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Don't expect Wynne to step down

Recent polls have contained a lot of bad news for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

In the latest by Mainstreet/Postmedia last week, 58% of Ontarians want her to resign before the 2018 election, with even higher numbers in the Greater Toronto Area (62%) and Toronto (67%).

Wynne's approval rating is 15% compared to 67% who disapprove of her performance, with 30% strongly disapproving.

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New Ontario sex-ed protest party puts two candidates in November 17 by-elections

A new political party formed to protest the Liberal government's sex-ed curriculum is running candidates in the two upcoming November 17 provincial by-elections.

Elisabeth de Viel Castel is a candidate for the Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda Party in the Ottawa-Vanier riding, and Party leader Queenie Yu is a candidate in the Niagara West -Glanbrook riding.

A young mother of two, de Viel Castel is the daughter of former MP Pierre Lemieux, who is running for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

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'I said enough is enough': Ex-Ontario ombudsman to run for Progressive Conservatives in byelection

Former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin wants to run for the opposition Progressive Conservatives in the upcoming Ottawa-Vanier byelection, driven into elected politics by anger over petty tweaks to electricity prices announced in the latest throne speech.

"You have an institution, which is parliament, and the speech from the throne is reserved for some pretty big stuff. Policy directions, big changes," Marin said in an interview Friday. Instead, Premier Kathleen Wynne used the Sept. 12 speech to tout a hydro rebate equivalent to provincial sales tax and a plan for more daycare spaces.

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Trump, not Clinton, will defend the Western tradition

America is on the decline. There is little doubt about it. Economically, culturally, by birth rate -- however you want to weigh it.

But the flame still flickers. It's not out yet. And the issue we face right now, those of us who have been blessed to inherit the fruits of Western civilization, is how we deal with this decline.

Are we merely caretakers of this process, quietly putting the great city on the hill to a premature sleep? Or do we fight the dimming of the light?

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Brown turning his back on social conservative support

He needed them at one time, in a big way, to defeat Christine Elliott and take leadership of the party.

But Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown does not seem to need nor want social conservatives anymore.

"If you want a rigid ideologue as premier, vote for someone else," Brown declared in response to those who feel he flip-flopped several times on Ontario's sexual-education curriculum and went against promises to scrap its controversial revisions, which he says he no longer opposes.

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No public hearings on gender identity protection bill

Conservative MP Ted Falk never thought he would see the day the public would not be consulted by Parliament and bypassed by government.

It has happened.

The vice-chair of Bill C-16's standing committee confirmed there will be no public hearings.

"The committee decided to move directly into clause-by-clause study of Bill C-16," said the Manitoba politician.

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Patrick Brown supporters feel double-crossed

They feel used, abused and double-crossed.

And if Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown does not address this with some core supporters who helped him beat Christine Elliott for the leadership last year, they plan to ramp up efforts to try to force him out even before the next election.

Some are not even waiting.

"Brown should step down, or else face a leadership review before the 2018 general election," said Jack Fonseca, of Campaign Life Coalition, one of several socially conservative groups whose supporters purchased memberships to thrust him to victory.

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Social conservatives accuse Patrick Brown of muzzling candidate on sex ed

Social conservatives accuse Patrick Brown of "muzzling" the Progressive Conservative candidate in an upcoming Ontario byelection to downplay the party leader's flip-flopping on sex education.

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff defeated the PC party president and a vice-president to win the nomination for the Nov. 17 byelection in Niagara-West Glanbrook, in part by campaigning against the province's updated sex-education curriculum.

Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, said Oosterhoff ran on a "socially conservative platform," and was talking about Ontario's sex-education curriculum when he vowed to stand up for parents as first educators.

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Trudeau adopts Harper's climate targets

Federal Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna finally admitted the painfully obvious on Sunday.

She acknowledged the Trudeau Liberals are not going to toughen Stephen Harper's targets for reducing industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change.

This means that after years spent in opposition attacking as inadequate Harper's targets of lowering GHG emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, and to 30% by 2030, the Liberals are adopting them.

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19-year-old social conservative defeats Brown-backed PC president for nomination

In what is likely a wake up call to Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, a 19-year-old university student running on a pro-family and pro-parental rights ticket won a key nomination battle over the weekend, beating Brown's hand-picked candidate and party president Rick Dykstra.

Sam Oosterhoff received 699 votes compared with Dykstra's 525 to become the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook, the territory of former PC party leader Tim Hudak.

Oosterhoff, who would become the youngest MPP in Ontario history should he win the Nov. 17 by-election, is a political science student at Brock University.

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Throne speech all smoke and mirrors

The Ontario Liberals took a step toward clinging to power Monday by fiddling with the power - again.

In Premier Kathleen Wynne's throne speech, the government said it plans to remove the provincial portion of the HST from hydro bills.

This because Wynne finally "gets it" that people are angry about electricity costs.

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Tory leadership hopeful Brad Trost pledges to enact pro-life legislation as PM

MP Brad Trost says he will enact pro-life legislation that is part of the Conservative Party's current policy if elected prime minister as leader of that party.

The Saskatchewan MP told CTV Question Period's host Evan Solomon Sunday that he had officially registered in the Conservative Party leadership race, and that his party's platform supports an Unborn Victims of Crime law, and condemns gender-selection abortion.

