Saturday, May 31, 2014

Week 3 of the Ontario election and the Liberals resort to empty campaign promises

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald and Huffington Post Canada


There’s just no way the Ontario Liberals can put a positive spin on their legacy. Whether it’s what they’ve done or what they say they want to do, everything this Liberal government touches turns to greed, corruption, scandal, mismanagement, or cronyism. It’s been that way since Dalton McGuinty took office in 2003, and it’s continuing with Kathleen Wynne in charge.
It all started in 2003 when Dalton McGuinty pledged to balance the budget and not raise taxes. Suddenly, within a month of taking office, his promise became “oops! We took another look at our plan, and balance won’t be happening any time soon!”
Since then, the Liberal legacy has been lie after lie, scandal after scandal, waste after waste.

Our debt has doubled. We haven’t seen a balanced budget in years.
The Liberals wasted a billion dollars on eHealth, billions on reckless green energy experiments, and another $1.1 billion.
We’ve lost manufacturing jobs to other jurisdictions, like Quebec or Michigan.
The Liberals introduced full-day kindergarten with no plan to pay for it, and then decided they would also push this radical sex education agenda onto children as young as eight.
They banned pitbulls and threatened to fine restaurants that didn’t have calorie counts on their menus.
Public sector employees have been bankrolled with generous salary increases – all paid for by you and me – so the Liberals could count on bought-and-paid-for support come election time. The Sunshine List has exploded.
That’s the Liberal legacy after 11 years at Queens Park. They know it’s their legacy, so they’re avoiding it by resorting to empty promises and baseless attacks against the Opposition parties.
Even the media knows it, which is why we’ve heard very little questions about the Liberal plan, and a whole lot more about Tim Hudak’s Million Jobs Plan.
Three weeks into the campaign, on May 25, the Liberals released their platform, and it’s just as scary as the budget they proposed that triggered this election.
The Liberal platform basically sticks to the Ontario budget presented last month, with a few contingent promises removed and some others given slight tweaks.
Kathleen Wynne’s plan promises “only” two more years of deficit spending, with “only” $9 billion in deficit spending for 2015-2016. Then, somehow, two years later, the budget would be balanced, program spending would be the same, and interest payments would be $3 billion higher.
Where that money will come from has yet to be explained. A Liberal government under Wynne would introduce yet another tax: this one a payroll tax that would cost each person up to $3420 per year.
There was some other stuff, like promising $1 billion in Ring of Fire mining development after the missteps of McGuinty and Wynne led the companies that were trying to work there to close shop and sue the government for their mismanagement.
Or capping hospital parking fees for frequent visitors.
Or giving municipalities the opportunity to use ranked ballots to elect city councillors.
Or “help people manage electricity costs.”
They’re just empty promises. Notice, for example, that Wynne didn’t promise to lower electricity costs – she just said her government would help you manage them. Well, to “manage” a cost for every resident that has exploded under the Liberal government might just mean a fancy red flyer that says “hey, Jim, use less electricity!”
As of May 28, the Liberals have overtaken the Conservatives, 35.8% to 33.2%. The NDP remain in third place with 22.7%.
These are all empty promises that don’t even matter: what matters is the terrible, inexcusable legacy that the Liberal government has left for Ontario. What Ontario needs now is to learn about the true legacy left by the Liberals, then make sure they vote on or before June 12.
Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record is available in paper copy through Freedom Press Canada and in paper and e-book format through Amazon.ca.

Tom Mulcair shrugs off illegal satellite offices: "we all do it!"

And the reward for most pathetic excuse ever goes to...



See also: Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer says the NDP did not ask him or his office about the NDP's illegal satellite office scheme.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Join me for my Ottawa book launch: June 7, 2014

All media and supporters are invited to my Ottawa book launch of Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record.


Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Connemara Bed and Breakfast
7060 Donwel Drive
Greely, ON K4P 1M7

(Approximately 20 minutes from Downtown Ottawa)

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Lilley, host of Byline on the Sun News Network

Timings:
1pm: Opening remarks from Tristan Emmanuel, President and CEO, Freedom Press Canada
1:10: Introduction by Brian Lilley
1:20: Remarks by Daniel Dickin, author, on Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record
1:30: Questions and answers with author
1:45: Book purchases and signing
3:00: Conclusion

To RSVP: contact Tristan Emmanuel at tristan@freedompress.ca.

