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Ontario Senate - Unelected Legislative Chamber

Having an upper legislative chamber is vital for a vibrant province such as Ontario. The benefits of having an upper, unelected legislative chamber are numerous, among them the following:-
1) having unelected legislative body,from a non-politician class, to scrutinize, monitor, and advise on legislation and other roles entrusted to the OLA.
2) allowing contributions by non-political class to be made in the legislative... more »

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All MPPs must be Catholic.

Since one-third of Ontario public school teaching positions are reserved for Catholics and non-Catholics can not apply, it makes sense that one-third of our elected officials also are reserved only for Catholics as well. MPPs, combined with federal and local elections, represent about one-third of our elected officials.

So, anyone running for MPP office in Ontario must be a baptized and practicing (whatever that means)... more »

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Remove From Hiring Applications the Check Box That Asks If Applicants Have a Criminal Record

Ontario should implement Ban the Box legislation. It was started by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign... more »

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Hang Portraits of the Queen

The role of the Crown is both legal and practical; it functions in Ontario in the same way it does in all of Canada's other provinces, being the centre of a constitutional construct in which the institutions of government acting under the sovereign's authority share the power of the whole. It is thus the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the province's government.

A viceregal suite in... more »

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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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Education Reforms

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 students being “excluded” from the education system under the existing Education Act and outside the existing Education Act within the Safe Schools Act and its Safe Schools Alternative Programs.

Thousands of students are kicked out of Ontario schools each year, with educators... more »

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Make contributions to the Ontario Opportunities Fund 100% deductible against Ontario income tax

The Ontario Opportunities Fund (https://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/oof/index.html) was set up in the 1990s, I believe at a time when some people complained that tax cuts were not good and that they would willingly pay more taxes to continue having the same government funded services. The fact that almost no one actually contributes (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/12/20/ontarians-urged-to-help-province-pay-off-its-debt.html)... more »

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Real Gender Equality in Parliament

The small proportion of women in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario reflects the inequality of women in society - and political parties have to date been unable to provide a means or mechanism to resolve the gross inequality of representation.

I believe that gender balance achieved by having an equal number of men and women elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario would provide greater democracy and lead to policies... more »

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When Exacting Legislation, Budgets and Informing People and when running for elections

When it comes to elections, budgets, legislation and anything else people have a right to be informed to the utmost and not just people in their parties. I believe much more has to be done to get people involved, inspired, informed and enthusiastic with the system. That is something that the Liberal party and all parties should be focused on. Right now, I believe not enough is happening with regards to that. When parties... more »

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Allow municipalities to auction off licences and permits instead of only recovering administrations costs

Ontario municipalities are limited in that if they want to issue permits or licences, such as taxi licenses, they can only charge the cost of administering the licenses as opposed to the market value - this means that for some licenses which are limited in supply,the market value is much more than the government recovers - meaning the licenses can be sold or transferred at a profit.

Take taxi licenses for example - these... more »

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ELECTION ACT REFORM

Behaviour of candidates during the electoral process in the U.S.A. was reprehensible! Disagreement among candidates and members of the voting public is to be expected. Civil (and even heated debate) is fair ball. But, let's debate the issues--I want money spent on health care and you want it spent on education--OK, let's talk it out--advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits! Let's not get down into the gutter--no... more »

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Have 2 part elections - a primary or run-off

The US political system has primary election - the best ones are in states where independents can choose to vote, as opposed to only party members who tend to be on the extremes.
France has a system whereby the elections have 2 stpes, with the first round being a means of selecting the 2 finalists to run off against each other.

In our system, local candidates are selected by a handful or party members, or sometimes... more »

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I find some of the subjects relevant to me and some not. Are any comments and votes forwarded the liberals, hopefully so as I would like my comments and voting on various topics to hopefully make a difference.

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Change the Libel and Slander Act to recognise the Internet is different from print or radio

The 1990 Libel and Slander Act limits the ability of citizens to sue newspapers and broadcasters. All other forms of defamation are not covered by the Act and anyone suing for defamation need not care about what the act says.

There are notice provisions that protect the media from being sued, and if a person delays or does not provide the same sort of notice, then the media is exempt from being sued.

The Act was written... more »

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