I try my best not bringing up politics or religion. Being my last blog for 2018, I’m going out on a limb. No humor here. I ask only one thing. I’m talking about politics, please be as bipartisan as you possibly can.
A new party took over leadership of the province of Ontario recently with the premier saying promises made, promises kept.
Here’s what changed:
— Doug Ford did away with the province’s child advocate aimed at protecting and improving children’s lives.
— He cut funding education aimed at students who struggle most and provided jobs for other students.
— Here’s something I didn’t know. Highway signs proclaiming ‘Ontario was open for business’ – a pure public relations – plug paid not by his party – but by we the taxpayers.
– He cancelled electric-car rebates, there initially to encourage drivers to drive away from gas-guzzlers.
– Premier Doug Ford promised before the election he wouldn’t touch the greenbelt safeguarding areas around southern Ontario, including Niagara/Hamilton and the Greater Toronto area. Yet he has given his municipal affairs minister, at the request of municipalities, free to exempt commercial developments from a whole host of environmental laws. Don’t believe me? Check out Bill 66.
— This one really irks me. He revoked, immediately on getting into power, the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, as the previous government had done, to protect the most vulnerable workers.
Author’s comment: This is only the tip of the iceberg. He axed planned university campuses, one a French-speaking. He retroactively cut funding to the College of Midwives. Knocking the hell out of Ontario’s Clean Air Act, put in place after the Walkerton taint-water scandal. Read more elsewhere; I’m out of breath. Patience.