For media inquiries, contact Daniel Dickin at Daniel@danieldickin.ca

Daniel is available for media interviews and comment outside of this launch. Please contact Daniel at the email address above.

This event is also on Facebook. Invite your friends and family!

Monday, May 26, 2014

12 years later, the Liberals are STILL complaining about Mike Harris

Mike Harris left office 12 years ago - yes, 12 YEARS AGO - yet Kathleen Wynne's Liberals are still attacking him in a desperate attempt to paint Hudak as the new Harris.

The Liberals claim Hudak's One Million Jobs Plan is "the same empty promise", the same story "we've seen before."

Wow.  Just wow.  Give it a rest already.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ontario's history of deficits and debt

Ontario's debt since 1985.  The debt has only gone up, except for the period in the early 2000s where it almost flat-lined, before being doubled by the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.

Today, every Ontario man, woman, and child owes over $20,000 to pay off their share of the debt.  This number has also doubled since Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne's Liberals took office.

(Click graphs to enlarge)




Ontario's skyrocketing debt and massive deficit budgets is just one of the many issues discussed in my new book Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record.  Get your copy here!

First Working Families ad quotes one columnist, from one newspaper



The Working Families Coalition - er, sorry - Working Families Ontario have released their first attack ad, and guess what, it's anti-conservative.

Working Families have only recently been exposed for what they are - an anti-conservative front group - but they have been behind every Ontario election since 2003, vowing to never let another conservative get into office.

While they're not officially connected to the Liberal Party, their campaigns by former and connected Liberal staffers have criticized the Progressive Conservative Party to the benefit of the Liberals.

Their first ad for the 2014 Ontario election is above, and it's, well, peculiar.

It claims Hudak's party has been "misleading voters" because their Million Jobs Plan uses "voodoo math" to "manipulate voters."

Strong claims, right?  But these aren't the words of the Working Families, but rather selective quotes from one columnist from one article in the St. Catharines Standard.  Here's the article, in which Grant LaFleche makes the complaints Working Families is now repeating.

Note that this is not an attack on the author of the article.  I just find it peculiar that the Working Families would quote one columnist from one publication as the source for their first attack ad.

The Working Families Coalition is just one of the many topics discussed in my new book Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record.  Every Ontario voter needs a copy.  Get your copy today!

Endorsement of Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record

“Dickin's book tells the real story of the financial disaster that Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne's governments have been. They have padded the pockets of their friends at the expense of taxpayers. They have dragged Ontario through endless fiascoes, whether it's eHealth, Ornge, OLG, or reckless and expensive experiments with “green energy.” They have caused Ontario's credit rating to be lowered time and time again. Their financial record is one of shame, leaving the crushing burden of thousands of dollars per person of debt and waseful Liberal experiments to be paid off by the next generation of Ontarians.”

Peter Coleman
President & CEO
National Citizens Coalition

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Liars is a best selling book - but more needs to be done

Friends,


I would like to take a brief moment to thank you for supporting my book Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record.

Your support in this book's first month on the shelves has made it Amazon.ca's best seller in TWO categories.

But we can't stop here.

The Ontario election is already into its third week and the polls are showing Kathleen Wynne's Liberals with a slight lead. The Liberals and the NDP have attempted to shift the focus of the campaign onto Tim Hudak's Million Jobs Plan rather than where it should be: on the Liberals' reckless record of lies, deceit, deficits, debt, more taxes, and never-ending scandal.

The Liberals and their crony friends will have no problem ramping up the rhetoric and the lies in an attempt to take the focus off their record.

Voters will have no doubt for whom they need to vote after reading this book.

Just imagine if even 1 percent of eligible voters bought a copy of Liars.


The McGuinty-Wynne Liberals would finally be held to account for their true legacy. Voters would have absolutely no hesitation about knowing who to vote for on June 12!

If you have yet to purchase the book, please get your copy today through Amazon.ca or direct through the publisher at FreedomPress.ca. You can purchase an e-book or paper copy – whichever you choose.

