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If you spend your time pushing a broken wagon up a hill don’t expect a ride down

In honor of #InternationalDayofpeoplewithdisability Christy Clark should repeal her odious bus pass policy

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, protesters say B.C. isn’t doing enough

Christy Clark says province close to endorsing Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Christy Clark Says Feds Are ‘Very Close’ To Meeting Her Conditions For Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval

meaning #FirstNation rights ignored.

 
Christy Clark wants to lift ban on setting oil spills on fire, toxic chemical dispersants

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What the B.C. Liberals new home buying scam actually looks like

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B.C. Liberals should end unethical payments to Premier Clark

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POLL: 70% of BC Public Support Pausing Site C Dam Construction
Clark vows to ‘get past point of no return’

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One in Five Kids in BC Is Poor, Report Finds
Despite small gains in reducing poverty, ‘a lot of people are just holding on.’

How Christy can even sleep at night knowing that we have one of the highest poverty rates in Canada — and we are the ONLY province without a poverty reduction plan — is beyond my comprehension

We are talking about a government that spent $514 million on a stadium roof, gave $1 million to Clark’s church, sold publicly owned land for far less than appraisers said it was worth (costing taxpayers the loss of $43 million, according to the NDP), offers some of the best tax breaks for corporations in Canada and just sold a ferry that recently had $15 million of upgrades for a reported $1.8 million (to a former B.C. Ferries manager, no less).

We like to think of ourselves as a caring, civilized society, but in fact we have been tolerating and sustaining shameful levels of child and family poverty for decades
 
Christy Clark pledges new loan program for first-time buyers means more young people can afford a home in B.C.

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“It’s good politics, but bad policy”, explains Michael Prince, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria
Opinion: B.C.’s new first-time homebuyer loans are a bad idea

Top 9 Scandals Of Christy Clark, B.C. Liberal Party
9. YogaGate
8. B.C. taxpayers lose $43 million in land deal
7. Child labour laws
6. Christy’s LNG fiasco
5. Christy’s ethnic vote plan
4. Education crisis
3. Religious connections
2. The Nestlé controversy
1. Health care firings

 
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The government can’t fire eight health researchers and claim Health Minister and Head of Public Service doesn’t know why.
B.C. health researcher firing scandal timeline
Christy Clark’s office involved in controversial firing of health researchers, claims NDP

Child care costs MORE than a mortgage payment!
What does child care actually cost in Canada?

The notion that media corporations donate to governing party would be considered betrayal of journalism
5 Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations

 
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Clark will tell you she “balanced the budget”. She did it by refusing to support those who need it most.
Opinion: B.C.’s balanced budgets paid for by Liberals’ social services deficit

‘It’s embarrassing’: Experts, politicians weigh in on NYT article exposing B.C. political cash

Revealed: Inside the B.C. Government’s Site C Spin Machine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Partner

Wynne came out as a lesbian when she was 37 years old. She married partner Jane Rounthwaite in 2005 after meeting her at Queen’s University 30 years prior. They met when Rounthwaite interviewed her for the job of floor proctor.

http://www.thestar.com/projects/kathleen_wynne.html

Public Servant

Before being elected as an MPP for Don Valley West, she was a trustee for Ward 8 on the Toronto District School Board. She also worked as a conflict mediation professional.

Defiant

When she first ran in Don Valley West in 2003, she was told that a gay woman could not win. She did anyway.

Giant-Killer

She defeated then-PC leader and now Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory in the riding of Don Valley West in 2007, making him the first party leader to lose a seat in 17 years.

Tory Loses Seat To Kathleen Wynne

Trailblazer

Wynne is Canada’s first openly gay premier and Ontario’s first female premier.

Athlete

Wynne is an avid runner. An Liberal ad from 2013 shows her pounding the pavement hard.

 

 
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Revenue down, spending up
– The deficit is expected to rise to $12.5 billion next year from $11.3 billion in 2013-14, before falling to $8.9 billion in 2015-16. The Liberals say they still plan to balance the books by 2017-18.
– Revenues are down almost $1.2 billion from the budget projections for 2013-14 to an estimated $115.6 billion.
– Program spending will grow next year by almost $3 billion.
– Net debt ballooned to $269.2 billion for the year ending March 31 from $252.1 billion the previous year, leaving a debt-to-GDP ratio of 38.9 per cent, which is expected to grow to 40.3 per cent next year.