Conservative MP Ken Epp introduced the Unborn Victims of Crime Act in 2007, which had passed second reading when the 2008 election was called. Stephen Harper's second Conservative minority government did not re-introduce the bill, nor did his subsequent majority government.

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Premier Wynne proroguing legislature

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is proroguing the legislature so that her government can deliver a new throne speech Monday.

A speech from the throne is an opportunity for the Liberal government - with low approval ratings - to outline a new set of priorities less than two years away from the next provincial election.

Major pieces of legislation for the government's previous priorities have already been passed, including ones to enable a cap-and-trade system and the partial sale of Hydro One.

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'The level of disrespect shown by the Prime Minister and his government today is stunning': Brad Wall

Premier Brad Wall is ripping into the federal government after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement of a federal tax on carbon emissions Monday.

"I cannot believe that while the country's environment ministers were meeting on a so-called collaborative climate change plan, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and announced a carbon tax unilaterally," Wall said in a statement.

"This meeting is not worth the CO2 emissions it took for environment ministers to get there," the statement continued. "The level of disrespect shown by the Prime Minister and his government today is stunning. This is a betrayal of the statements made by the Prime Minister in Vancouver this March. And this new tax will damage our economy."

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Sex ed flap shows Patrick Brown is in gay activists' pocket

Patrick Brown's highly publicized flip-flop over sex education and subsequent apology for saying he would scrap it has some critics questioning just how much influence the special interest activist group LGBTory has over the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader.

"He's afraid. He wants them onside. He's given them everything but the kitchen sink, according to their letter," noted Gwen Landolt, vice president of REAL Women, referring to the LGBTory statement praising Brown as an "ally" and stating he has "reassured us that he does not intend to remove pro-LGBT elements" from the sex-ed.

"Brown claims to have a 'big tent' and an inclusive party," Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson said, "but his downfall and duplicity over sex ed show he's interested in pandering to LGBTories to the exclusion of anyone else."

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MP Trost fears Canadian values test could screen out socially conservative immigrants

Conservative Party leadership hopeful Brad Trost says he's afraid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government would use a "Canadian values" screening test to prevent applicants opposed to abortion and homosexual "marriage" from immigrating to Canada.

The Saskatchewan MP told's Ezra Levant that supporting "Canadian values" is like cheering for the Roughriders in Saskatchewan, but the question is what the government in power considers those "values" to be.

"As soon as those 'Canadian values' get into the hands of Justin Trudeau, those are going to be 'Liberal' values," Trost said, pointing out that some European countries now screen for "European values" and "they screen out social conservatives."

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Ontario Tories win Toronto byelection after flip-flopping on sex-ed curriculum

Ontario's Progressive Conservatives won a provincial byelection Thursday in northeast Toronto, but it may have come at a cost.

The Scarborough-Rouge River race won by city councillor Raymond Cho was dominated in the last week by a Tory flip-flop on sex education. A letter distributed under party leader Patrick Brown's name promised that a PC government would "scrap" updates to the sex-ed curriculum.

It would have been a popular promise, Brown acknowledged, saying there was deep opposition to the curriculum in that riding.

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Social conservatives down on Brown after betrayal but asked not to leave PC party

Campaign Life Coalition is urging its supporters not to abandon the Progressive Conservative Party even as the highly publicized rift between Ontario's social conservatives and PC leader Patrick Brown deepens.

"Stay involved. It's who we are," CLC said in a statement to supporters posted on Facebook Friday morning in a play on Brown's tagline: "It's who I am."

"Patrick Brown lied to us and has broken the trust of thousands of PC members," the CLC statement continues. "Let him say what he wants. The truth is, Patrick Brown's hostility and duplicity towards pro-life and pro-family members of the PC Party doesn't change anything. We're not going away."

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Rating agency DBRS keeps negative outlook on big Canadian banks as Ottawa moves ahead on 'bail-in' regime

With the Canadian government moving forward with plans for a "bail in" regime that would keep taxpayers off the hook in the event of a bank collapse, ratings agency DBRS is maintaining its "negative" outlook on the country's largest banks.

There is not yet enough information yet about how a bail-in would work to change the banks' ratings to reflect the reduced government support, DBRS said in a report published Friday.

The negative trend applies to the senior and subordinated debt ratings of Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and National Bank of Canada. It also applies to related short-term ratings that might be affected by a long-term rating change, DBRS said in a report published Friday.

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On the ethics of Justin Trudeau's aides

When it comes to taking money from the public purse, ethics aren't based on government policies, ethics officials, or "what's allowed".

People who need a policy or an official to tell them what's ethical already have a problem.

Which brings us to the case of top Trudeau aides Gerald Butts and Katie Telford, who between them billed federal taxpayers for over $200,000 moving their homes from Toronto to Ottawa after the Liberals won last year's election.

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Wynne spends big this summer but wastes more

Premier Kathleen Wynne's trip to northern Ontario last week took her far, far away from downtown Toronto, where she enjoys the comfort of her own elite crowd.

To deflate criticism of her infrequent visits, she brought along more than $500 million in announcements - some of them long overdue investments - which is Politics 101 for how to increase your popularity.

But another guess is that she owed a favour to the federal Liberals to butter up a region in the days leading up to a big visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet.

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