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Bob Delaney was the Member of Provincial Parliament for the Ontario riding of Mississauga-Streetsville between 2003 and 2018.


Now it starts

The Tory gong show has started

Here we go! The type of outright nonsense that has become commonplace in Washington didn’t take long to start at Queen’s Park.

First, Premier-elect Ford called Ontario’s successful and effective carbon-reducing cap-and-trade program a ‘carbon tax,’ which it is not. Carbon auctions reward non-polluting firms, who are then able to be price-makers in their respective markets. Then Ford killed the equally-successful Green ON program that re-invested the proceeds of carbon auctions into energy efficiency programs for consumers and businesses alike. Had a workable idea on how to keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere at home or at work? The Green ON program helped you implement it, and polluters paid for the cost. The Ontario taxpayer and the environment got the benefit completely free!

But of course, that’s now gone.

Ford says he will easily find $6 billion of ‘efficiencies,’ which is code language for cuts, within Ontario’s $150 billion budget. Really? Some 85 percent of that budget is transfer payments: to cities; to school boards; to police forces; to needy, disabled and disadvantaged people. That leaves $23 billion within which to find $6 billion in cuts. Are the Tories really saying they will cut more than one dollar in four in government spending? Are they kidding us?

Cutting taxes raises oil consumption

Ford said he is putting global oil companies ‘on notice’ on pump prices for gasoline. Did they lose a lot of sleep in Calgary, Houston and in the Persian Gulf over that empty threat? Everywhere that regions, cities and countries have tried to manipulate or freeze pump prices for gasoline, those prices have moved higher. The oil companies respond to a cut in taxation of their product by filling in the tax void with a price hike, and a fatter profit margin for them.

Why are oil prices higher this year? Because the demand for oil is greater than the supply of crude. The world is burning more oil than ever, at any time before. Want to reduce prices, and keep them going down. Push down on the demand side of the market. That means energy efficiency programs (such as the now-cancelled Green ON), and aggressive measures to curb carbon fuel use (such as cap-and-trade). The lower the demand for the product, the faster its price will fall.

Cutting taxes on petroleum products will have the exact opposite effect. It rewards extravagant consumption, raises demand, and causes oil prices to rise. Is that really what you voted for?

Stiffing the caucus

I really enjoyed the reports of Ford hosting his caucus and stiffing them on lunch. In fact, he bought pizza from his personal funds. Just what you want after a long election campaign: more pizza. Let’s play this out. Ford is going to make his government caucus go outside to buy lunch on days when the Legislature is always pressed for time. It is already difficult enough to get a meeting started when the Legislature’s caterers bring in their normal fare: soup and/or salad; a main course that is usually healthy; a cheese and crackers tray, and some sweet stuff for dessert plus coffee, tea and/or some soft drinks and milk. Remember, you have between five and six dozen people to feed during about an hour, and then everyone has to get to committees, or back into the Legislature.

If Ford wants his Members to forage for food at the two cafeterias, and the Legislative Dining Room before they discuss business on Monday and Tuesday, reality will strike home quickly enough. It looks like the first people to get stiffed in Ford’s austerity drive are his own caucus. Even Tuesday caucus meetings usually stretch nearly the full time between noon and 3:00 p.m. with all the presentations and discussion that happens.

War against the public service

The incoming Tories have said they will freeze new hires in the Ontario Public Service. In fact, during the past 15 years, the size of the public service has been going down, not up. And Ontarians, on a per-capita basis, have the fewest public servants, and the lowest cost for government, of any province in Canada.

Back in 2012, the Province commissioned a comprehensive review of the delivery of public services and programs by former TD Bank Chief Economist Don Drummond. More than 85 percent of Drummond’s recommendations were implemented during the past six years.

It is true that we need more doctors, nurses and teachers to cope with a growing population. Are the Tories going to cut those positions? Those types of positions are paid through transfers to hospitals, cities, school boards and the justice system.

