GO Streetsville Parking

Real commuting progress

GO train service

Better GO Transit service means more people can leave their cars at home, avoid the stress of traffic, and get to work, to school or to wherever they need to go more frequently and conveniently.

Here is the difference between talking about public transit, as the other parties do, and doing something about it, as Liberals do. When our Liberal government in Ontario was elected 14 years ago, on October 2, 2003, Milton Line commuters had just five trains going eastbound toward Toronto in the morning, and five westbound through Mississauga to Milton in the afternoon. Each train pulled ten cars.

Today, there are ten trains in each direction, each pulling 12 passenger cars. That is more than double the daily train GO train service. There is more:

  • A new bus repair depot, where GO buses can start and finish their Mississauga run, located in Streetsville, and employing nearly 200 people;
  • GO buses connect frequently to Toronto and other points regularly through the day, with ample capacity for the passenger demand. You can use your Presto Card on the GO buses;
  • A new GO train station in Lisgar, opened in 2007 ahead of schedule, and the first in Mississauga in more than a quarter century;
  • All our western Mississauga GO stations have been upgraded, the platforms lengthened, with free Wi-Fi in the station;
  • The Presto Card has replaced having cash fare for the MiWay connector bus, a multi-ride ticket or monthly pass for the train, and tokens for the TTC. And now your Presto Card will get you on the TTC subway for just $1.50, mirroring the same-journey discount on Mi-Way;
  • There is a modern, mid-platform tunnel connecting to the platform at the Streetsville GO station;
  • Parking has expanded at Meadowvale, and three times at Streetsville. The newest Streetsville GO parking expansion has 120 brand new spots now open on Princess Street, just off Thomas Street.

That’s doing something about public transit in western Mississauga.


Upcoming election

Campaign Team 2018

Not everybody who gets cranked up for an election campaign wants to sit on the Riding Association Executive on an ongoing basis. One of the attractions of an election campaign is that it has a start and a finish.

Others enjoy the ongoing evolutionary progress of the Riding Association. Some like both, for a while.

The upcoming Ontario Provincial Election is on Thursday June 7, 2018. At the bottom of this page, in the footer, you’ll see a calendar countdown to the decisive event.

Our Riding Association has a strong record of good results to bring to our doors in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville. We are starting to look for keen people to fill key roles. Send our Campaign Manager an e-mail. The Riding Association has a permanent phone number. It is easy to remember: (905) LIBERAL. That number is (905) 542-3725 on your numeric keypad.

Let’s get back into the habit of thinking about one another, and seeing our faces again. If this will be your first time, please start with a phone call, or an e-mail.


PC bafflegab 1

Behind the PC Party ‘fake-news’

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.

The Ontario Progressive Conservative opposition has blown four straight elections with a continuing litany of utter nonsense completely at odds with common sense, reality, and usually truth as well. Let’s look at the latest collection of rhetorical rubbish masquerading as Conservative policy. The PC Party is entitled to their own opinion. They are just not entitled to make up their own facts. And they do. Often.

Tories claim that “Ontario has the highest electricity rates in North America”
Wrong! The highest electricity prices in North America are in the New England states in the USA. Industrial power rates in Northern Ontario are among the lowest in Canada, and lower than 45 American states. The rates in Southern Ontario are lower than Michigan, Wisconsin and New Jersey and in-line with Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and  Minnesota. Ontario’s residential electricity rates are higher than in Manitoba and Quebec. Both of those provinces generate virtually all their electricity from existing hydroelectric plants long ago built and paid for. Both provinces have hydro electricity generating capacity well in excess of their own needs. Ontario has almost no remaining untapped hydro capacity. Ontario residential power rates are, however, lower than, or close to, the surrounding U.S. states. The U.S. states with expanding populations and economies, like Ontario, face the reality of replacing greenhouse gas emitting coal-fired plants with green energy, and refurbishing their nuclear reactors to extend their lifetime. Ontario is way ahead of our neighbouring U.S. states in renewing power generation. In essence, Ontario has paid for the same projects that U.S. states have not begun with yesterday’s money at near-zero interest rates. Our neighbouring U.S. states
are a decade behind us.
Conservatives like to claim that “Ontario businesses are struggling with red tape”
Wrong! In the Canadian Federation of Businesses’  2015 Red Tape Report
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Ontario received a rating of B+, tied for the second highest mark in the country. The truth of regulations in Ontario is that for every new regulation an Ontario Ministry proposes to generate, it must eliminate at least two others.
The Ontario Tories claim “Ontario is losing manufacturing jobs”
Wrong! Try singing that song in Meadowvale, home of the renaissance of Ontario advanced manufacturing. Since spring 2015, Ontario has gained more than 13,000 net new manufacturing jobs. Who says so? Statistics Canada, Table 282-008 – Labour force survey estimates (LFS), employment by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), seasonally adjusted and unadjusted, monthly (persons). In fact, Ontario’s manufacturing sector is leading Canada in growth while western Canada’s
resource economy languishes in low commodity prices.
Ontario Conservatives say “Ontario is faced with runaway debt”
Wrong! Ontario’s debt-to-GDP ratio is roughly the equivalent of looking at how much a family owes compared to how much it earns. Ontario’s debt-to-GDP ratio is about 39 percent. France’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 84 percent. Germany: 57 percent; Japan: 134 percent; South Korea: 32 percent; South Africa: 36 percent; the UK: 83 percent; USA: 88 percent. Canadian families average carry 160 percent of debt-to-income. Ontario did borrow a lot of money to get through the recession. There was a neo-con option: not borrowing the money. The USA largely took that option. It would have cost Ontario the auto industry; all the Province’s infrastructure renewal; and economists estimate between half a million and a million jobs. Now, Ontario has a lot of the state-of-the-art infrastructure that other jurisdictions put off to the future, and paid for with yesterday’s money at near-zero interest rates. And Ontario emerged from the recession more than three full years ahead of the United States. Borrowing and sensibly investing the money succeeded in growing the Ontario economy while other jurisdictions shrank, keeping the Province’s debt affordable.
The Tory mantra is that “pension reform is a payroll tax”
Baloney! By that reckoning, your home mortgage is a ‘housing tax.’ And your RRSP is a ‘retirement tax.’ The proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which is now a reformed Canada Pension Plan, is a savings plan that stays with you, and moves with you as your career progresses, just like the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) currently does. The federal government and the provinces agreed to reform the CPP to stay in step with the times. Ontario won’t let working families in the early and middle parts of their career see poverty become inevitable after they retire. See my MPP web site for more details.

