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Ontario election campaign officially begins

Lt. Gov. David Onley will meet with Ontario's chief electoral officer to formally sign the writs

Ontario's political leaders began campaigning last Friday after Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Lt. Gov. David Onley to ask him to dissolve the legislature, but the official campaign period for the June 12 election doesn't begin until today (Wednesday).
    
Onley took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain the actual process under the province's Elections Act for starting the campaign.
    
The Lieutenant Governor is required to sign two ``writs of election'' for each of Ontario's 107 electoral districts, or ridings, 214 in all.
    
Onley will meet Wednesday with Ontario's chief electoral officer, Greg Essena, to formally sign the writs, one copy of which goes to the returning officer and the second is retained for records. Both copies are archived after the election.
    
Onley has been known to politely remind journalists that elections writs are not ``dropped'' but are drawn up.
    
Elections in Ontario begin on a Wednesday and are held on a Thursday, after a minimum of 29 days, but June 5 is a traditional Jewish holiday so an extra week was added to this campaign, making it five weeks until June 12.
    
But it's actually 41 days if you count from last Friday, when the New Democrats announced they'd lost confidence in the Liberals and Wynne pulled the plug on her own government.
    
The chief electoral officer scheduled a media briefing for Wednesday afternoon at the legislature to provide ``information unique to the June 2014 provincial general election.''

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 05/07/2014 07:17 AM
    Here we go, folks. Today is the first official; day of the campaign.
    Let's see if the three leaders can improve on their less than stellar performances of the past 6 days.

    So far we've seen the following:

    Hudak has done nothing new and very little right. His campaign to date has made 2 major gaffes and 1 minor one. Not a great start for someone trying so hard to appear like a leader and shake his image as a bumbler and stumbler. Sorry, Tim - not working out very well so far.

    Horwath has droned on about the usual NDP stuff. Her campaign is already appears stale as shown by her huge slip in polling early in the game. She appears to be inevitably on the road to nowhere.

    Wynne's campaign start has been strange (the Eglinton mess is a "beautiful disruption"? - WRONG!) She suffered a gaffe as well. Some advice, Ms Wynne: Never say McGuinty's name again.
    Her biggest plus seems to be her election team. It is the only one of the three running smoothly.
  2. Jack posted on 05/07/2014 09:47 AM
    Fact 1) The Liberals will destroy Ontario if re-elected. Between their endless committees, their non-business-friendly policies, and their constant bowing to union demands, they will create a province where no business can operate at a profit and no taxpayer can afford both rent and food. They will turn us into Detroit on a provincial scale.

    Fact 2) The NDP will do the same thing if elected, just faster.

    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 11:15 AM
      @Jack Your statement about no business being able to operate at a profit anymore reminded me of a haircut I had yesterday..

      I was going through a town called Georgetown, and stopped at a strip mall. It was one of the typical run-down ones, in serious need of fixing up that you see sometimes. There was this old barbershop there, so I went in, as my hair was getting a bit shaggy. It was one of those old time barbershops, you know, the kind that never modernized since the '60s. The sole barber in there was an old, Italian gentleman.

      As he was cutting my hair, we got to talking. I asked him how things were going, and he said he didn't know how people stayed in business.. He said that businesses all around him were closing, and he was probably not too far behind. In the course of the conversation, I found out some stuff I never knew. He pays $3,000 per month rent in that dingy strip mall. I said wow, that's a lot.. then he says yeah.. and he pays 13% tax on that rent. I thought that was crazy.. paying tax on rent?? And then he threw me the kicker.. he said that when McGuinty came in, now he has to also pay an extra tax on any bills he pays. Hydro, heating, whatever.

      If you have ever wandered into a shop like this, you may recall that they don't have credit or debit machines. You may even vaguely wonder why. Credit card companies charge a HUGE percentage and fee to businesses when you use their machine. Banks with debit are a bit cheaper than the credit cards, but still charge a percentage. Remember that if you are in a small shop that you can see is struggling, and you have the choice of paying cash or using the credit machine.

      All the liberal-minded people out there who are raging against greedy business.. Well, these are the types of people that you are hurting. People whose families rely on whatever their small business can bring in each month. The people who are being forced to close their small businesses because of the short-sighted, unthinking policies that the liberals are not only maintaining, but adding to.

      Tell me.. you REALLY believe this is great for the economy in this province? If so, just keep on voting liberal.. Pay higher and higher prices for everything, from hydro to haircuts at trendy, downtown hair stylist shops. And when the trickle effect reaches YOUR job, you can sit in your house as it's being repossessed and wonder what the hell just happened.

      Or, you can try and do something about this now. Your choice.
    2. john posted on 05/07/2014 11:55 AM
      @Jack i could not agree more mate .
    3. Jack posted on 05/07/2014 11:57 AM
      @Angry Bill Extremely well-said. If I were you, I'd repeat that story as far and wide as possible, so people finally get the message about how harmful Liberals and their all-hail-CUPE policies are to honest men and women running small businesses.
    4. Frankie posted on 05/07/2014 01:00 PM
      @Angry Bill So true! Unfortunately most politicians and voters don't care. Their concern is only their next paycheque and next vote, not the long-term effects of policies, nor respect for the taxes hard-working people pay.

