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  1. Mendalla

    Can electoral reform ever happen at this rate?

    After a trial run of ranked balloting in a municipal election here in London, the Ford government is now moving to scrap the option, preventing us from using it again and scuttling other planned trials in places like Kingston. And, sadly, a report from a group at Western just proclaimed the...
  2. Mendalla

    A cool, positive political story

    Saw this and thought it was a neat story. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/theyre-mpps-for-opposing-parties-theyre-family-and-they-get-along-great/ar-BBYkInW?li=AAggXBV Short version: Ontario Minister of Agriculture (under both Mike Harris and Doug Ford) Ernie Hardeman and NDP...
  3. Mendalla

    Yes, we can catch the fake news disseminators and hidden operators...if we try

    We've had a political firestorm blow up here in London. "Fake news" sites that attacked two council candidates, both women, in last fall's municipal elections have been traced to the owner of a political consulting firm used by several candidates here in that election. One of those two lost and...
  4. Mendalla

    The return of Hurricane Hazel

    No, not the storm from the 1950s, but the feisty former long-running mayor of Mississauga, Ontario. Hazel McCallion has accepted an advisory job in the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs worth an estimated $150K. Not bad for a 97-year-old. Former mayor Hazel McCallion, 97, to become special...
  5. Mendalla

    The voters were right ... to toss us out

    Ontario voters were right to ditch the Liberals: Fraser - iPolitics A rather refreshing perspective to hear from a defeated political party. The Ontario Liberal Party's interim leader John Fraser has essentially said they have no one but themselves to blame for their defeat and need to start...
  6. Mendalla

    Toronto vs. Ontario

    The Ford government's "reform" of Toronto's wards was discussed in the Municipal Elections thread but it probably deserves its own. Short version to date: Short after taking power, Premier Doug Ford announced the province was going to unilaterally cut the number of wards in Toronto from 47 to...
  7. Mendalla

    Toronto leaving Ontario??

    In the wake of the Ford government's release of its plan to reform Toronto city council, former city planner Jennifer Keesmaat jumped into the mayoralty race. Apparently, people had urged her to do so before, but she wasn't planning to run this year until the Ford announcement. Her plan? Secede...
  8. Mendalla

    The Ontario vote under different voting systems

    I have mixed feelings about changing how votes are counted. I am not happy with single member plurality (the technical name for first past the post). Getting 60% of the seats with only 40% of the vote, as our PCs did, isn't even the biggest problem. Our Liberals were reduced to only 6% of the...
  9. Mendalla

    Is Ontario headed for another Wynne win?

    Oh God, are the PCs really trying to pull defeat from the jaws of victory again? Party infighting with members threatening to defect to splinter parties or even the NDP is not the face a party with a high chance of victory in less than a year should be showing the public. They are ahead now but...