Responsive Government

Electoral Reform: Runoff Elections

This is an answer to electoral reform, which improves on the first-past-the-post system. Legitimacy of elected candidates is improved as well as potential increases in democratic engagement. When a candidate does not win 50+1% on the first ballot, a second ballot would reduce the number of eligible candidates to two, and ballots would be cast after an additional period of campaigning. The second ballot would deliver a ...more »

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Responsive Government

Highway and Area Closures for Transportation Incidents

Ensure all responder agencies (OPP/police, MOL, MOECC, fire departments, municipal public works, etc.) have a coordinated response system to ensure that highway or area closures can be dealt with in a quick manner to ensure Ontario's roads are clear of issues/accidents as quickly as possible. Specifically for highway closures, consider the cost of citizens sitting in traffic to be higher than having government agencies ...more »

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Responsive Government

School board reform

It used to be that school boards were elected, and had power to levy taxes, and they were run responsibly. Over time we have ended up with dysfunctional school boards and with them not having much power but the province needing to step in because they go into debt or otherwise fail. We need a commission to review school board governance and funding across the province, as well as the fairness of the way education taxes ...more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

All-Day, Two Way GO Service on Milton Line

All-day, two-way GO service on the Milton Corridor is critical to the growth of Mississauga. Outside of the Lakeshore West GO corridor, the Milton Corridor is the busiest. Over 77,000 jobs are located along the corridor and a significant amount of Mississauga's residential population. The line has 6 stops in Mississauga, connecting downtown Toronto to Mississauga and beyond to Milton, one of the fastest growing communities ...more »

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Lifelong Learning

Teacher Education

I think that we would see a great improvement in student learning if the requirements for becoming a teacher were more stringent. For a number of Faculties of Education, a university student must have only a C+ average in their university courses in order to be eligible to apply for a teaching degree. Once in the Faculty of Education, the student teachers are required to just pass their courses and complete their practical ...more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Provincial Housing Crisis

The Ontario Liberals should commit to building at least 350,000 rental, social, co-op, and owner-purchase homes "through partnerships" over 10 years to deal with Ontario's growing housing crisis which is seeing even those individuals who are gainfully employed full time - unable to afford to rent - much less own a home in many parts of the province. Increasing the supply of housing is the best way to make housing more ...more »

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Lifelong Learning

Ontario; the province of innovation

Ontario has a responsibility to herself to ensure that the Province and its people are prepared for the future, to both embrace it and to shape it, through the development of an innovation society. Innovation in technology, or anything, cannot readily be proscribed but is instead the positive by-product of context and conditions. While society through its governments may create short bursts of research, development, ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

Support Construction of Privately Funded, Publicly Sold Apartments

Home prices and rents are rising across Ontario, and are putting huge pressure on the affordability of living in the province; in major urban areas costs are completely out of control. I am proposing a for-profit program with a guaranteed return of 5% for investors, which will cover its own costs, and put significant downward pressure on the current cost of condos and apartments in urban areas. This program will involve ...more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Criminal Justice Reforms of our Parole & Probation Systems

The Liberal re-election platform must commit to the introduction of new legislation or regulations to stem the tide of a problem of a rising number of non-violent first-time offenders from being denied their constitutional right to parole and or probation. Canada’s parole system now faces an almost insurmountable task of implementing significant constitutional, legal, and institutional reforms to correct the negative ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

Foreign Ontarian Buyers Tax

I've notice (during my hosing hunt), that a lot of condos in Toronto are actually own by people not living in Ontario (let alone Toronto). If we have a foreign buyers tax, why not something similar for people buying/selling homes who don't even live in the province? Homes, condos, apartments, etc. should first and foremost be for living... NOT investments to make money. Priority for home ownership should be for residents ...more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Create Half Day Statutory Holiday on Christmas Eve

While I support more full day paid statutory holidays (at least one more) in Ontario to put us on par with provinces such as Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia - employers do tend to balk at the idea of more full day statutory holidays as well as ones during times when unofficial holidays do not exist. Therefore, since many employers in Ontario already give their workers Christmas Eve day off - coupled with the ...more »

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