A TYPICAL PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT – WASTING PILES OF MONEY & ATTACKING TORONTO

<“IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING . . . NEXT!”, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator>

Premier DOUG FORD plans to slash nearly half of all TORONTO city council seats before the municipal election on October 22nd. That would mean going from 47 councillors to about 25. Ward boundaries would then match federal and provincial ridings.

Ford is also cancelling regional chair elections in Peel, Niagara and York regions.  A dozen councillors support Mr. Ford’s plan.

<‘SURPRISE!’, editorial cartoon by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, July 30th/2018>

<“IT WAS THE LOGICAL NEXT STEP.”, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, July 31/2018>

CANADA’s federal government says it will do whatever it can to protect TORONTO from the “vindictive and destructive” actions taken by Doug Ford and his administration. ADAM VAUGHAN , Liberal Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Affairs, says Ford is plunging TORONTO into chaos at a time when it needs stability the most.

Vaughan said the proposal is “reckless, irresponsible” and tosses TORONTO into a political storm when it needs leadership on critical files such as asylum seekers, gangs & guns, transit & housing. Vaughan went on to say Ford is taking these actions because “he doesn’t like Toronto” and accused him of “breaking” the city.

<PHOTO – Adam Vaughan/The Canadian Press>

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BLAYNE LASTMAN, SON OF FORMER MAYOR MEL, HAS 2ND THOUGHTS ABOUT RUNNING FOR MAYOR

You do the Hokey Pokey
and you turn yourself around
That what it’s all about.
<Former Mayor MEL LASTMAN (l) and his son, BLAYNE>

MR. LASTMAN is planning to put his support behind current mayor JOHN TORY in the upcoming municipal election on October 22/2018.

SHOCKING NEWS, BUT NOT SURPRISING – DOUG FORD’S HYDRO DISMISSALS WILL COST NEARLY $14-MILLION

Ontario Premier DOUG FORD has been saying that dismissing the electrical utility’s CEO and board is cost-free. A Globe and Mail analysis reveals the departures will cost nearly $14-million. Ex-CEO MAYO SCHMIDT will receive $9-million and board members a total of $4.9-million.

Shares have dropped as analysts worry political interference will negatively affect the company. – Globe and Mail, July 13/2018

ABOVE – ‘The $9-million man, MAYO SCHMIDT, chose to retire instead of resigning after about six months on the job, and will get close to the $10.7-million he’d have received in severance, along with stock options.  His pension of about $163,000 annually and benefits remain intact. – from columns and reportage in the Toronto Star, July 13/2018

TRUMP, YOU MADE US DO IT, AND WE DID IT – CANADA LOADS $16.6-BILLION IN TARIFFS ONTO U.S. GOODS

Our best friend and trading partner, the United States, has forced us into a no-win situation for both Americans and Canadians.

“CANADA has had no choice but to enforce reciprocal counter measures to the steel and aluminum tariffs that the United States imposed on June 1, 2018,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (office) said in a statement.  <PHOTO – The Canadian Press>

All three federal Canadian political parties (the New Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals) supported the Prime Minister’s move.  Where will this end?  Who knows?

Steel products of all kinds – bars, rods, coils, stainless steel, tin-coated, flat-rolled, tubes and pipes, etc

Aluminum products, Wisconsin yoghurt, roasted coffee, prepared meals, maple sugar, maple syrup, toffee, licorice candy, sugar confectionary, chocolate, pizza, quiche, cucumbers, gerkins, strawberry jam, orange juice, soya sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, sauces, soups, Tennessee & Kentucky whiskies, manicure and pedicure preparations, hair lacquers, deodorizers, liquids and creams, automatic dishwasher detergents, candles, tapers, glues, adhesives, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, sacks and bags, cones, tableware, kitchenware, toilet articles, hygienic articles, plywood, veneered panels, similar laminated wood, paper, paperboard, toilet paper, handkerchiefs, facial tissues, towels, bobbins, spools, postcards, cast iron grilles, parts for stoves, parts for refrigerator-freezers, combined refrigerator-freezers, dish washers, lawn mowers, sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, seats, motorboats, pillows, cushions, bedding, playing cards, ball point pens and markers – 250 products in total.

<JULY 1ST – RETALIATORY TARIFFS, editorial cartoon by GREG PERRY/Toronto Star>

EYEBALL TO EYEBALL – CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL CONFRONTS ‘POTUS’ AT QUEBEC’S G-7 SUMMIT

Canadians are furious today at some of the tweets made by POTUS, while winging his way to Singapore for a showdown with Kim Jong-Un of NORTH KOREA. And well they should be. Arriving late at the G-7 gathering in La Baie, QUEBEC, and leaving early – the Trumpster more-or-less trashed the Summit and Canada’s Prime Minister. He essentially called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a liar who made “false statements” about Canada-US trade.

DONALD TRUMP – “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the (G-7) Communique, as we look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the US market.” – Sunday Star, June 10/2018

20 MINUTES AFTER THE POLLS CLOSED, DOUG FORD & HIS TORYS SPRINTED TOWARD VICTORY

<“OH BOY!”, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June 8/2018>

ONTARIO woke up this morning to a Progressive Conservative majority government, headed by a controversial premier – DOUG FORD. Torontonians have already enjoyed four years of chaos with Doug’s younger brother – former mayor, the late ROB FORD – and now we’re in for another term of Ford-style governing, only on a much grander scale.

OUT OF 124 SEATS in the Legislative Assembly – Progressive Conservatives 76; New Democrats 39; Liberals 7; and the Green Party 1.

The New Democrat’s ANDREA HORWATH will head the Opposition. Both the Green Party and the Liberals ‘achieved’ non-party status. Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE saved her seat but will resign as Leader of the Liberal Party,

<The ‘Pink Palace’ (Legislative Assembly) will soon be rockin’>