If you have purchased the book, thank you so much for your support! Would you mind also recommending this book to your friends and family, and reviewing the book through Amazon? Your feedback will let others know how important this book is to read.

Once you've read the book, please ensure you spread the word through social media and word-of-mouth. Every Ontario voter needs a copy of Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record.

Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record is an Amazon best seller!

As of 4:00pm May 22, 2014


I'm thrilled to see that Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne record is an Amazon best seller in TWO categories: political leadership and conservatism and liberalism!

Do you have your copy yet? Get yours today by clicking here!

Monday, May 19, 2014

One week into the campaign, only Hudak has a plan for Ontario

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald and Huffington Post Canada


The first week of Ontario's election campaign has come and gone, and it's clear where at least one of the parties stand and where they intend to go.
Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives came out of the gate with their Million Jobs Plan, a plan to create one-million jobs in Ontario over eight years. By releasing his platform so early, Hudak is framing the debate that will ensue around the desperate issues that matter to Ontarians: jobs, taxes, and the economy, all of which are hurting Ontarians at every turn. Gas prices are up 40 per cent, electricity costs just went up, and Wynne's Liberal budget that triggered this election actually proposed to increase taxes and spend more, yet still balance the books -- eventually.
Hudak's platform is bold and necessary. There is no question that Ontario will have to face the issues that have been repeatedly raised by experts, economists, teachers, and politicians from across the province, country, and world. Hudak's Million Jobs Plan is an homage to Mike Harris, who created 1.2-million jobs during his eight years in office while reducing income taxes and fixing Ontario's government.
The potential downfall for Hudak's early release is that his best ideas can be cherry picked like the Liberals and NDP did in 2011, promising to do the same as Hudak had promised several months before the writ for that election dropped.
But while Hudak has already released his platform, and thus has the next month to campaign on its merits, both the NDP and Liberals have been distracted fighting each other for the left. Apparently, Kathleen Wynne is "what leadership is" while Andrea Horwath offers "leadership that delivers." To Wynne, leadership is being able to "stand up" to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, while Horwath's leadership-on-delivery stems from her propping up of the minority Liberal government since 2011.
Wynne wants to create an Ontario Pension Plan, because apparently the Liberals want yet another OPP acronym attached to their record for life.
Horwath, meanwhile, has struggled to define her campaign after being pre-empted by a Liberal budget to the left of the NDP. Now, both have to battle for the left and centre-left. Horwath would hire a government minister to find savings and introduce a 10 per cent tax credit for businesses hiring new employees.
The Liberals promised to maybe, kind of, sort of, eventually implement some of the Drummond Report, which among other things said Ontario would need a drastic 17 per cent reduction in government spending in order to sustain the Liberals' wants and demands. The math was straight forward: either cut services, raise taxes, or a combination of both. Only one week in, Wynne's campaign took a desperate turn as it stopped at a Walkerton water facility and claimed electing a Conservative government would cause another Walkerton tragedy.
Clearly, Hudak is counting on Ontarians' understanding of the desperate need for change in the way the province is governed -- everything, from the economy to the size of the public service to the benefits Ontarians receive, must be on the table if Ontario is to get back on track.
Ontario has seen such leadership before, as Mike Harris' government was elected with not one but two majority governments to clean up Ontario after a decade of Liberal and NDP governments. Harris left an incredibly positive legacy which many Ontarians remember, and which many see as the necessary returning point in order to get the province back on track.
The polls have been supportive of Hudak's plan and clarity. As of May 15, the Conservatives had a 40 per cent lead to the Liberals 33.1 per cent and the NDP's 22.1 per cent.
Ontario is one week into the campaign, and only one party has revealed its plan to get Ontario back on track.
Dickin's book on the legacy of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne's Liberals, Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record, is available in paper copy through Freedom Press Canada and in paper copy and e-book format through Amazon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Interview on The Arena with Michael Coren

In case you missed it, here's my interview from May 13, 2014 on The Arena with Michael Coren.

What are you waiting for? Get the book now!


