June 08, 2018

Ontario’s Doug Ford beats the NDP, the Liberal Party and the Media Party — and they are already vowing to “resist”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives won a resounding majority government in Ontario. He got 40.5 per cent of the vote, which is strong in a race with three competitive parties.

(In the last election, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals got a bit less, 38.6 per cent, and even less in the previous election. I mention this because of course, already, there are the usual voices claiming that he doesn’t have a mandate, that most people voted against him, and so forth.)

I must have read a thousand stories in the campaign comparing Ford to Trump — it was an easy way for these Canadian journalists to pretend they were fighting against the great satan in the U.S., by fighting the little satan in Ontario.

And it stopped them from having to actually pay attention to what Ontario voters cared about. Because they hate Ontario voters, too.

TONIGHT I'll show you some of their unhinged post-election night tweets. Like this from Maclean's magazine, that gets $1.5 million a year from Trudeau:

Experts aren’t sure what is behind the populist wave that has pushed loud-mouthed guyslike Ford to the fore in democracies around the world, but there are some theories...

This is the same sneering that got Ford elected in the first place.

My point is:

Doug Ford just smashed the conventional wisdom —but it wasn’t real wisdom. It was the wisdom of the elite clique that thought it spoke for all of Ontario.

They just learned they don't. So they’re not going to let Doug Ford do anything —they’re swearing total war.

They’d rather have Ontario fail, than Doug Ford succeed...

NEXT: Our own David Menzies covered the campaign, and joins me to talk about what's next for Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives.

 

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commented 2018-06-14 13:05:06 -0400
The Election of Doug Ford close a Very Dark Chapter for the people of Ontario!

It marks the end of an Evil Empire…

No more choosing between having Xmas lights or eating , no more promoting sexual deviance and the Office of the Premiere will no longer serve as a opportunity for Evil to utilize it to further their own personal agenda/beliefs.
commented 2018-06-12 12:34:36 -0400
The stupid liberal governments of McGuinty and Wynne were responsible for spending all that money, increasing the provincial debt and increasing the cost of hydro to the citizens of the province.
A bunch of lying idiots.
All they needed to do was sign a contract with Quebec for the supply of hydro from the sprawling Manicouagan hydro production facilities.
Ah, but that makes too much sense!
Bunch of idiots, the whole lot of them!
commented 2018-06-12 10:33:54 -0400
“Ndp Sucks commented 1 day ago
So Wynne cancels the gas plant contract for a cool one billion and then proceeds to install uneeded, inefficient, unreliable, expensive wind farms and you can’t see where Ford can achieve efficiencies.”
Vote-buying 7 years ago is an “efficiency” that can be saved? If this is an ongoing problem why no more recent examples? Oh, and by 2011, the GEA payouts were much lower than originally since green energy has gotten cheaper over time.

If you’re upset about vote-buying, then Ford is just as guilty – the added cost of that subway stop in Scarborough, that Ford is partly responsible for, is at least as expensive as the gas plants were. At recent estimate, that pork barrels’ nearly twice the size .

“Then Wynne sells surplus electricity to the US at a huge discount while charging exorbitant prices in Ontario”
This is unfortunate, but the collapse in demand in the mid-2000s was completely unforseen, and due to contractual obligations, there’s not a lot they can do about it.

“While the exodus of manufacturing jobs goes from Ontario to the US for cheap electricity you have a problem seeing where Ford can find efficiencies”
If you ask Trump, the “exodus” is the other way.
If you look at Cansim table 282-0089, Ontario had 780,000 manufacturing jobs in Feb 2013, when Wynne took power, and 760,000 in the most recent labour forcce survey (although it was 780,000 as recently as March ‘18) and with a standard error of 17,000, it means there has been no “mass exodus” under Wynne. It’s been remarkably stable, actually.

This is not an “efficiency” even were the claim underlying true. “Geez Andy, then you say it was a demand supply problem compounded by contracts. Give your head a shake. Wynne rammed these wind farms down everyone’s throat and you think it was a contract problem.”

The GEA predates Wynne, but yes, the addition of wind turbines added to the glut. However, they’re not the only source of it.

“You trying to tell me Wynne isn’t a sexual pervert? You do remember Wynne blew the budget when she was with the school board even though it was against the law?”
No, I don’t remember this. Link, please. This one’s pretty arcane, I think.

