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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the new cabinet is veteran heavy , a couple new faces such as Michael Tibollo , Merrilee Fullerton and Peter Bethlenfalvy but mostly made up of former pc mpp's )



A look at Premier Doug Ford's 21-member cabinet



Web Staff, CTV News Toronto
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 10:59AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 29, 2018 11:03AM EDT


Premier Doug Ford has named a 21-member cabinet, merging a number of ministries together and mixing long-serving members with several rookies.

[WATCH LIVE as Doug Ford is sworn-in as Ontario's 26th Premier]

Peter Bethlenfalvy (Pickering—Uxbridge) – President of the Treasury Board


Raymond Cho (Scarborough—Rouge River) Minister for Seniors and Accessibility

Steve Clark (Leeds—Grenville) Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Christine Elliott (Newmarket—Aurora) Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier

Victor Fedeli (Nipissing) Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet

Doug Ford (Etobicoke North) assumes role as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in addition to premiership

Merrilee Fullerton (Kanata—Carleton) Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Ernie Hardeman (Oxford) Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Sylvia Jones (Dufferin—Caledon) Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport

Lisa MacLeod (Nepean—Carleton) Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister responsible for Women’s Issues

Monte McNaughton (Lambton—Kent—Middlesex) Minister of Infrastructure

Caroline Mulroney (York—Simcoe) Attorney General and Minister Respsonsible for Francophone Affairs

Rod Phillips (Ajax) Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parkland

Greg Rickford (Kenora—Rainy River) Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs

Laurie Scott (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock) Minister of Labour

Todd Smith (Bay of Quinte) Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Government House Leader

Lisa Thompson (Huron—Bruce) Minister of Education

Michael Tibollo (Vaughan—Woodbridge) Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Jim Wilson (Simcoe—Grey) Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

John Yakabuski (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke) Minister of Transportation

Jeff Yurek (Elgin—Middlesex—London) Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry


https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/a-look-at-premier-doug-ford-s-21-member-cabinet-1.3994323
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the geography of the cabinet is interesting , its actually a true "Ontario " cabinet with members from every region ( north , east , southwest , Toronto , 905 ) , not a Toronto centric cabinet like we had seen from the liberals


although some regions are oddly left out , not a single minister from the Hamilton> Peel corridor , even though the pc's won a number of seats there , the liberals previously had 3 ministers from just from Halton region . although as some veterans retire , I'd suspect some of these new mpp's will find there way into cabinet
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am happy enough with the cabinet;
The Premier opted for experience and I have no issue with that.

The lack of representation from Peel and Halton was surprising, however with the exception of Parm Gill and Jane McKenna there isn't a ton of incumbent political experience there which makes it understandable and sure eventually some of the talented MPPs from those regions will secure important posts.

Feel there were better options than Fedeli for Finance;
However he is a good enough option and still light years ahead of what we had.

Now that its done its time to get to it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know the personalities well enough to have much judgement. I like Lisa Thompson in Education. Hopefully, they don't cast their spell on her. The contenders for Brown's post were all taken care of. Ms Mulroney -- is she going with her Canadian name? -- occupies the Attorney General's office- another warren nest of PC kulchur.

Christine got Health, a huge bureaucracy, and one where compassion has a role. It feels like a good fit.

It looks to me as if Doug will 'figure it out' with the other premiers and Justin. But you can bet Vic will have him looking over his shoulder. There's going to be an audit, and Vix will feel more like a partner than a minister.

This will be so much better than the previous government if only because of the relief from the craziness. It'll be like a migraine has gone away. If they achieve what would be mediocre in Saskatchewan, they'll look like champs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( I never understood why a province that was broke would cover people who already had private health insurance to begin with )


Province announces prescription drug benefit changes to OHIP+

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The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018 3:47PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:55PM EDT


TORONTO - Ontario's government will no longer offer free prescriptions to kids and young adults with private coverage, the province's new health minister announced Saturday.

In a news release issued a day after the Progressive Conservative government was sworn in, Christine Elliott said the move follows through on Premier Doug Ford's campaign promise to find cost-cutting measures that don't slash jobs.

“Premier Ford promised the people he would find efficiencies without compromising service or jobs, and we are delivering,” said Elliott.


Children and youth who are not covered by private benefits will continue to receive their eligible prescriptions for free, the news release said, while those covered by private plans will bill those insurers first and the government second.

The release does not specify when the new system comes into effect, but Elliott said she looks forward to “working with insurance groups to ensure a smooth transition to this updated system.”

