Lawn Signs

A sign of responsible government

Bob Delaney Lawn Sign

Show your support for Bob Delaney as your Member of Provincial Parliament and Liberal Candidate with a lawn sign. Call our Campaign Office at (905) 542-3725 to request a lawn sign.

Show your support for Ontario Liberal Candidate, and incumbent MPP Bob Delaney with a 2018 Lawn Sign. Our election team will install a lawn sign only with your permission, and obviously only in the riding of Mississauga-Streetsville.

No election campaign may install a sign on public property, or on private property without permission. If another candidate’s sign is placed on your property without your permission or consent, you are free to remove it. You should also report this violation to our Elections Ontario Returning Officer in Mississauga-Streetsville, Linda Thomas, at (905) 858-1808.

To request a Bob Delaney lawn sign, please phone us at (905) 542-3725, more easily remembered as (905) LIBERAL. On the web, click or touch here.

Show your neighbours a sign of good government, and help re-elect Bob Delaney.


Seniors Issues

A better deal for Ontario seniors

Over the past 15 years, Ontario has become the most senior-supportive place in North America. Through such initiatives as major investment in health care infrastructure, such as the successive expansions to Credit Valley Hospital and the Queensway site of Trillium Health Partners, the dramatic expansion in the numbers of doctors and nurses, and the large increases in health care operating budgets, the spectrum of care later in life has expanded.

The shingles vaccine is available free for seniors between ages 65 and 70. OHIP+ will exempt seniors from all deductibles, dispensing fees and co-payments.

Click here to see the full spectrum of senior programs for our older adults in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville.


Business Financing

Targeted corporate assistance = jobs + prosperity

The Ontario PC Party again shows it has no clue how jobs are created and grown in Ontario. They propose cancelling such proven job creation programs as the Jobs and Prosperity fund, and the Next Generation of Jobs program, both of which have resulted in the creation and retention of hundreds of jobs, right here in western Mississauga.

Companies like Cyclone Manufacturing in Meadowvale, which came to Meadowvale in 2008 with 80 employees and bought an empty manufacturing plant have used Ontario’s Next Generation of Jobs program as they grew rapidly. Cyclone now owns four large manufacturing plants, employs more than 800 people, offers high-value, high-skill careers, and makes airframe parts for just about every large aircraft manufacturer in the world. Meadowvale’s fast-growing life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors have needed assistance as their new products await global approval and certification. During these times, they ‘burn through’ cash, but their products are not yet generating profits. Once their approvals by Health Canada, the Food and Drug Administration in the USA and their equivalents worldwide are done, and product sales start, life sciences companies become profitable. But without this critical ‘bridge’ financing the PC Party proposes to end, many of our cutting-edge companies would either need to be sold, close business because they had run out of cash just before their revenue stream began, or leave Ontario altogether.

Companies growing rapidly, with cutting-edge products just entering the market, are barely, if at all, profitable. All their cash is going back into their business. Cutting taxes on emerging companies that don’t pay taxes because they are just at break-even (or below) is fruitless and stupid.

Extending a hand to have Ontario put in some money, and the companies themselves put in money both satisfies their financiers, and gets them through a phase in which their earnings catch up with their growth. At that point, they can afford Ontario’s lowest-in-the-region business taxes.

Proposing a PC business tax cut means service, health care, education and infrastructure cuts for absolutely no gain whatsoever. Another reason not merely to vote for programs that have made Ontario the fastest growing region in the industrialized world, but to avoid a foreseeable PC Party disaster like the plague.


Voting Info

How and where to vote

Where do I go to vote in the advance polls? What if I am not on the Electors List?

We have compiled all the latest information for you on this web site. Click here for the Advance Poll page.

You can vote in the Advance Polls, even if you are not travelling on Election Day. The Returning Office is the former St. Dunstan Catholic Elementary School on Creditview near Eglinton.


Commitment

Value of your time and money

There is a lot at stake in this election: the things we need from the Province; and the directions we don’t want Ontario to go.

Elections are a function of two things from the community that elects its representative: people and money. Both are important. Both are rewarding. Both are part of getting – and keeping – good government. It’s how we give back, as Ontarians.

  • Campaign volunteers get to do something important and interesting, meet some neighbours you otherwise would not, connect with what matters in our community, have some fun, be treated well, and enjoy an interesting month on the campaign;
  • Campaign donors put fuel into the engine of victory. The Ontario Political Tax Credit reimburses you most of your donation when you file your income tax return next year.

Campaign volunteers

Campaign volunteers are special people. Here’s what we do together:

  • Identify voters who have made up their mind to support Bob, and help them get out and vote;
  • Manage our lawn signs by putting them up and maintaining them;
  • Canvass our neighbourhoods in person, or on the telephone.
  • If you are a mature adult, with time in the afternoons and evenings, or are able to join us for some of our early morning commuter events, we need you;
  • Have a truck, and/or want to help us install and maintain our signs? Are you a good planner with an eye for detail? Join our sign crew.

