#GrassrootsGlimpse: A snapshot of the new 2022 Ontario MPPs

Following the 2022 Ontario provincial elections, 36 new Members of Provincial Parliament have been announced. 36 out of 124 Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) will be taking a seat in the Legislative Chamber for the first…

Ontario’s Budget 2023 Stays Focused on Tory Priorities

In April of 2022, the provincial government in Ontario got back on track by releasing a spring budget after the previous two years were disrupted by the pandemic. In that budget they clearly identified that priorities moving forward would focus…

Ontario's Legislative Preview

Late July is likely the most popular time for taking family holidays and time off, including those who work in government. Yet this summer, much like the preceding two, things continue to be far from “normal” in terms of what is likely…

Ontario’s 2022 Election is in the Books – What Happened and What to Look For Next

The Results The pollsters got this election right – a Ford majority seemed increasingly popular as the election campaign progressed and when the dust settled the PC Party ended up with a massive 83 seat super majority. It was a fantastic…

2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build

Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy rose in the Ontario legislature yesterday afternoon and tabled the Ford government’s long awaited provincial budget. A month later than usual, the budget nicely coincides with the imminent writ…
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Ontario Budget 2021: A Blueprint for Recovery

On Wednesday afternoon, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered the much-anticipated 2021 Ontario budget. After the COVID-19 pandemic delayed last year’s budget until the fall, the government is likely eager to get things back on track as it moves towards the 2022 provincial election.

Fiscal Governance in a Pandemic: Ontario's Provincial Budget

On Thursday, in a sparsely populated legislature, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips rose to deliver the government’s provincial budget, almost eight months after originally scheduled. In a year like no other, fallout from the pandemic and a struggling economy has forced this government to bury their fiscally conservative tendencies in favour of increased spending to support Ontarians.
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Queen's Park Update: October 2020

2020 continues to be challenging for everyone, governments included. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Ford government to chuck the playbook from 2019 and essentially start from scratch. Governments have never been very good at planning long-term but nowadays, with the pandemic and changing priorities on a weekly basis, every government’s priority is focused on protecting the health and well-being of its citizens; while simultaneously doing whatever possible to help an economy that has been devastated since the lockdown.
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Queen's Park Update: Summer 2020

If you thought the last few months of politics at Queen’s Park were a blur, you’re not alone

Ford shuffles cabinet for a fresh start

Peter Seemann comments on the Ford government's cabinet shuffle of June 20th, 2019.