If a statement sounds outrageous…

Most intelligent people have pretty good ‘nonsense meters.’ Yet in politics, some of the most outrageous claims don’t get subjected to rigorous reality checks. For example, repeatedly in Question Period at Queen’s Park, both opposition parties repeatedly, and falsely, assert that, for example, local distribution companies and Hydro One can unilaterally raise its electricity rates. Despite even Hydro One’s Preliminary Prospectus contradicting both opposition parties, the patently false claims continue.

Residents sometimes tell me similar patently false claims. I ask where they had heard such nonsense. The answers range from chain e-mails to Facebook comments to talk radio. People ask where they should go to find the truth.

Credible sources:

  • Ontario: The Province has an official web site. It is a great place to start your research check out www.ontario.ca, which is the official Government of Ontario web site. From there, you can link to every Ministry within the government. Also see the Links Page on Bob’s MPP web site.
  • On Energy: Start with the Ontario Ministry of Energy web site. Locally, see the Enersource web site for billing and local service issues.

Membership Renewal

Join your Liberal Party Riding Association

The Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association is looking for a few energetic people who want to help us shape Ontario’s future to join us on the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association Riding Association Executive.

Together, we organize Liberal political life in northwest Mississauga. Want to see what we do? Click here. When you get right down to it, our Riding Association team has won four consecutive elections together, become good friends, and continue to have a lot of fun doing it.

Interested? Call Riding President Tom Lewis at (289) 929-4881.

This is a good time to renew your Ontario Liberal Party membership. You can renew on-line now. Click here. The Riding Association hosts regular events through the calendar year. Be a part of it. See the Events Page on this web site. Become a Mississauga-Streetsville Liberal. Read more.


College Strike 2017

Facts Still Matter: College Strike

While the Province patiently worked the October-November college strike toward a solution, the Ontario PC Party continued its campaign of misinformation at Queen’s Park. Whether it’s a speech, a phone call, an interview or a scrum, Conservatives failed to remember that Facts Still Matter in Ontario.

PC Claim: “Well I want the Premier telling both sides [colleges and faculty] to get back to the table immediately”

Fact: In October, Premier Wynne did just that.

“I have committed to them and to all — we’ll do everything to encourage both sides to get back to the table…and we want everyone to get back to the table to come to an agreement there.”

(Source: Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Hansard, October 24, 2017)

PC Claim: “The government continues to sign these [energy] contracts”

Fact: The Province suspended Large Renewable Procurement last fall.

(Source: https://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2016/09/ontario-suspends-large-renewable-energy-procurement.html)

PC Claim: “This was just, you know, the government said they needed to hear from people and that’s why they needed to drag it out, but it was for political theatre”
Fact: We moved the legislation through the House as quickly as possible, while also balancing the democratic process and hearing from Ontarians on the specific details of the final bill.

Fact: It was also important to ensure the government’s decision making was on the public record, as this proved useful when a similar law faced a constitutional challenge in British Columbia.

Please share the Ontario Liberal Party website factsstillmatter.ca if you agree that Facts Still Matter in Ontario!


Energy Policies

NDP ludicrous; Conservatives MIA

As we look at the critical area of energy policy, the contrast between Ontario’s evolution to sustainable, non-polluting energy policy, and the mess proposed by the NDP, and the utter vacuum of the Ontario PC Party could not be more stark. Let’s look at the opposition ideas on energy:

NDP: mind-numbing, ineffective waste

The centrepiece of the NDP’s energy policy is to utterly waste more than $8 billion in taxpayer’s money in a re-nationalization of the partly-privatized Hydro One. Such a move would be a wholesale diversion from such infrastructure projects as the re-development of Trillium Health Partners hospitals at the Credit Valley and Queensway sites; cancellation of the Highway 401 widening; and a standstill on public transit projects that keep Mississauga from being trapped in gridlock.