“You do remember that perverted freak Levin who created the sex ed curriculum?”
I don’t , because he didn’t. One person does not singlehandedly write the curriculum, it was based upon existing curricula already in place in other provinces, and do you find teaching kids about personal hygiene to be overtly offensive?

Most of the objections to the sex ed curriculum are against things not actually in it. My challenge to you is the same as anywhere else. The actual curriculum is here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/sex-education-ontario . Please tell me which specific component you find so offensive. Not the Granic-Allen-esque hyperbole … but actual components. “You do remember Ford putting the school boards on notice?”

I’m sure he dd, but it gets lost in all the other meaningless yelling about nothing the Fords are famous for. “Geez Andy, and you still wonder about where Ford will find efficiencies.”

“Putting the school boards on notice” isn’t an efficiency either. Will he finally kill the Catholic boards? If so, it would piss off a LOT of Conservatives who are quite fond of it and who will simply decide it a part of the “war on Christianity”. “How about everywhere and anything Wynne has touched. That’s right Andy, Ford is going to do an audit and he is going to find waste EVERYWHERE and that’s not even touching corruption. "

What if the audit doesn’t find anything? I remember the one he did in Toronto was actually quite unproductive, and found barely enough “efficiency” to even pay the cost of the audit.
commented 2018-06-11 01:17:18 -0400
So Wynne cancels the gas plant contract for a cool one billion and then proceeds to install uneeded, inefficient, unreliable, expensive wind farms and you can’t see where Ford can achieve efficiencies. Then Wynne sells surplus electricity to the US at a huge discount while charging exorbitant prices in Ontario. While the exodus of manufacturing jobs goes from Ontario to the US for cheap electricity you have a problem seeing where Ford can find efficiencies. Geez Andy, then you say it was a demand supply problem compounded by contracts. Give your head a shake. Wynne rammed these wind farms down everyone’s throat and you think it was a contract problem.

You trying to tell me Wynne isn’t a sexual pervert? You do remember Wynne blew the budget when she was with the school board even though it was against the law? You do remember that perverted freak Levin who created the sex ed curriculum? You do remember Ford putting the school boards on notice? Geez Andy, and you still wonder about where Ford will find efficiencies. How about everywhere and anything Wynne has touched. That’s right Andy, Ford is going to do an audit and he is going to find waste EVERYWHERE and that’s not even touching corruption.
commented 2018-06-11 01:17:11 -0400
So Wynne cancels the gas plant contract for a cool one billion and then proceeds to install uneeded, inefficient, unreliable, expensive wind farms and you can’t see where Ford can achieve efficiencies. Then Wynne sells surplus electricity to the US at a huge discount while charging exorbitant prices in Ontario. While the exodus of manufacturing jobs goes from Ontario to the US for cheap electricity you have a problem seeing where Ford can find efficiencies. Geez Andy, then you say it was a demand supply problem compounded by contracts. Give your head a shake. Wynne rammed these wind farms down everyone’s throat and you think it was a contract problem.

You trying to tell me Wynne isn’t a sexual pervert? You do remember Wynne blew the budget when she was with the school board even though it was against the law? You do remember that perverted freak Levin who created the sex ed curriculum? You do remember Ford putting the school boards on notice? Geez Andy, and you still wonder about where Ford will find efficiencies. How about everywhere and anything Wynne has touched. That’s right Andy, Ford is going to do an audit and he is going to find waste EVERYWHERE and that’s not even touching corruption.
commented 2018-06-10 11:29:02 -0400
Ndp Sucks commented 11 hours ago
Andy Stephenson has a problem recognizing government inefficiency under Wynee. Geez Andy, you are sinking lower every day. Your pathetic arguments are getting weaker too. Take a quick peek at the Green Energy Act if you want to see inefficiency. What do you call the cancellation of the natural gas plants? Was that inefficiency, vote buying, or both? You are starting to become comical instead of a nuisance Andy. Looking forward to your future embarrassments.

My arguments are apparently pretty strong, given that you don;’t seem to be able to refute them, despite your vigorous protestations of low quality.

