people without jobs do not pay taxes. What part of that don’t you get?”

What people would those be, bearing in mind that Ontario created 130,000 jobs in the 12 months from March 2017-18, nearly two jobs for each of its 70,000 new workers?

“Andy Neimers commented 10 hours ago
Ms. Stephenson…“3) Firing the CEO of Hydro One is absolutely bizarre, ignores his golden handshake, and does nothing about anything.”… Oh really?? That’s more spin hoping to ignore history that firing bad guys does indeed send a message “down the ranks”… I can guarantee you that the morning that happens there will be a lot more “puckered butts” in the senior ranks that let Hydro get so far detached from reality… You do know, I hope (!), that Niagara Falls was the site of the first AC power plants in North America that eventually powered the WHOLE WORLD to cheap electrical power??? What has happened in recent years under Winnie The Poo is a crime against humanity”

It’s not clear that the CEO of Hydro One is a “bad guy”, given that Ontario’s problem with nuclear cost overruns and night time power subsidies long predates him assuming the position in 2015. It’s pretty evident that this is just a pricey symbolic gesture on Ford’s part. Perhaps reactionary posturing is enough for you, but I’d like to see some sort of evidence that his severance would be 10m well spent.

I’m fully aware of Niagara Falls’ history, but it’s kind of irrelevant – Ontario needs a whole lot more power than can be provided by it. In fact it’s part of the problem – they have more water quota at night, when it’s least needed.
commented 2018-04-20 09:54:42 -0400
Every reference comparing Ford to Trump is a vote in the pocket for Ford.
commented 2018-04-20 09:47:14 -0400
“Schmidt job” – that is a perfect descriptive summary of Mayo Schmidt’s lack of performance. Let’s smear Wynne and the lying liberals with it too.
commented 2018-04-20 04:45:57 -0400
Winnie the Pooh…??? I think that is more like Winnie the wet greasy shit.
commented 2018-04-20 04:01:24 -0400
Andrew and John go buy Facebook likes. LMAO! Such a pathetic Liberal thing to do. Why does the left love to fool themselves so much?
commented 2018-04-20 03:40:00 -0400
John Wick Doug Ford is awesome. Your BS about him does not change that.
commented 2018-04-20 03:39:35 -0400
Andrew you mean that cut after being raped by them in the past which suddenly comes now that the election is coming close? LMAO! And people without jobs do not pay taxes. What part of that don’t you get? Andy answered the 3rd point quite nicely. But of course you do not get it.
commented 2018-04-20 02:44:45 -0400
Ms. Stephenson…“3) Firing the CEO of Hydro One is absolutely bizarre, ignores his golden handshake, and does nothing about anything.”… Oh really?? That’s more spin hoping to ignore history that firing bad guys does indeed send a message “down the ranks”… I can guarantee you that the morning that happens there will be a lot more “puckered butts” in the senior ranks that let Hydro get so far detached from reality… You do know, I hope (!), that Niagara Falls was the site of the first AC power plants in North America that eventually powered the WHOLE WORLD to cheap electrical power??? What has happened in recent years under Winnie The Poo is a crime against humanity!…
commented 2018-04-20 01:47:19 -0400
Wynne doesn’t have much time left before every stupid thing she dumped on the people of Ontario is obliterated. Looking forward to it.
commented 2018-04-20 00:23:07 -0400
Andrew you don’t have an opinion until you show us your PhD that you were bragging about on an earlier post.. no bragging unless you’re willing to put up.!!