Right Wing Rule

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Tara and Kate discuss the Ford government’s commitment to balancing the Ontario budget at any cost after they “discovered” that the budget deficit was greater than reported by the previous government. They talk about this phenomenon in the broader context of a trend demonstrated by right-wing governments around the world, focusing in on the United States and the Kavanagh hearing as an point of departure.


Episode 10: Poverty & Homelessness

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On this special 10th episode, Tara and Kate chat with friend of the show Kiki Cekota about the news from Ontario politics this week, as well as the three party election platforms and how they rank in terms of the way they plan to address poverty and homelessness in this province. Tara and Kate also sit down with Jocelyn Helland, Executive Director at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth in Toronto to understand the challenges facing some of our most vulnerable communities and what government can and should do help.


407 data breach story: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…legations-1.4671063

LIberals promise to end auto-insurance discrimination: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto…stal-code-1.4668052

Patrick Brown book: www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brown…c-ontario-1.4665677



  • Ford stated repeatedly he will cut provincial spending overall by $6 billion
  • will cap the minimum wage at $14/hour and eliminate income tax on minimum wage earners
  • will cover up to $6,750 in childcare costs per child under the age of 15


  • increased the minimum wage to $14/hour in January 2018, rising to $15/hour January 2019
  • pledged to provide more community-based mental health services to more than 12,000 young people in 2018–19, growing to approximately 46,000 over four years
  • committed to adding 525 more supportive housing units for people with complex mental health and addictions needs
  • pledged $17.1 billion over 10 years for mental health spending
  • offered free childcare for children over the age of two and implemented full-day kindergarten


  • committed to follow the Liberal minimum wage plan, but increase parameters to all workers (including students and servers)
  • pledged to invest in 30,000 new supportive housing units over the next 10 years, building at least 3,000 every year
  • pledged to hire 2,200 new mental health care workers (including counsellors, social workers, case managers, system navigators and assertive community treatment staff)
  • pledged free childcare for households earning under $40,000 and averaging $12/day for households earning more



Episode 1: The Minimum Wage


Listen to Episode 1 here

In this introductory episode, Tara and Kate talk about the new minimum wage legislation that came into effect in Ontario in January. In addition to explaining what the legislation does and how it affects Ontarians, they also describe some common criticisms of minimum wage increases. In an effort to show the way the minimum wage has changed things for Ontarians, they also speak to a few minimum wage earners and a small business owners.


  • hold the minimum wage at $14/hour
  • eliminate income tax on minimum wage earners
  • increased the minimum wage to $14/hour on January 1st of 2018 (up from $11.60/hour)
  • server’s minimum wage was increased to $12.20/hour (up from $9.90)
  • the minimum wage will increase the minimum wage to $15/hour
  • server’s minimum wage will increase the minimum wage to $13.05/hour
  • have been supportive of an increase on minimum wage for a long time
  • will increase the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers (including servers) – their platform does not say when


Resources –

Data on the 2015 election youth turnout: abacusdata.ca/the-next-canada-po…e-young-canadians/

Minimum wage legislation rundown: www.ontario.ca/page/minimum-wage-increase

NDP Platform: https://www.ontariondp.ca/sites/default/files/Change-for-the-better.pdf