That much waste should be evident in more than vague allusions to the possibility of waste. If you have to go back 7 years to find an example, it may not be as widespread as you claim. And, yes, that was vote-buying, although Ford’s not exactly immune to that sort of thing (subways subways subways, folks! 3.5 billion dollars for one stop!)

The GEA, and more broadly, the electricity situation in general (2/3of the proclaimed overpayment is to non-GEA sources, although the bigger piece is often ignored in the name of specific political posturing against renewables driven mostly by NIMBYism and/or fear of change), is mostly a product of the long lead time on electricity planning.

Here’s the scenario. It’s 2004, and the power grid is on the verge of collapse. There are broad shortages, talk of running diesel generators on the street, so little slack in the system that a rogue tree branch in Ohio set off cascading failures that took down almost all of Ontario, etc. So, you build a bunch of new power plants to serve demand growth. Five years later, the demand hasn’t materialized, In fact, a massive recession has done the opposite, and reduced demand dramatically, which never returned to former levels. So, you have a large surplus of power, and contractual obligations to buy it. What do you do, bearing in mind the legal and contractual frameworks that the government operates in? Tearing up contracts willy-nilly is how they ended up on the hook for a billion dollars in cancellation fees on the Mississauga and Oakville plants. So, what do you do?

By the way, the real overpayments under the GEA were a decade ago. The price has come down enormously – the last batch of wind contracts I’m aware of went out at about 7 cents per kwh two years ago, and it’s even cheaper now – the EIA in the US has some pretty comprehensive tables of costs of new power, and remarkably, wind power’s the cheapest.
commented 2018-06-10 11:13:00 -0400
It would be interesting to get a glimpse of the unredacted contracts between the McGuinty/Wynne liberals and Samsung. They say “follow the money”. I bet there’s a trail of kickback leading right to the pockets of these 2 shysters.
commented 2018-06-10 11:00:34 -0400
Regarding Ford. It will be interesting to see what he has to say, after he has looked at what Wynne hasn’t yet scrubbed and deleted. I wish there were some way to make these crooks accountable, at least after they are given the boot by the people. The damage one leader can do, has sure been driven home with the likes of Justin, Wynne and Notley. They are not called the destroyers for nothing.
commented 2018-06-10 10:55:59 -0400
“What a dream if Justin is forced to resign before the 2019 election.”
The only way for that to happen Ron, is for intervention from above. Unfortunately Justin has his own ‘higher authorities’, who will make sure he sheds these accusations. Some of Justin’s best buds are seasoned snakes, who have ample personal experience in just these sorts of ‘situations’.
It is a lovely thought, though a frustrating one, due to its unlikelihood.

The fact that he said, had he known the woman was a reporter he wouldn’t have " been so forward" kind of says it all.
commented 2018-06-10 10:08:39 -0400
Ding dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead!
commented 2018-06-10 02:31:19 -0400
Ron, the groping of a young reporter 18 years ago is the tip of the iceberg. More to come.
commented 2018-06-10 00:55:15 -0400
What a dream if Justin is forced to resign before the 2019 election. because of the groping scandal. Maybe the Liberals would give Catherine Mckenna the job.
Can anyone imagine Trump trying to explain Tariffs to that woman.
commented 2018-06-10 00:13:01 -0400
Math question for you Andy. What does a Dodge Caravan and the Liberal Party of Ontario have in common? If you said 7 seats you would be correct.
commented 2018-06-09 23:37:09 -0400
Andy Stephenson has a problem recognizing government inefficiency under Wynee. Geez Andy, you are sinking lower every day. Your pathetic arguments are getting weaker too. Take a quick peek at the Green Energy Act if you want to see inefficiency. What do you call the cancellation of the natural gas plants? Was that inefficiency, vote buying, or both? You are starting to become comical instead of a nuisance Andy. Looking forward to your future embarrassments.
commented 2018-06-09 23:26:15 -0400
Robert, its a bromance if I ever saw one.
commented 2018-06-09 23:25:41 -0400
What ever you say Andrew. Enjoy.
commented 2018-06-09 22:31:28 -0400
liza rosie commented 7 hours ago
“I wish I had a penny for every time Ford has explained how he is going to ‘pay’ for tax cuts. I know the word ‘efficiencies’ is a new one to the alt left, but if they understood how it worked, Ontario wouldn’t be one of the most debt ridden places on earth.”
That’s what I mean. Talk is cheap and his past promises of finding “efficiencies” were not particularly impressive in their implementation.