Ford also says he is is (somehow) going to curb out-of-province travel. Let’s look at an example of how one gets to travel out of Ontario on business. To visit Kenora, Ontario, the most cost-effective, quickest and best way is to fly to Winnipeg, rent a car, and drive east to Kenora. But to do so requires cabinet office approval already. The reality: the measures Ford is carrying on about have existed for years.

Read the news reports in the months to come. There will be lots more of this nonsense to ooze out of Queen’s Park.


Staying together

The immediate and the important

So many of you worked so tirelessly during May and June on our 2018 election campaign. We have not forgotten that effort. We do want for us all to get together to celebrate our 15 years of building together in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville.

That’s important.

What’s immediate has been our requirement to empty out our offices: not just the Campaign Office, but the Constituency Office and our office in the Ministry of Infrastructure. Work began the day after the election, and is now almost complete. There are other administrative details to wind up our final term as the local MPP.

We all need to get together once the last of the metaphorical election dust has settled, and our team and I would like to pleasure of thanking you. All of you.

The fifteen fascinating and productive years, and four terms in government, during which we all transformed our community, and built things we will all use for many decades to come, could not have happened had not so many people not made their contribution between 1999 and 2018.

Keep an eye on this space. See everyone shortly.


Sign Removal

Our lawn signs should all be removed now

As of Sunday evening June 10, we believe our lawn sign removal patrols have taken down both the large coroplast signs, and the small lawn signs. If your sign is still on your lawn by Sunday evening, or you know where more of our election campaign signs are, here is what you can do:

  • Please e-mail us the location of the sign(s), and we will schedule removal as quickly as we can, or;
  • If you wish to be helpful, please remove whatever Bob Delaney lawn signs you see in your neighbourhood, keep them at your home, and e-mail us to come and collect them;
  • If it is a large coroplast sign, feel free to keep the wooden stakes for planting or garden work, fold up and recycle the sign with your other recyclables, or;
  • If it is a small lawn sign, remove the plastic ploybag part of the sign, and recycle it with your plastic, and either recycle or reuse the metal frame as you choose.

For more information, please call our Election Campaign line at (905) 542-3725, more easily remembered as (905) LIBERAL.


Election 2018

Thank you, neighbours for the privilege to serve you

On June 7, Ontario chose a new government, and Mississauga-Streetsville elected a new Member of Provincial Parliament. On behalf of our Campaign team, and our Riding Association, we congratulate the new government, and our new Member of Provincial Parliament, Nina Tangri.

As Liberals, we left nothing undone. We had every resource we needed to reach out to our neighbours. Our opponents’ campaigns won the support of the voters in our riding, and in our province. This is democratic renewal. This is the will of the province and the will of the people of our riding. We accept their judgment in defeat with the same humility as we accepted their challenge in victory fifteen years ago.

To our new Member of Provincial Parliament, we will ensure that the process of transition to her is as swift and as smooth as we can make it. The campaign is over. Now it is time to work with the new MPP as our representative.

A new generation of Ontario Liberals must now exercise the leadership and the discipline to pick up our party, restore its confidence, attract tomorrow’s leaders, and get in touch with where Ontarians will be in the 2020s and beyond. On election night, our team came together to celebrate our many accomplishments during our 15 years in government, as we pass the torch to our successors.

GO service has more than doubled. Our Credit Valley hospital has grown in its ability to look after us. The jobs of tomorrow have found homes here in northwest Mississauga. This didn’t just happen. Our government, and I, played a very proactive part in making it happen. I am proud of our legacy here in Mississauga, and proud of all of you for helping make it happen on behalf of all of us.

In each Ontario Parliament, there are by-elections. More Liberals will be coming back into government in the years to come. In the coming months and years, Ontarians will see and judge what the alternatives to our party do with the privilege and responsibility of government.

As our party renews and refocuses, Ontario voters will welcome a new generation of Ontario Liberals at the next Ontario election.

