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* Fight any carbon tax imposed upon
Ontario by the federal government
all the way to the Supreme Court;
* Review the provinces finances - bring
in independent auditors;
* Reduce personal income taxes by 20%
for the middle class;
* Reduce corporate income taxes from
11.5% to 10.5%;
* Introduce a 75% child care tax credit;
* Find 4% efficiencies across all Ontario
government operations;
* Not implement the increase in minimum wage from the current $14 to
$15 scheduled for January 1 but provide an income tax credit for minimum-wage earners;
* Create 15,000 new long-term care
beds over the next five years and
another 15,000 in 10 years;
* Provide free dental care for low-income seniors; and
* Upload ownership of the Toronto
subway system to the province and
expand it to include a three stop subway to Scarborough, an extension of
the Sheppard line, an extension of
the Yonge North line and a downtown
relief line.
Some political pundits costed all of
candidate Ford's promises and came up
with new spending that almost equaled
the Liberal and NDP platforms.
Prior to the election, in the 41st
Ontario Parliament, the Liberals held
55 seats, the PCs held 27 seats, the
NDP held 18 seats, there were three
Independents (ousted PC MPPs Jack
McLaren, Patrick Brown and Michael
Harris) and four vacancies (caused by the
resignations of NDP MPPs Cheri DiNovo
and Jagmeet Singh and Liberal MPPs
Eric Hoskins and Glen Murray) in the
107 seat provincial legislature.
Leading up to the election, most
polls had the PCs and the NDP running
neck-and-neck with regard to the popular vote at around 37% but predicted a
small majority PC victory because of the
more efficient distribution of the PC support across all electoral districts. Because
of the three unpopular, uninspiring party
leaders, i.e. choosing the best from a
bad lot, pollsters predicted voters would
not be motivated to go to the polls and

Even though Ford favours small government, with a caucus
of 76 members to keep happy and busy.
predicted a low voter turnout. Traditional
wisdom says that a low turnout generally
favours the PCs because their supporters skew to older people who believe
voting as their civic responsibility and
always vote. A large turnout does not
generally favour the PCs; when there
is a large turnout, that means younger
voters, generally on the more progressive
side, show up. However, the outcome
on June 7th was somewhat different
than expected.
Here's what happened, by the numbers. 58% of eligible voters exercised
their franchise, far more than expected
and the largest voter turnout since 1999
when voter turnout was 58.3%. The
election produced the following result
for the 42nd Ontario Parliament which
will have a total of 124 seats: PCs -
76 seats (an increase of 49 seats with
44.5% of the popular vote across the
province); NDP - 40 seats (up 22 seats
and winning 33.6% of the popular vote);
Liberals - 7 seats (down 48 seats with
19.6% of the popular vote and losing official party status and all the
funding and status that goes with it);
Greens - 1 seat (up 1 seat, OGP leader
Mike Schreiner prevailed in Guelph).
With Doug Ford now serving as
Premier-elect and ready to be sworn-in
on June 29th, here's what's happening:
* Premier-elect Ford's transition
team, comprised of Chris Froggatt
(chair), John Baird, Reuben Devlin,
Mike Coates and Simone Daniels is
currently working with the officials
in the Premier's Office to ensure a
smooth and orderly transfer of power;
* Among Ford's first actions will be to
engage an outside auditor to review
government's books and determine the
accurate state of government finances.
Once this review is completed, look for
Ford to exclaim that the state of the
government's finances is much worse
than previously thought. This will give
him cover to "walk back" some of his
campaign promises;

* With a clear understanding of the government's finances, Ford will know
the extent to which he can balance
tax cuts and spending increases; he
will then be in a position to identify
his government's priorities, determining which priorities will be implemented in the first year, second year,
and third year of his four year mandate or not implemented at all;
* Premier-elect Ford will appoint his
cabinet ministers based on individual
competencies for specific portfolios,
regional, gender and ethnic diversities
and influence/support within the party;
likely choices include star candidates
Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney,
Rod Phillips, Peter Bethlenfalvy and
Greg Rickford and experienced caucus members Vic Fidelli, Steve Clark,
Monte McNaughton, Raymond Cho,
Lisa MacLeod. Even though Ford
favours small government, with a
caucus of 76 members to keep happy
and busy, look for him to appoint a
cabinet with about 28 members. It will
be interesting to see if Ford will run
his government in the same transparent way as his predecessor and will
publish his mandate letters to all of
his ministers and their parliamentary
* Staffing up the Premier's Office and
Ministers' offices with loyal and
competent party operatives will be a
big job. Fortunately for Premier-elect
Ford, there are a lot of unemployed
former Harper federal government
political staffers still available. Many
observers describe our system of
government as a series of four year
dictatorships that are run by a handful of unelected political staffers in
the Premier's Office. This is much
more so with a large majority like
the current government-elect. This
makes Premier-elect Ford's choice
of his Principal Secretary extremely
important. Let's hope he selects an
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction North 2018

Executive Director’s Report
President’s Report
Northern Ontario Project Attracts International Attention
70 Years and Counting
Arbitrator Supports Employer in Medical Marijuana Case
Hiring a Lawyer – Choosing a Tombstone
NOCA Celebrates 70 Years
Not Just for Guys: Industry Wants to See More Women Enter Construction
COCA Update
Education Report
Membership Report
Entertainment Report
2018 Suppliers’ Guide
Index to Advertisers
Construction North 2018 - Intro
Construction North 2018 - cover1
Construction North 2018 - cover2
Construction North 2018 - 3
Construction North 2018 - 4
Construction North 2018 - 5
Construction North 2018 - 6
Construction North 2018 - Executive Director’s Report
Construction North 2018 - 8
Construction North 2018 - President’s Report
Construction North 2018 - Northern Ontario Project Attracts International Attention
Construction North 2018 - 11
Construction North 2018 - 70 Years and Counting
Construction North 2018 - 13
Construction North 2018 - 14
Construction North 2018 - Arbitrator Supports Employer in Medical Marijuana Case
Construction North 2018 - Hiring a Lawyer – Choosing a Tombstone
Construction North 2018 - NOCA Celebrates 70 Years
Construction North 2018 - Not Just for Guys: Industry Wants to See More Women Enter Construction
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Construction North 2018 - COCA Update
Construction North 2018 - 21
Construction North 2018 - Education Report
Construction North 2018 - Membership Report
Construction North 2018 - Entertainment Report
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Construction North 2018 - 26
Construction North 2018 - 27
Construction North 2018 - 2018 Suppliers’ Guide
Construction North 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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Construction North 2018 - cover3
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