Friday, September 23, 2011

The fight for Ontario in Parkdale-High Park

Parkdale-High Park Liberals have come out with a reality check this evening on some of the many claims made by sitting NDP MPP Cheri di Novo during the debates of the past week or so. I sat and watched two and lived the frustration that the piece references:
There is a line between being populist and being loose with the facts. Residents would need to have Google on tap during the Parkdale- High Park debates to fact-check a host of inaccurate public statements by the incumbent MPP.
So some of the statements have been fact checked. Here's a sample of some of the statements and then the reality:
10. Cheri and the NDP party were responsible for increasing minimum wage in Ontario.

FACT: since coming to office, Ontario Liberals have increased the minimum wage seven times. As a result, the current minimum wage is $10.25 an hour – a 50% increase over 2003 and the highest provincial rate in Canada. These increases outpaced inflation and helped make up for a nine-year freeze in Ontario’s minimum wage from 1995 through 2003.

Going forward, the Ontario Liberals want to take the politics out of setting the minimum wage to ensure Ontario never falls behind again. That’s why we will appoint a minimum wage advisory committee to provide recommended options on how to determine the minimum wage for future years. We look forward to the best advice from this committee.
11. Ontario has the highest child poverty rate in Canada

FACT: Ontario has the third lowest child poverty rate in the country[11]. In Ontario child poverty actually fell between 2008 and 2009, 14.6% down from 15.2%. That means 19,000 Ontario children and their families were moved out of poverty despite very tough times. We still have much work to do and even one child in poverty is too much. But it not true that Ontario has the highest child poverty rate.
Just amazing.

There are 10 more statements that have been fact checked at the link. 10 more! Check 'em all out.
Conclusion: Ms. Dinovo must be held responsible for providing constituents with fair and accurate information as part of the decision making process. The constituents of Parkdale-High Park deserve no less from their political representatives.
That is correct. Time for change here in Parkdale-High Park.