      Too bad we won't see the Liberals decimated the way the federal Conservatives were in the 80's. That'd send a clear message. Quebec was very clear in their message to the PQ. Too bad Ontario voters aren't as astute.
    5. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 02:13 PM
      @Frankie I agree, Frankie. It's mostly the voters of Toronto that vote liberal, however.. and that's why they'll never get the decimation that they deserve. No matter WHAT the liberals do, Toronto will still vote for them. As will the public sector and teachers unions.

      I often ask myself why these people vote liberal. It certainly isn't because of sound, fiscal management policies, or economic acumen. So why, then? I'm thinking it's because Toronto is so large, that people for the most part are insulated from the realities of the damage the liberals are doing to us. They just don't see it. They look around, and see lots of businesses. Ok, so the economy must be good then, right? What they don't see are the thousands of businesses that close every year. The businesses they see are new ones, most of which will themselves close within a couple of years, to be replaced by yet new ones again. The ones that do survive in Toronto do so in spite of the liberals, not because of them. They survive only due to the sheer number of people in Toronto. They get far more traffic than they would in a small town outside Toronto. So, because most liberals are in Toronto, and things seem to be fine there, then the liberals must be doing a good job, right?

      This is why most people who don't live in Toronto think Torontonians live in La La Land.

      Ever wonder why everything you buy is so much more expensive here than it is in the States? And I mean quite a bit more expensive, not just the amount equaling the exchange rate. A large part of that is due to the exorbitant fees and extra taxes levied on just about anything that moves. The cost of doing business here is so much more expensive than it is in just about any other province.

      I've told the story before about when I lived in Alberta for 5 years.. while there, I got a divorce. Wasn't her fault, was mine.. she just didn't seem to like my taste in girlfriends. Anyway, here I am back in Ontario, looking to get remarried. They want proof of my divorce. They said I'd need to call the Alberta provincial court and have them send out my divorce certificate. They also said it'd probably cost me around $100 in fees for them to do that. So, I call the provincial court in Calgary. Talk to a nice lady on the other end, and explained what I needed. She said no problem, she had the records, and would mail them out to me in a large manila envelope right away. I asked how much the fee was. She laughed. I mean, literally laughed. She then said that this wasn't Ontario... they don't have fees for every little thing that moves. Sure enough, a couple of days later, I get the big manila envelope in the mail with what I needed inside. Completely free of charge.

      People who live in this province and blithely pay whatever bogus fee the government tells them to pay think that this is just the cost of living here. They think every place is the same as Ontario, and operates the same way. It doesn't.

      Until people demand change, and vote for change, they won't get it. What you'll get is just more and more of the same. If you're okay with that, then by all means, keep voting liberal. I can't stop you.

      Eventually, we'll all be sitting in a big hand basket, looking at each other and wondering where we're going.
  3. ToddK_2 posted on 05/07/2014 11:34 AM
    Unsustainable wages\pensions, fat management, CEO golden parachutes, bloated departments, a Liberal re-election, can't afford to live with all the new taxes = Greece in 10 years.
    1. john posted on 05/07/2014 11:57 AM
      @ToddK_2 if we are lucky 10 years in realty it will be 2 years .
    2. Jack posted on 05/07/2014 12:35 PM
      @john More likely, we'll be in Greece's miserable position in five years if we re-elect the Liberals, and two years if we elect the NDP.
    3. Bob posted on 05/07/2014 02:28 PM
      @ToddK_2 elect Hudak and the far right it will be Detroit in 5.
      capitalist greed! unregulated banking systems, financial meltdown, junk mortgages, outsourcing for cheap labour. 6 greedy unregulated bankers almost took down the country under Bush and his gang of crooks. Lets learn from their mistakes
    4. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 02:30 PM
      @Bob I've given up on people in this province learning from their mistakes, Bob. They keep on voting liberal. Can't make a much bigger mistake than that.
    5. Dean posted on 05/07/2014 02:31 PM
      @Bob Bring the Liberals back, or elect the NDP, and within 5 years no business will be capable of turning a profit and thus have no reason or justification for staying in Ontario. They'll close their factories, close their outlets, close their storefronts, and leave. Then what? How are we going to work for a living, and how are you precious unions going to rob us for theirs?

      THAT is how Detroit got to be in the sorry state it's in: It was a union utopia, brought to it's logical conclusion.
  4. john posted on 05/07/2014 12:41 PM
    here why i dont like Wynne not cause she lies it just that she dos a terrible job of it . i mean if u are going to lie at lest put some afford into it . she should get jean Chechen to teach her how to do it right . she is insulting lairs everywhere .
  5. arthur posted on 05/07/2014 02:19 PM
    I've said all along Hudak is and will always continue to be the Libs best friend. mistakes conservatives made is not throwing this guy under the bus and putting in someone more centre left. It will be a Lib minority government 10 days after election Hudak resigns as leader before the party turfs him
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 02:28 PM
      @arthur I can't disagree with what you've said. In an ideal world, the PC's would have fired Hudak a year ago and stuck John Tory in there instead. Then, the PCs would have a chance. Personally, Hudak may be a very nice and intelligent guy. Whatever the reason, what he is coming across as is not what most people want. He only stands a chance of winning because the liberals are so terrible.
    2. Frankie posted on 05/07/2014 03:47 PM
      @arthur You are likely correct however, it's a sad day when Hudak's mistakes are considered worse than the last 11 years of Liberal "stealing", lying, and complete mismanagement of Ontario.

      I believe it demonstrates the utter stupidity and short-sightedness of most voters.
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