Monthly Archives: April 2011

Harpernomics versus federal transit funding

The federal transit pass credit is designed to make the cost of public transit more affordable for working individuals and families. But with transit costs always rising and cash-strapped municipalities forced to hike fares because the federal government won’t chip in, has the tax credit really saved anyone real money?

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Beaches-East York all candidates’ debate

On Wednesday, I attended an all-candidates’ debate for the federal candidates for the riding of Beaches-East York, my home riding in eastern Toronto. The debate was held from 7-9pm at the Beaches United Church on Wineva Ave, but I missed …

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Harper Government: defenders of democracy

It seems the Conservative Party of Canada is standing up for Canadians’ democratic rights and defending a highly formal process by which we select our leaders. That is a noble and admirable goal. However, this is coming from a party that’s gone to great lengths to circumvent that democracy.

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Why aren’t corporate tax cuts working?

Most economists now agree that Reaganomics actually didn’t result in any significant economic growth that wasn’t explained by regular economic cycles, while public debt exploded and private saving was reduced to almost nothing. The deficit grew every year until Bill Clinton raised tax rates in 1993, cutting the deficit in half in a single year.

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Why are all the anti-Rob Fords panning subway construction?

Why does it seem like pundits on the left are always talking up light rail over subways in Toronto? Is there some kind of bizarre pinko conspiracy? Do lefties hate subways? Are we afraid of tunnels? Do we think that only the downtown elite should have effective transit? Or are there partisans among us that will just disagree with anything Rob Ford says, just because he said it?

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