For a complete analysis of the NDP energy policy mess, click here.

Four-point PC Party energy boondoggle

Don’t look for an Ontario PC Party energy policy, plan or program anywhere. It doesn’t exist. Instead, look at what the PC Party has done in the past, and says it will do in the future in the Legislature. Here is the de-facto four-point Ontario PC Party energy program:

  1. Do Nothing. Run all energy-generation and transmission assets into the ground. Don’t invest. Don’t spend. It is what they did in government in the 1990s, and in the years prior to that;
  2. Burn coal. During the Harris-Eves years, the principal electricity generation added by the Conservatives came from burning dirty coal. By the end of the last term of the last PC government, some 25 percent of Ontario’s electricity came from burning coal. Each year, the Greater Toronto Area endured more than 50 smog-alert, dirty-air days;
  3. Buy expensive electricity on the U.S. spot market. When Ontario ran short of power during the Harris-Eves years, which it regularly did, the last Conservative government bought expensive electricity (more than $1.00 per kWh on the U.S. spot market), which it re-sold at a whopping loss at 4.3 cents per kWh);
  4. Blame the Liberals. When all else fails, and under the Conservatives with electricity, all else always fails, they turn to ideology and incendiary rhetoric, and just blame the Liberals.

Get the facts about energy in Ontario

 


Annual Christmas Party

A Merry Christmas 2017

Christmas card photo 2017

Andrea and I, and our cats, Bebe (with Andrea) and Merlin (with Bob) took our annual Christmas card photo in the gazebo in our back yard in mid-October.

It was a great Sesquicentennial celebration year in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville. Riding Association members and supporters took time to both celebrate Christmas together, and talk about the 2018 Ontario election in mid-December at the Franklin House in Streetsville.

Bob’s U.S. activities

In 2017, MPP Bob Delaney made contributions toward support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the Canadian provinces and U.S. states in the Midwest through the Council of State Governments (CSG). Bob is, after the Ontario Speaker, the alternate CSG delegate. Read the CSG Midwest resolution in support of NAFTA. At the CSG Midwest annual meeting in Iowa in July, this resolution was adopted unanimously. Similarly, a policy resolution among the Midwest U.S. states and Canadian provinces on energy trade was adopted unanimously. Read it here. Ontario’s sheer size means it spans both the Eastern and Midwest regions of the America-wide Council of State Governments. Canadian provinces participate as equals with the U.S. states. The 2016 Eastern Region annual meeting of the Council of State governments was held in Quebec City, and the 2018 Midwest annual meeting will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


New MPP role

From Energy to Infrastructure

Your MPP has a new role in the government, as of October 19, 2017.

With the completion of the Fair Hydro Act, I’ve moved from the Ministry of Energy to the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure. It makes sense. I have known about the impending move for some time. There are some pressing issues with which to deal in Infrastructure within Ontario.

The move re-unites me with an old friend, Bob Chiarelli, with whom I worked in Energy for three successful years. I’ve quipped to my colleagues that I may be the only MPP who has served in our Ministry of Energy who is sorry to leave!

I loved the Energy file, thoroughly enjoyed working with the issues and the energy community (some of which relates to our infrastructure in Ontario and will continue anyway), and brought my education and work background in the sector to my Energy role.

I will be succeeded in Energy by Ottawa area MPP Nathalie Desrosiers. Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault did an outstanding job during his 2017 visit to Estimates Committee. Kudos to him for bringing along key experts in the sector, and showcasing their insight to deal with technical queries. Glenn has done a great job with the Fair Hydro Act, which has lowered electricity bills, and made the basis on which electricity charges are calculated more fair and equitable.


Thanksgiving 2017

The blessings of being an Ontarian

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our western Mississauga neighbourhoods of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville have enjoyed some of the best of the western world’s strongest economy in Ontario. We have a lot for which to be thankful.

A Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all our Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association members, friends and supporters.

In this 150th year of celebrating Ontario as a founding province of Canada (the other three of four were Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), we have a great deal to be thankful for.

Warm wishes to one and all in Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville.


Canada Day 2017

Canada Day 2017

On Saturday July 1 2017, Canada turned 150 years young.

Ontario is one of the ‘original four’ provinces of Canada, along with Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island was very close to joining Canada in 1867, but wanted more time to talk about it. Prince Edward Islanders valued dialogue and discussion as much then as Canadians do now. PEI finally joined Canada in 1873. Manitoba had joined Canada in 1870.

British Columbia joined Canada in 1871, with the promise of a railway (now the Canadian Pacific Railway) to link the east with the Pacific coast. With the Canadian Pacific Railway in service, and settlers populating the prairies (then called “Rupert’s Land”). Saskatchewan and Alberta completed the Atlantic to Pacific provincial lineup in 1905.

Happy Canada Day, Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville!