MPPs should be required to publicly list all of their expense claims, just as Elizabeth May is doing at the federal level on her web site. All receipts can be seen online. If she can do it so can all MPPs and MPs.
Annual Government Budgets and updates as well as bills with spending implications are often slanted and/or biased to put the governing Party in the best possible light. There should be a Legislative Budget Officer (similar to the Federal Parliamentary Budget Officer), non-partisan and independent of the Legislature, to analyze and comment on the accuracy and implications of Legislative Financial Releases.
For years the PPSA has contained a provision that provided for a deemed trust for pension claims. In many instances, the courts did not enforce this provision because insolvency laws are federal laws. The Indalex decision changed that by recognizing that the windup deficiency of a pension plan is protected by the provincial law. In the last budget, there is a statement which indicates that the Liberal government will ...more »
In 2007 there was a referendum on electoral reform. The proposed mixed-member proportional representation system was defeated 63% to 37%. However, that result is not the full picture. As I found out from door-to-door canvassing, most voters knew absolutely nothing about the proposed system or did not even know that there was a referendum being held jointly with the provincial election. They understandably voted for the ...more »
Politicians at all levels are entrusted to govern in the best interests of their constituents and to protect the public purse. Currently, individuals at all three levels of government are embroiled in scandals concerning negligence, malfeasance, neglect and criminality. Political recall (removal from office) and legal action (where evidence of criminal activity is suspected) would make politicians personally accountable ...more »
The government currently has a Deputy Minister in charge of leading a government-wide "Open Data" project, yet submitting a simple Freedom of Information (FOI) request still requires one to find a form online, print it, fill it out, find an envelope/stamp, write a cheque and mail it to the relevant ministry. It's not 1982 anymore. All of this could and should easily be moved online and credit card payment allowed. It's ...more »
Open Data is the idea that non-personal data that is collected by the government should not be sold back to Ontarians, but rather given out freely. It would allow data to be shared freely without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. What should also be encouraged is the sharing of this data in open data formats. Ranging from budgets to economic reports, rather than using closed data formats ...more »
Elected MPP's need a REAL voice in legislature. Party leaders are now constantly whipping votes and it has become FAR to commonplace. Each and every MPP was voted in and each representative should have a voice. No MPP should be "muzzled" and removed from caucus for listening and speaking out for the voters in their respective ridings. Time for Fair, Equal and Democratic Representation at Queens Park.
We need proportional representation at all levels of government in Ontario. PR is about making policy that Ontarians want and need. PR is about representing us in all our diversity: women, minorities and all underrepresented voices. It is great that the Liberal government is seeking this grassroots input and great to see the diversity of ideas. This is what PR gives us as well: many more ideas and voices to make good ...more »
When speaking of teachers, politicians and the public often refer to teachers only working 9 months out of the year. Yet the Members of Legislative Authority (the MPP's) work fewer days of the year.
MPP's should work full years and only have the same vacation time as all other public sector employees. They should further be required to attend Queens Park for at a minimum of 200 days of the year.
Both government bills and private members' business can be reinstated in the Commons, however this is not so in the Provincial Legislature. As this occurrence is becoming utilized more recently as a popular political tactic that wastes time, funds and energy and is no longer practical or cost effective. If bills have passed 2nd reading they should be able to be reinstated and put forward for final vote. This would ...more »
The citizenry of Ontario has no way of knowing how much has been collected and used to pay down this deficit or how much is left to be paid down. Since it is a significant amount on each home/business's bill it is something we should be aware of.