Our team on the telephone is the source of our precious information on who is supporting Bob. Here is where we put our best talent. Our best people are intelligent, mature adults with an affinity for people.

Call us. The phone number is (905) 542-3725, better known as (905) LIBERAL. Ask for Campaign Manager Tom Lewis or Volunteer Coordinator Monika Duggal.

Campaign donors

Corporate and big labour money has been out of politics for two years. All our donors are individuals now. The tax system makes donations easier by offering you a tax credit, in effect a partial rebate of most of your contribution. See the chart at right.

  1. Drop into the Campaign Office and make a donation. See the address at the bottom of this page. Lots of people are visiting us with an encouraging word, and their cheque book;
  2. Mail us a donation. Make your cheque payable to Bob Delaney Campaign, and mail it to:
    Mississauga-Streetsville PLA
    P.O. Box 21042, Meadowvale RPO
    Mississauga ON L5N 6A2;
  3. Use your credit card, and make a secure donation on the Ontario Liberal Party web site. Make sure you are donating to the Mississauga-Streetsville riding. Click this link to make your donation.

It is a pivotal time in Ontario. Your time and your money will determine what direction our future takes. Let’s get together, and win another election!


Voting Options

Special and accessible voting

Your vote is special. Do you need help to get to a polling place? Will you be away on election day, and need to vote in advance? Are you unable to get to a voting place, and need a special ballot to come to you? Are you, or is someone you know, eligible to vote in this Ontario election, living abroad, and need to cast a ballot?

Getting to the ballot

  • You have to option of casting your ballot before election day. Advance voting takes place at our Mississauga-Streetsville Returning Office. The Mississauga-Streetsville returning office is at 1525 Cuthbert Avenue (the former St. Dunstan Catholic School). Contact: 1-866-597-9403;
  • Advance voting runs between Saturday May 26, and Wednesday May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you need a ride to the polls, call us at (905) 542-3725;
  • Accessible voting takes place between Saturday May 26 and Wednesday June 6 at the Mississauga-Streetsville Returning Office. If you have mobility issues, call us, or call the the Returning Office.

Getting the ballot to you

  • Beginning Thursday May 10, eligible voters in Mississauga-Streetsville can apply to receive a special ballot. This means that if you are, for example, confined to a home or other location due to mobility issues, and wish to vote, the ballot can come to you. There will be more information here shortly;
  • If you need the ballot box to visit you because of medical or mobility issues, call us at (905) 542-3725 for assistance or more information.

Getting on the Voters List

Tuesday May 29 is the last day to get on the Voters List using e-Registration.


Hospital funding

New hospital funding = promises kept

As a result of the 2017-18 Ontario Budget surplus, the Province has been able to provide more funding to our Trillium Health Partners hospitals to serve us from their three locations: Credit Valley; Queensway; and Sherway Gardens is a big part of MPPs’ ongoing advocacy. Ontario’s Budget surplus brought the ability to invest in the health care sector with an additional $22.8 million right here in Mississauga. Click the video for more details.

Trillium Health Partners, for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year, will receive an additional:

  • $12.8 million in non-targeted funds, to use to meet rising day-to-day costs, growth funding, and to fund additional procedures;
  • $9.9 million in targeted funds, with includes wait-time funding; priority programs and services; post-construction operating plans; and quality-based procedures.

This means increased Emergency Department volume; more nurses and physiotherapy procedures; longer clinic and MRI hours. It also means more ability to meet next year’s salaries, buy supplies used in the hospitals, pay utility bills, and ensure the hospital staff have all the tools, instruments and supplies they need to treat us when we go to the Credit Valley, Queensway or Sherway sites for treatment.

The 2018-19 budget supplied to Trillium Health Partners by the Province, (i.e. not including the funds from its Foundation and from other sources) will be $767 million.


Cautionary tale

Avoiding a foreseeable race to the bottom

Here is a cautionary tale for Ontarians from the New York Times about two ‘failed states.’ These are not African or Asian broken countries run by local dictators. These two failed states are in the United States: Kansas and Louisiana.

  • Both bought into the tax cut = prosperity nonsense being peddled here in Ontario;
  • Both states were bamboozled into a belief that slashing taxes would somehow spark an economic boom, and expand the state economy, which of course never happened;
  • Both Kansas and Louisiana saw their state revenues plunge;
  • Both states cut education, social and health programs that benefit lower and middle income earners;
  • Neither state was able to invest in essential infrastructure: roads, bridges, schools, energy; post-secondary education;
  • In both states, the wealthy took the tax cut money and ran.

How did it all work out?

In middle-America Kansas, the state legislature came to its senses, and undid the tax cuts to restore some of its ability to provide services and maintain infrastructure. Kansas is slowly recovering.

Louisiana remains mired in state legislative gridlock. This week, the Louisiana state governor ordered some 100 of the state’s bridges closed permanently because they are now hazardous, and in danger of collapse.

Read for yourself


Stuff we need

Your extra stuff = our essentials

What’s taking up space in your basement, your garage, your office or your storage area?  It could be exactly what we need to equip our Campaign Office and our people as we wage our 2018 election campaign in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville.

Our Campaign Office is in Meadowvale. Click or touch here for location and contact details. Please phone first before bringing anything in.

Click or touch here for a list of what our election campaign normally uses.

  • If you have furniture or equipment we need, and would like to lend it to us, we’ll take good care of it, tag it as yours, and return it right after the election;
  • If what we need is something you can give to us, and its value is measurable, we will give you a tax receipt, valid for your 2018 income tax return next year. It is based on the fair-and-reasonable value of what we use or borrow from you.

For information, call Campaign Manager Tom Lewis at (905) 542-3725 That is (905) LIBERAL on a telephone keypad.

 


Infrastructure Surplus

Yesterday’s money into tomorrow’s assets

More than 3,500 Infrastructure projects across Ontario are newly-complete, still under construction, or awaiting construction start, part of a multi-decade $190 billion plan to renew essential assets, supporting an average 125,000 jobs each year through the end of the 2020s. Nearly all were planned and started during the recovery, and financed with debt capital.

Province-wide, Ontario has redeveloped (and continues to improve) its electricity generation and transmission system. Ontario-wide, some $50 billion has already been spent giving Ontario reliable, clean, affordable, safe and domestic electricity for more than the next two generations to come.

See what Ontario’s borrowed capital build, is building and will shortly build in Mississauga and Brampton. Click or touch here.

Debt-financed projects and investment spurred a renaissance in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, especially in Meadowvale. The financing to put it all together has brought the GTA to a financial-sector par with London, UK. After Hollywood and New York, the GTA is the 3rd largest film and entertainment hub on the continent. Ontario’s clean energy and environmental industry has grown from near nothing to a high-value, export-oriented industry employing 50,000 people today. GO service to northwest Mississauga has more than doubled in 15 years.

Build now or postpone until later?

During the 1970s and 1980s, Ontario invested very little, often nearly nothing, in renewing roads, bridges, electricity, hospitals, transit, schools, universities and public facilities. At the turn-of-the-century, there was a big backlog of catch-up work to do.

Borrowing to renew essential bricks-and-mortar means that the costs of what people will use for upwards of half a century are locked-in at yesterday’s prices, and financed over their lifetime at interest rates close to zero. This means that the children and grandchildren of today’s adults will benefit from the wisdom of their parents building them the facilities yesterday they will use as they grow and mature tomorrow, and they will pay for it as they use it. Tomorrow’s costs are thus not dropped completely on today’s users, and tomorrow’s users pay their share of long-term assets as they use them during their lifetimes.

Failing to borrow today (as many U.S. states have done) to build what society will use today and for two generations leads to an infrastructure rather than a financial deficit. It means higher costs tomorrow for new, renewed and replacement infrastructure that must be built at tomorrow’s prices and financed at higher interest rates.

Is Ontario burdening future generations with debt? No. The Province is blessing them with up-to-date assets such as schools, hospitals, roads, public transit, electricity, community facilities, recreation and child care facilities and the other bricks-and-mortar things that everyone uses daily.

To grasp the impact of not borrowing during the last decade, when capital was cheap, labour was available, and the economic impact of the projects kept people working and the Ontario economy growing, see the American Society of Civil Engineers ominous 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. It gives the United States an overall grade of D+, and by 2025, estimates that America will lose: $3.9 trillion in GDP; $7 trillion in business; and 2.5 million jobs for lack of the type of infrastructure Ontario built during the decade since the recession.

Concludes the report on its estimated $2 trillion USA infrastructure backlog: “Congress and the states must invest an additional $206 billion each year.” Ontario has done that, and continues to invest in essential public infrastructure.

