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Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association
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Full house for St. Patrick's Day Liberal get-together
Members, supporters, donors, and those who have displayed our election signs should join fellow provincial Liberals at a St. Patrick's Day and March Break got together on March 15 at the Franklin House in Streetsville. It was a chance to see the folks who worked with us during the 2014 election, have a light dinner together, and do a Q & A session. Folks renewed their memberships, or joined the Riding Association. Like many membership events, the event was free to Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association members, and $10 to non-members. For more information, call the Riding Association's phone number at (905) 542-3725. See you at the next event.
Tax receipts for 2015 will come directly from OLP
The Ontario Liberal Party's most significant task in the year's first two months is to issue its 2015 income tax receipts. You will receive your income receipts for donations you made in 2015 in the coming weeks. Most of the receipts should be delivered by the end of February. If you have not received a 2015 income tax receipt for an ABC membership or for a contribution you made last year by the end of February, first call the Ontario Liberal Party at (416) 961-3800. If they have not resolved things, please leave a message for our Mississauga-Streetsville Treasurer, Rob Bezaire at (905) 542-3725 .
A new year reminder to renew your membership
The Federal and Provincial Liberal Riding Associations in Mississauga-Streetsville welcomed our Liberal members in early December for a Christmas Pub Night in Streetsville. More than 20 of our guests renewed their party memberships or took out new ones. We'll do another get-together after Christmas. Be a part of it. Become a Mississauga-Streetsville Liberal.
Want the answers to political rhetorical rubbish?
Over lunch or at the water cooler, there is always a neo-con big-mouth who has bought the right-wing malarkey hook, line and sinker. I took some notes as I returned a few phone calls in recent weeks, and thought I would share the essence of the discussion on such topics as electricity rates; business; manufacturing; debt and pensions. Enjoy.
Ontario hopes for a new federal partner, not a foe
Canadians are not saving enough for a secure retirement, and they know it. Ontarians voted very clearly for a secure retirement savings plan in 2014. The new federal government has a chance to get pension reform right. Employees are people who create value, not disposable parts. The feds should move forward with reforms for the Canada Pension Plan while Ontario proceeds with the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
Fall is membership renewal time
Our Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association need to renew your membership for 2016. You can read the text of Bob's membership renewal letter by clicking the link below. Members should by now have received all their 2014 income tax receipts for donations made in the 2014 calendar year. For questions, call Riding President Brian Ellis at (416) 574-8369.
Keep in touch with the Ontario Liberals by joining the party's social web site, called fRed. Be part of the Mississauga-Streetsville delegation at Ontario Liberal Party events. Your delegate fees, car and hotel expenses all give rise to a generous income tax credit when you file your income tax return each year.
Being one of the Liberal Party's ‘Insiders’
What do we do in the Riding Association, the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association? Find out. Maybe it's for you. After an election is re-tooling time for us, and you might be the person we are looking for. Similarly, what we do may be the key that you're looking for in your life.
Final gas plant report and 16 recommendations tabled
The lessons to be learned from a 2½-year investigation into the relocation of the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants are tabulated in a report from the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Justice Policy, along with the 16 recommendations arising from the committee's work with 93 witnesses, and examination of some 400,000 documents. As usual, it is much more than the media tell you it is.
Continuing Ontario PC economic policy lunacy
Not once or twice, but three times, Ontario PCs have tried and failed to sell their ideology-driven package of cuts and wage reductions dressed up as economic policy. The Tea-Party Tory flagship economic idea, austerity, has been a 21st century recipe for failure everywhere in the world. Austerity is also brain-dead-dumb economics. Expect the PC Party to repeat the failed economic ideas that voters rejected and the Legislature defeated — twice! Cut through Conservative economic insanity.
Reflections on the 2014 election
No two elections are the same. This campaign was warm from the very outset at the doors, so much so that incumbents and candidates phoned one another wondering if it was just their own campaign feeling so. It's been nearly 30 years since Ontario politics was 'reset' following the 43-year PC dynasty, and I reflect on this campaign and its historical context.
Bob will get a new health care hub done!
We need a new health care hub in northwest Mississauga to give families in our community more options for urgent care, and have a place to go for after-hours care. We need to reduce the pressure on the Emergency Department at Credit Valley Hospital. I am going to get that done in the upcoming four years if re-elected.
Ontario's Election returns majority Liberal government
Ontario's 2014 Budget was just too progressive for the New Democrats. The Ontario PC ‘Tea Party Tories’ were willing to fight anyone anywhere anytime over anything, and opposed the past three Ontario Budgets without reading them. Ontario's 40th Parliament was dissolved, and the election of June 12th returned a majority Liberal government.
PC Party's widening credibility gap
First, it was the PC Party's claim that the best way to create jobs was to fire 100,000 people, meaning some 6,000 income-earners in Mississauga. Then the PC Party's nuthead jobs plan was shown to be a scam by every credible economist that's read it. And lately, the PCs say that when the Harris-Eves government left power, there really was no hidden deficit (Hint: click this.) Finally, they are going back to the gas plants that the PC Party campaigned against in 2011 without a plan on how to cancel or move them. Get the real story on that issue here.
Childhood Educator Pascal slams PC plans
Renowned educator Charles Pascal of the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education took issue with the PC Party's pledge to slash the popular Full Day Kindergarten program now implemented Ontario-wide.Claiming the PC Party's education plan is full of "false claims and incoherence," Pascal states that "folks in increasing numbers aren't buying it."
Hazel McCallion endorses the Liberals
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has endorsed the Liberals in the 2014 Provincial Election. Following a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mississauga's iconic mayor said, "As a leader, I'm endorsing her." Mayor McCallion called on residents to elect a majority government in 2014, saying the worst outcome of the June 12 election would be another minority government, which she said would leave municipalities "hanging" on legislation impacting them. Our Mayor was critical of the PC Party's plan to slash 100,000 providers of public services, saying it would harm municipal services.
Nomination speech: pensions, new health hub
Accepting the Ontario Liberal Party nomination for the 2014 election, Bob Delaney laid out what's at stake in the 2014 election. Our northwest Mississauga neighbourhoods of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville need a proper pension to allow them to retire in comfort and dignity, and a growing and aging community needs the community health hub Bob has promised to deliver.
Tragic loss of Humaira Hamayun to cancer
Our Campaign has lost a much-loved and familiar face from 2011 with the passing of Humaira Hamayun, whom so many people saw as their first face in the door during the last election. She lit up our cozy former campaign office in Streetsville with her laughter, and motivated so many of our volunteers throughout the 2011 campaign. Humaira passed away on May 13, after a courageous, eight-month struggle with cancer. She remains with our campaign in spirit.
New Mississauga-Streetsville Riding Executive
The Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association held its 2014 Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2014 at the Vic Johnston Arena, electing a Riding Executive to take the Ontario Liberals into the expected election, possibly in 2014. Riding President Brian Ellis was re-elected, and the balance of the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal team is a blend of new faces and election campaign veterans.
PC Party's power plant political promise problem
Just when you think that the ‘Tea-Party-Tories’ can't get less relevant, or do anything more illogical comes their contorted antics with their own reckless, uncosted, blind, blank-cheque political promise in the 2011 election. Want the truth?
Bond rating agency says Ontario is on right track
Guess which government in Canada has never missed a deficit reduction target during and since the recession? Not the feds! Not Alberta! Yes, Ontario. The Toronto Star reported that the Dominion Bond Rating Service shows Ontario as the lone province ahead of its budget targets in fiscal year 2012-13.
Big student uptake for 30 percent tuition grant
Ontario students can now apply for the new "30-percent-off" Ontario Tuition grant to help with their fees for the current semester. The new grant will ensure postsecondary education remains accessible and affordable. It will save university or college degree students $800 and college diploma, and certificate students $365 for this semester.
Keeping our commitments
Promises kept! Liberals get the job done year after year
- Ontario government red tape reduced
- Ontario has taken significant steps in the past few years to make the Province a more attractive place to work, play, study and raise a family. Since 2008 alone, Ontario has eliminated more than 80,000 regulatory requirements.
- Court costs uploaded from property tax
- Ontario is providing the three municipalities in Peel Region: the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon with funding for court security. This represents nearly $9.4 million in 2012 to upload court costs.
- 30 percent college and university tuition cut in effect
- We said it in the 2011 campaign, and we mean it in government: Ontario students now have a thirty percent tuition cut. The measure was passed in the Ontario Legislature in 2011.
- New ambulatory surgery centre at CVH
- When your Liberal government makes a health care promise, we keep it. When we take on a big project, we complete it on time and within budget. In 2007, I said Ontario would fund a new ambulatory surgery centre at Credit Valley Hospital. Along with other significant capital upgrades, it was announced on August 23, 2011 as Phase III at Credit Valley Hospital.
The 2014 Ontario Election
Never, never trust Conservatives with money!
Remember the hidden $5.6 billion deficit left by the PC Party after Ontarians tossed them from government in 2003? They are at it again. This time, their slogan-clogged platform leaves the PCs a breathtaking $14 billion short of break-even. We don't need this type of self-induced, U.S.-style, tea party willful financial starvation.
Ontario PC slap in the face to Credit Valley Hospital
Any doubt that the Conservatives can't conceal their desire to tear apart Ontario's health care system was dispelled in 2010, when former Tory Leader Tim Hudak flat-out lied about Credit Valley. And despite touring the hospital, and being called out by then-Mayor McCallion, Hudak and the Tories have never apologized. It has been