The head of a group that represents life and health insurance companies in Canada said his organization is also looking forward to working with the province on the new rules.

“We'll be reaching out to the government early next week to start working with them on that,” said Stephen Frank, president and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

Frank said the association is pleased with the Tories' plan, saying it's a way to maintain coverage for everyone, but in a more fiscally responsible manner.

“We think it's a win-win for everyone,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after Elliott was sworn in as minister of health and long-term care as part of the new Progressive Conservative cabinet.

OHIP+, enacted by the previous Liberal government just last year, offered free prescription medication for Ontarians under the age of 25.

It covered the 4,400-plus drugs included in the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, which is used by seniors and those on social assistance.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/province-announces-prescription-drug-benefit-changes-to-ohip-1.3995753
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These first announcements set the tone of the government. The first was a freeze on pay 9ncreases. Shortly afterwards, this one. Nobody's hurt. mpney is saved.

It won't always be like this, of course, but it illustrates a philosophy Ford is going to squeeze $6 billion out of a $150+ billion budget -- over three or four years. It probably means finding 2% waste a year for that time.

That, at least, is the picture being presented.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Requiring private plans to be the first source of payment for individuals under 25 likely saves the Province around 300-500m a year depending on the percentage of those who are under 25 already have coverage through their parents or themselves.

This was pretty low hanging fruit;
The goal of the program is still attained whereas you have coverage for those under 25 but you shift the burden for some of that back to private insurance where it always was to begin with.

Considering they have been officially in office for less than a week they are not struggling too hard to find that proverbial "gravy" and I hate the term gravy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least he recognizes where the low hanging fruit are!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
At least he recognizes where the low hanging fruit are!


That is a huge plus;
The last government projected over 10b of revenue growth by 2020,
If that is even remotely the case all the Premier needs to do is let existing timed spending lapse and stop spending at the rate of revenue growth +
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Trudeau suggests Ford doesn't fully understand Canada's refugee system

...Emerging from the meeting alone, Trudeau suggested Ford may not fully understand Canada's international obligations when it comes to asylum seekers.

"I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate," he said.

"At the same time I agreed that it would be good for our officials to sit down and get clarity on how we can actually work together to ensure that we are holding true to our values but making sure that our immigration and refugee system is being applied in its integrity."

Lisa MacLeod, the provincial minister overseeing the immigration file, said Trudeau's comments were "disrespectful" and argued neither the province nor its municipalities should be on the hook for commitments made by the prime minister....


https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/trudeau-suggests-ford-doesn-t-fully-understand-canada-s-refugee-system-1.4001306
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoever is managing the Prime Minister's PR team over the last few months has helped the opposition more than their respective leaders have.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heartily concur. What strikes me is how, already, Trudeau recognizes that the voice of the opposition is coming from Ford, but he's likely to be joined by Kenney and Moe. This is going to end up as "interprovincial conflict".

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2018/07/05/ontario-says-ottawa-should-pay-for-the-mess-caused-by-illegal-border-crossers/#.Wz5ZFNVKiUl

Scheer has to find a way of gaining and using the spotlight and learn how to talk in soundbites.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Heartily concur. What strikes me is how, already, Trudeau recognizes that the voice of the opposition is coming from Ford, but he's likely to be joined by Kenney and Moe. This is going to end up as "interprovincial conflict".

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2018/07/05/ontario-says-ottawa-should-pay-for-the-mess-caused-by-illegal-border-crossers/#.Wz5ZFNVKiUl

Scheer has to find a way of gaining and using the spotlight and learn how to talk in soundbites.


Taken from your article above;

Quote:
Ontario has been promised $11 million by the federal government but Toronto Mayor John Tory has said the city alone needs $64 million to recoup costs. The number of refugees and asylum claimants using the city's shelter system went from 459 in 2016 to 3,209 as of last month, according to a city report.


That is staggering!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This from a couple of months ago ... the reporter, the notorious Faith Goldy at an illegal border crossing in Quebec. if you go back to her earlier videos on the subject, you can see how fast this is growing. In another video, she showed the local town ran a bus out to the border crossing point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apUeAyP1pls

There is a big housing problem at the other end, and a lot of these people spend a couple of weeks in the Big O in Montreal. You know, like in Pinochet's Chile.

If you wait for this to show up in the Globe&Mail, you'll wait a long time.

As an amusing addenda -- how the reporters got treated at the border as they returned to Canada. As you might imagine, there were warnings ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDowAnUpbVo
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