The truth about what Ontario owes

  • The effective rate of interest on Ontario’s debt was 7.2% fifteen years ago. Today it is 3.5%;
  • The large majority of Ontario’s debt is in Canadian dollars, and interest is paid to Canadians;
  • Ontario’s net-debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 39% during the recession rate, and is today 37% and falling. Most other nations have rates much greater than Ontario’s and theirs are nearly all rising.
    • Sweden: 41%;
    • South Korea: 46%;
    • Mexico: 50%;
    • Israel: 62%;
    • Germany: 69%;
    • USA: 73%;
    • Austria: 86%;
    • UK: 92%;
    • France: 97%;
    • Spain: 99%.
  • The average Canadian household’s ratio of debt-to-household income is 161% and rising. Ontario borrowed prudently, invested wisely, grew its economy, and is easily able to finance its public debt in an economy whose GDP has doubled in the last 15 years, and is today at more than $860 billion, headed for North America’s next ‘trillion-dollar economy.’ Ontario can easily afford to carry its ‘mortgage;’
  • Ontario’s borrowing has locked in low interest rates over the long term on bricks-and-mortar assets whose price is now fixed for the long-term. Short- and medium-term fluctuations in interest rates will not cause debt service costs to suddenly jump. Ontario bond issues sell out in full, almost immediately;
  • Investment using debt capital has made Ontario the strongest economy in North America; created 814,000 net new jobs since 2008-09, and our northwest Mississauga corner of the Province is the strongest part of the strongest economy in North America.

As your MPP, I was part of those discussions on how to get Ontario through the recession to this turning point, where our deficit has turned into a 2018-19 surplus. I am proud of how well those decisions have worked out, proud of what our Province and our cities have built together with Ontario’s investments; and I would be a part of making those long-term infrastructure investment choices, in those recession circumstances, again.

Why go back to borrowing?

Government borrowing when businesses were not spending was the best way out of the recession. Now that businesses are spending – and profitable – again, should government redirect its surpluses to debt reduction?

There is an argument to make for that. There is, however, a stronger argument from the Ontarians who got through the recession, but don’t feel as if they’ve got further ahead in the process. When, they ask, will it be ‘our turn?’ Governments the world over have lost their legitimacy when they have failed to bring their citizens along with them through the recovery to share the better times.

This was Ontario’s choice: who’s first in line? Should it be the large number of Ontario residents who don’t feel as if their household is better off now that the recession is over; or the banks, large companies and financial institutions who made out very, very well in the past decade as Ontario progressed.

Austerity is a global failure as an economic strategy. It’s a seductive idea that never works. Click or touch to read why.

The Province chose to make life more affordable for the large majority of Ontarians at the bottom and in the middle of the economic scale. In essence, Ontario is investing in the people who will use the concrete, glass and steel infrastructure built during the last 12 years. It involves three years of borrowing for the programs in the 2018-19 Ontario Budget, and three more years to get back to a balanced budget. The Province has got back to balance from structural deficits twice before and will do so, on schedule, again.

What benefits will come from the next few years of borrowing?

Pre-School Child Care
Child care is one of the services whose price has gone up sharply in recent years. Affordable child care can get a working parent back into the work force sooner. The Budget proposes making preschool child care free for children aged two-and-a-half until they are eligible for kindergarten, saving a family with one child $17,000, on average, building on the savings families get from full-day kindergarten.
More Child Care Spaces:
The Budget proposes adding more than 100,000 child care spaces so more families can have more choice for high-quality, affordable child care — and offering additional financial support to families with subsidies for approximately 60 per cent of all new spaces.
Drug and Dental Costs:
The Budget proposes a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program, reimbursing 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person, $600 per couple and $700 for a family of four with two children, of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses each year, for those without workplace health benefits or not covered by OHIP+ or other government programs. This directly helps people with home-based businesses, are self-employed, or who work on contract
Prescription Coverage for Seniors:
Budget measures would make prescriptions completely free for everyone 65 and over through OHIP+, ensuring that no senior citizen goes without necessary drugs. By eliminating the Ontario Drug Benefit annual deductible and co-pay, this saves the average Ontario senior $240 per year.
Helping Seniors Age at Home:
Home is where most people want to be as they age. A proposed new Seniors’ Healthy Home Program recognizes the costs associated with older seniors living at home. It would provide a benefit of up to $750 annually for eligible households, led by seniors 75 and over, to help them live independently, and offset the costs of maintaining their homes.
Higher Minimum Wage:
With the 2018 rise in the minimum wage to $14 per hour, low-wage Ontarians got back to where their purchasing power was in 1977. Beginning in 2019, they will move forward a bit with a minimum wage of $15 per hour. This benefits nearly one in six workers in Ontario.
Helping Students Afford Post-Secondary Education:
The cost of post-secondary education has climbed all over the world. In 2017, Ontario made college and university tuition free for more than 225,000 students of all ages. Free or low tuition is available for students from low- and middle-income families. Tuition is free for those earning up to $90,000, and students from families who earn up to $175,000 are also eligible for some financial aid. The Budget would make it easier for students from middle-income families or those who are married to qualify for OSAP and get more financial assistance, starting in fall 2018
Easing Financial Burdens on Students:
Textbook costs can be exorbitant. The Budget proposes saving more than 5,000 students more than $520,000 by providing free online textbooks and educational resources through the Ontario Open Textbooks Initiative.