Further, this does not address the basic arithmetic problem in six billion dollars not covering eight billion dollars in tax cuts, nor doing anything to address the existing deficit, which is at least another five, and possibly quite a bit more.

“He said he isn’t putting anyone out of work, but that doesn’t mean he is hiring anymore civil servants.”
The dominant form of hiring isn’t office drones, but rather doctors and teachers. The former, in particular, are already short-staffed and getting worse between the aging Boomers, and the fact that a huge number of doctors are Boomers themselves – and tremendously expensive. "

" He is going to tender everything out so there will be no more filling the pockets of ‘friends’ at the expense of the tax payer"

Everything is already tendered out. Or, are you referring to privatizing Crowns, such as the LCBO or Hydro One? “Stuff like that Andrew, now lets hear your lame objections.

Go. "

Questions are not objections.

“Ndp Sucks commented 6 hours ago
Libtard hypocrites like Andy will expect Ford to fix all the McGuilty/Whiny mess and by god if he doesn’t do it then they are going to hold him accountable. Yes siree bob.
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My expectation is that a guy running on fixing a problem, wouldn’t deliberately make it worse.

“Andy if you had two clues to rub together you would be dangerous. Efficiencies means smart spending, reduce spending, setting priorities toward service delivery, reduction of the civil service through attrition, establishment reviews, holding ministers accountable. For the past 15 years Ontario had none of the above and in fact was the opposite and where were you during this time Andy, reading shite from the Broadbent Institute or Mein Kampf? "

And a particular example of a governmetn inefficiency would be, and how much does that particular inefficiency actually cost taxpayers?

" Ford will have to choose between two unpleasant options: either keep spending at the Liberal rate (I don’t think he will do that) or start cutting the fat out of the system and lower taxes to stimulate the economy, as Trump has done very successfully in the U.S. Time for sanity in Ontario. :"

The problem with Trump’s tax cuts is that they’ve doubled their deficit instantly. The US Fed is borrowing at far higher rates than Ontario is – in the midst of a supposed boom. What happens if there’s a recession? The same is true in Ontario – if you’re drowning in debt, the last thing you want to do is quit your job.
commented 2018-06-09 21:45:08 -0400
I was referring to Liza Rosie’s pic of trudeau and what’s his name….macron..
commented 2018-06-09 21:30:14 -0400
Holy friggin shit..

That pic says it all about the shape Canada is in and the direction it’s going…pukesville/France…Germany…Sweden!

They are one step away from getting a room…
commented 2018-06-09 20:54:11 -0400
I caught that too 😂 whoops! Ezra just maybe spoke a little too fast 😁❤️🔥🇨🇦🇮🇱🇺🇸🇬🇧

JSMART commented 18 hours ago
41:01 Who is “Kathleen Ford” ? – who cares it is maybe the best day in Ontario in 2 decades.
commented 2018-06-09 17:57:40 -0400
Robert Dunning,

Ontarians didn’t care that the Liberals destroyed their economy and provincial finances, they didn’t care that the Liberals were mired in scandals… but when they started messing with the children, that was the last straw.

The lesson for the Liberals and NDP and red Tories is this: You screw with our kids, and you’re going down. Hopefully they learn the lesson that Wynne learned the hard way, and never mess with the children again.
commented 2018-06-09 17:46:28 -0400
Yep, Justin sure cares about women, doesn’t he?
commented 2018-06-09 17:46:24 -0400
amazing. with all their media puke and scum right at the end of the election and yet doug still wins big. no ontario fan but common sense can even prevail there, maybe there is hope for canada[regardless of course what uncommonsense people do in quebec].
commented 2018-06-09 17:46:22 -0400
Ohh..did I speak out of line?…I said the word men…after all it’s 2018…I should of said “peoplekind”…
commented 2018-06-09 17:20:04 -0400
I wonder how many men could survive a 30 minute beating from an individual male with a hockey stick??
commented 2018-06-09 17:11:21 -0400
Let’s not forget about the hockey stick beating for 30 minutes…Where was the outrage from trudeau..Where was the outrage from METOO….