What are Ontario MPPs up to this summer?

Although the legislature has adjourned until September, Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) are kept busy during the summer months. When they are not in the legislature, MPPs spend time in their home ridings, listening to and helping their constituents. In addition to hearings and committee meetings, there are also two yet to be called by-elections … Continued

Overwhelming majority of Ontarians want to know if the home they’re planning on purchasing was a former Marijuana Grow-Op or Clandestine Drug Lab, new Ipsos Reid poll reports

Ninety three per cent of Ontario residents agree they want to know if the home they’re planning on purchasing was formerly used as a Marijuana Grow-Op (MGO) or Clandestine Drug Lab, according to a study by Ipsos Reid. The Ipsos Reid poll found that one in four (24 per cent) Ontarians report seeing or knowing … Continued

OREA to host a PAC Update conference

  OREA is finalizing plans to host a Political Affairs Conference (PAC) Update April 23-24th, 2012 in downtown Toronto The spring update conference is designed to give member board Political Action Committee (PAC) Chairs, Executive Officers (EOs) and Board staff an update on OREA’s government relations activities and to maintain the association’s profile at Queen’s … Continued

Legislature in recess until February 21

The Ontario Legislature has adjourned until February 21, 2012. Since the legislature reconvened on November 22nd, only one bill passed – the Liberal government’s Throne Speech.  The political deadlock means that no legislature committees will be working until at least late February because the parties could not agree on how they should function under a … Continued

Brantford MPP Levac Elected Speaker

Liberal MPP Dave Levac was elected speaker of the House on November 21st. This vote received a lot more attention than usual in this minority parliament as an NDP or PC speaker would reduce the opposition seats from 54 to 53, which would effectively tie Liberal and opposition votes. In a Parliamentary system, it is the … Continued

Minister Duncan tables fall economic update

The fall economic update tabled this November 23 by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan was focused on delivering the government’s agenda and balancing the budget, while signalling a massive overhaul in the public service as the means to achieving this. The Finance Minister ruled out “deep, arbitrary, across-the-board cuts”, as well as new tax cuts and … Continued

Throne Speech sets the stage for a feisty legislative session

Tuesday’s (November 22) Throne Speech sets the stage for a feisty legislative session ahead by vowing to implement the plan the Liberals campaigned on. It goes so far as to cite the “four-year mandate given to this Parliament” as evidence of the government’s intent to govern as if in a majority position. At the same … Continued

NDP: Take HST off home heating

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Ontario NDP

The New Democratic Party (NDP) plans on introducing a private member’s bill to take the provincial portion of the HST off home heating as soon as the Legislature resumes.

REALTORS® in the 2011 Ontario Election

As strong community leaders, Ontario REALTORS® are well positioned to run for public office. According to biographies provided by the major political parties there are five REALTORS® running to be a Member of Provincial Parliament in this 2011 Ontario election. While none of the candidates were successful in their bids to become Ontario MPPs, a … Continued

NDP endorses retrofit rebates in election platform

The New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath announced that if elected, a government under her leadership will offer rebates of up to $5,000 for people who want to retrofit their homes. In addition, an NDP government will offer lower-income homeowners and tenants grants of up $5,000 and up to $10,000 in low-interest loans that can … Continued