Monday, May 12, 2014

The Ontario budget no one asked for - from the Premier no one's voted for

For the Prince Arthur Herald and Huffington Post Canada

It's hard to imagine how the Ontario Liberals and Kathleen Wynne could have possibly thought their 2014 budget would fly with either the New Democrats or the Progressive Conservatives.
Increased payroll taxes would cost the average full-time worker $893 more per year.
A mandatory "Ontario Pension Plan" would become yet another deduction on your paycheque, just like the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
The "Debt Retirement Charge" -- to retire a debt that was paid off in 2010 -- would finally be taken off hydro bills by January 2016, saving Ontarians $70 per year.
Yet the "Clean Energy Benefit" -- the government hydro subsidy to offset the more expensive cost of producing "clean" energy -- would also disappear, costing Ontarians an additional $180 per year.
Tobacco taxes would be raised 1.6 cents per cigarette, or an additional $3.25 in taxes per carton.
A new high income earner tax bracket would be created for individuals making over $150,000 per year.
The list goes on. And what's noticeably absent is any plan to get Ontario out of its decade of darkness and put it back on track to being the Canadian powerhouse it once was.
As I said before, it's hard to imagine how the Ontario Liberals thought they could create a budget to the left of the NDP and think the NDP would support it.
Then again, the 21st century Ontario Liberals have never been good at working with other parties. Dalton McGuinty was used to getting his way -- in his days, he only had to answer to his Liberal Party and union buddies. Within a year of being elected with a minority government -- where he, appallingly, had to work with the PCs and NDP -- he resigned and fled to Harvard University.
Kathleen Wynne has not been any better. All those pesky Conservatives want to talk about is reducing taxes and creating jobs, and all those irritating New Democrats want to talk about is capping public sector salaries and raising taxes. The nerve!
Kathleen Wynne has never been given a mandate by the Ontario people to lead Canada's largest province. She's never had to stand before voters to justify what she wants Ontario to be and how we'll get there. All we know is that she loves running (on the wrong side of the road). She's been leading a government for 15 months without having to answer to those whom she represents.
And no Liberal has yet been held accountable for the $1.1 Billion gas plant scandal - let alone Wynne, who personally signed off on the decision as the Liberal campaign manager and a member of the McGuinty cabinet.
The 2014-2015 budget is only the latest example of how far out of touch the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals are from every day Ontarians.
This is the legacy of the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals that I write about in my new book, Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record. No author has written about the real legacy of Dalton McGuinty's near-decade in power, nor the continuation of that legacy under Wynne. Both have been obsessed with massive debt and deficit, expensive green energy experiments, and embroiled in scandal after scandal after scandal.
It was the Liberals who triggered this election. But they didn't trigger this election because they thought they could get a mandate for its new "revenue tools" or plans to expand some highways or to implement a new mandatory pension plan that no one asked for.
They triggered this election because they are really, really out of touch with every day Ontarians and their needs.
I hope this election brings them back to reality - by throwing them out of government.
Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record is available in paper copy through Freedom Press Canada and in paper copy and e-book format through Amazon.ca.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Have you heard about the Justin Trudeau carbon tax?

I have:


Yet, for some strange reason (sarcasm), Trudeau's own natural resources critic Geoff Regan hasn't heard about his plan.

Ontario government won't release public service size figures

Ever since this post, I've been waiting to hear back from the Ontario Public Service about their additional figures on part-time and contract-based employees.  Just releasing "full time equivalent" employee numbers does not accurately show the size of Ontario's public sector, nor does it show trends over time (for example, if the use of contracted employees has increased).

Now with Tim Hudak announcing he would lay off 100,000 Ontario civil servants, questions are being raised about how much of a cut this would be.

And the answer to those questions is that we simply don't know.  How many employees are working on contracts?  How many are part-time?  How many are full-time?  These are three common and reasonable classifications of employees that should be answered.  The federal government has very clear data on the demographics of their employees, including rank (pay grade) and whether they're indeterminate (full time), contract-based, or students.

When I asked the Ontario Public Service for a response, after three weeks of prompting, the answer I finally got was that they did "not have data (neither current nor historical) on the numbers of positions in either agencies of the public service, nor the broader Ontario public sector."

How can the Ontario government not have such basic information?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New ad for my book!

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

The truth hurts

The cost of the Liberals' cancelled gas plants: $1.1 Billion

The cost of holding an Ontario election: $90 million


The cost of throwing out the most corrupt and scandal-plagued government in Ontario's history: priceless