Tax hike for the well off
There will be a new tax rate of 12.16 per cent on income between $150,000 and $220,000. The 13.16 per cent tax rate for incomes above $514,000 will now apply to incomes above $220,000.

Tobacco tax hike
The budget increases the tobacco tax from 12.35 cents a cigarette to 13.975 cents or $3.25 on a carton of 200, but the tax rate on cigars remains unchanged at 56.6 per cent.

A new retirement plan
– The budget proposes a new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan for people without a workplace pension will require contributions from employers and workers of 1.9 per cent of salary. Someone earning $70.000 a year would pay $1,263 into the pension plan and their employer would match that amount. The new plan would be introduced in 2017.

An aviation fuel tax hike
Pricier flights? They could be on the way.

– The budget would hike the provincial tax on aviation fuel by four cents a litre over four years.

Lots of spending – Here’s the big stuff
The budget has lots of new spending.

– $29 billion over 10 years for public transit, roads, bridges and infrastructure.
– $11.4 billion over 10 years for hospital expansion and redevelopment projects.
– $11 billion over 10 years to repair, upgrade and build new elementary and high schools.
– $2.5 billion over 10 years for a new jobs fund which would give grants to corporations.
– $1 billion to help build a road to the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit in northern Ontario, but the money is contingent on getting matching funds from the federal government.

The spending: the smaller stuff
Here are some of the smaller spending initiatives in the budget.

– $810 million over three years for community supports for adults with developmental disabilities.
– $294 million for a program that helps prevent homelessness.
– $32 million to expand school breakfast and lunch programs.
– Replace the Northern Allowance for people on social assistance with a Remote Communities Allowance adding $50 a month for the first person and $25 a month for each additional family member.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government delivered its 2014-2015 budget on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

Revenue down, spending up
– The deficit is expected to rise to $12.5 billion next year from $11.3 billion in 2013-14, before falling to $8.9 billion in 2015-16. The Liberals say they still plan to balance the books by 2017-18.
– Revenues are down almost $1.2 billion from the budget projections for 2013-14 to an estimated $115.6 billion.
– Program spending will grow next year by almost $3 billion.
– Net debt ballooned to $269.2 billion for the year ending March 31 from $252.1 billion the previous year, leaving a debt-to-GDP ratio of 38.9 per cent, which is expected to grow to 40.3 per cent next year.

Tax hike for the well off
There will be a new tax rate of 12.16 per cent on income between $150,000 and $220,000. The 13.16 per cent tax rate for incomes above $514,000 will now apply to incomes above $220,000.

Tobacco tax hike
The budget increases the tobacco tax from 12.35 cents a cigarette to 13.975 cents or $3.25 on a carton of 200, but the tax rate on cigars remains unchanged at 56.6 per cent.

A new retirement plan
– The budget proposes a new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan for people without a workplace pension will require contributions from employers and workers of 1.9 per cent of salary. Someone earning $70.000 a year would pay $1,263 into the pension plan and their employer would match that amount. The new plan would be introduced in 2017.

An aviation fuel tax hike
Pricier flights? They could be on the way.

– The budget would hike the provincial tax on aviation fuel by four cents a litre over four years.

Lots of spending – Here’s the big stuff
The budget has lots of new spending.

– $29 billion over 10 years for public transit, roads, bridges and infrastructure.
– $11.4 billion over 10 years for hospital expansion and redevelopment projects.
– $11 billion over 10 years to repair, upgrade and build new elementary and high schools.
– $2.5 billion over 10 years for a new jobs fund which would give grants to corporations.
– $1 billion to help build a road to the remote Ring of Fire mineral deposit in northern Ontario, but the money is contingent on getting matching funds from the federal government.

The spending: the smaller stuff
Here are some of the smaller spending initiatives in the budget.

– $810 million over three years for community supports for adults with developmental disabilities.
– $294 million for a program that helps prevent homelessness.
– $32 million to expand school breakfast and lunch programs.
– Replace the Northern Allowance for people on social assistance with a Remote Communities Allowance adding $50 a month for the first person and $25 a month for each additional family member.