I thank those who got us here, now and in the past:

  • The love of my life, Andrea Seepersaud, for her steadfast support, and her stewardship of the campaign phone team. She probably spoke to more voters than any other single person during the past three campaigns;
  • Campaign Manager Tom Lewis was in every sense Tom Terrific. From beginning to end, this was a strong, positive, upbeat campaign. Tom kept it all together. Monika Duggal and Manraj Furmah stepped up to their Campaign team leadership roles, and performed magnificently in every facet of our campaign;
  • Ran Zhu and Zeelaf Fatima, found, organized and motivated our amazing team of volunteers who got us through this election;
  • Former Campaign Manager Andrzej Hoffmann helped us throughout the 2018 campaign, and produced our materials;
  • Thank you to everyone who turned out in the usually chilly mornings for our commuter canvasses.

Finally, thank you to our residents of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville for their trust and support during these four terms of government. It has been a privilege and a responsibility to have built a part of our community’s future.


Our go-to MPP

Keeping balance in our government

The Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party acknowledged she will not be leading the next government. This means a process of renewing the leadership of our Ontario Liberal Party. No individual is bigger than the party.

Good MPPs represent their communities effectively, and get things done through governments of all stripes. No MPP in Mississauga has been more effective than has Bob Delaney in bringing Ontario’s resources to build transit, hospitals, schools and community facilities in Mississauga than Bob has. Bob will continue to work for us after June 7th.

Our province needs strong, experienced, thoughtful Liberals at Queen’s Park to ensure we retain balance in our government in the upcoming years. Once the last ballot has been counted, and until the next election has been called, our connection to the Province of Ontario is through our local Member of Provincial Parliament.

Bob has looked after Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville, and now Levi Creek and Meadowvale Village, for 15 years. Bob understands the system at Queen’s Park, and knows how the Government of Ontario works. Bob responds on our behalf, and delivers on his commitments.

Re-elect Bob Delaney and keep Ontario working for us in our neighbourhoods.


Housing

Fair terms for a roof over your head

It’s never been easy to get into the housing market. I recall my late aunts telling my father that he would never be able to afford the $15,500 he was about to pay for the home I grew up in.

With housing units of all types: rental and for purchase, galloping upward in price in recent years, young people feel especially anxious that they will never be able to afford to live in the type of home they may have grown up in.

The Province grasped the challenges of the housing market in recent years, and has approached housing affordability and availability in an organized way:

  • Housing demand;
  • Housing supply;
  • Protecting renters;
  • Protecting real estate consumers;
  • Working with municipalities;
  • Ensuring fairness and safety.
Fair housing in Ontario

Ontario’s Liberal government, in recent years, has addressed the surging housing market with a set of effective measures to cool off speculation, open up land for new housing and make the real estate and rental markets fairer.

Demand

Knowing that demand for housing is tight in every major global metropolitan centre is small comfort for the young people needing an affordable place to live to get on with their careers or families. Applying a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the purchase or acquisition of certain residential property has helped cool the rocketing prices for land and residences in the past year.

Supply

When supplies of homes are short, building more homes helps people find a place to live. Ontario has unlocked provincial land to create more than 2,000 new purpose-built rental housing units, including affordable and family-sized rental housing. This is not a plan, it’s already done. The Province created a housing delivery group to work with municipalities, developers, and other interested parties to bring specific new housing developments to market faster; established a development approval roundtable to look at ways to improve the approval process and bring more housing to market; and committed to encouraging the construction of new purpose-built rental housing through a development charges rebate program and ensuring that property tax for new multi-residential apartment buildings is charged at a similar rate as other residential properties.

Protecting renters

Housing costs need to be predictable and affordable. Tenants should be protected from unfair rent increases; so-called ‘renovictions,’ and evictions. Ontario in 2017 expanded rent controls – all tenants in all private rental buildings, no matter when they were built, are protected against dramatic rent increases. The Province also strengthened tenant protections around evictions for a landlord’s own use, and developed an easy-to-understand standard lease for most private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018. It helps both tenants and landlords understand their rights and responsibilities and avoid disputes. These measures are already implemented.

Protecting real estate consumers

Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. Ontario during the last 12 months too some strong steps to help real estate consumers understand the real-estate market, and its rules, when they sign on the dotted line. To ensure consumers are treated fairly in real estate transactions, Ontario has already modernized the rules, and addressed practices such as multiple representation (including double-ending,) where the same real estate professional or brokerage represents more than one party in a potential deal. Ontario is now a leader in real estate standards that help people understand their rights when they buy or sell a home. That is already done by Ontario’s Liberal government.

Working with municipalities

Ontario’s provincial government needs to consult and work with municipalities and other organizations to ‘unlock’ more housing. Under a Liberal administration, the Ministry of Housing has empowered municipalities to tax vacant homes; to encourage property owners to sell or rent empty units; and provided municipalities the flexibility to use property tax tools to help unlock development opportunities. For example, municipalities could be permitted to impose a higher tax on vacant land that has been approved for new housing.

More housing also means supporting planning that enables a diversity of homes to accommodate everyone regardless of income or family size. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe now requires municipalities to look at ways to incorporate a range of unit sizes in multi-residential buildings.

Ensuring fairness and safety

Whether they own or rent, Ontario Liberals want families to be able to access housing that meets their needs. To increase fairness and safety in Ontario’s housing market, your government has:

  • Worked with the federal government to better understand and tackle practices, such as paper flipping, which may be contributing to tax avoidance and excessive speculation in the housing market;
  • Partnered with the federal government to explore reporting requirements and make sure real estate transactions are taxed properly;
  • Studied how to make elevators more reliable and establish elevator repair timelines in consultation with the sector and the Technical Standards & Safety Authority.

Taken together, these measures represent a substantial, multi-faceted plan to help young people and growing families access housing that meets their needs. You can find more information at the Ontario Ministry of Housing web site.


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.


Hydro One

What is the real Hydro One story?

No initiative taken by the Province during the past four years has been so misunderstood, nor so wilfully misrepresented as Ontario’s successful effort to convert a portion of its equity in Hydro One, and use that $9 billion to improve public transit in lieu of further borrowing. Let’s take the Hydro One arrangement apart and get at the truth.

What exactly is Hydro One?
Hydro One is a transportation company, a ‘common carrier,’ like a railway. It does not make or consume what it carries. It hauls (‘transmits’) a commodity – electricity – on a dedicated roadway (wires) from the manufacturer (power generators) to the distributor (firms like Alectra in Mississauga, also a private sector company) who sell it to the end user.
Does Hydro One have anything to do with the retail price of electricity?
To falsely assert that Hydro One affects the retail price of electricity is like saying the trucking company that hauls your groceries to the store sets their shelf price. Asserting that the CEO’s compensation package affects electricity rates is even more ridiculous. Electricity prices are set by the independent Ontario Energy Board.
Did Ontario sell a priceless asset in Hydro One?
No. Hydro One was one of the most troubled Ontario crown corporations three years ago. Hydro One is now well-managed. Using some of Ontario’s equity in the company will help get the traffic gridlock issue in our cities alleviated and paid for. Hydro One is now a much more valuable and better-run company than it was three years ago. The last such move to make a floundering public sector transportation company private was in the mid-1990s, when CN Rail was fully privatized. Today, CN Rail is North America’s best run railway, but the Canadian taxpayer derives no continuing benefit from its profit and dividend stream. Not so with Hydro One, from which the Ontario taxpayer will continue to receive dividends as the controlling shareholder.
Did Ontario lose control of Hydro One?
No. Ontario remains the controlling shareholder in Hydro One. No other shareholder may hold more than 10 percent of Hydro One’s shares. There are nearly 598 million Hydro One shares outstanding. Ontario retains nearly half of Hydro One’s equity. No credible scenario exists to ‘out-vote’ the Province.
What about the salary of the Hydro One CEO?
The move by the Hydro One to raise its management salaries in an election year was about as tone-deaf and dumb as a private company possibly can be. Never mind that Hydro One’s management team is compensated at about the transmission industry average. Never mind that those salaries will not affect electricity rates one cent. It was just dumb. Period.
Where can I get more information?
See http://www.bobdelaney.com/hydro-one/ on Bob’s MPP web site.

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.