加拿大保守黨贏得議會多數控制權

加拿大保守黨贏得議會多數控制權

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2011年 5月 03日



加拿大總理哈珀領導執政黨保守黨在星期一的選舉中贏得決定性的勝利。

圖片來源 REUTERS 加拿大總理哈珀星期一向支持者揮手

初步結果顯示﹐保守黨贏得了眾議院至少167個席位﹐遠遠超出了贏得眾議院308個席位的絕對多數所需的155個席位。這是哈珀2006年掌權以來第一次擁有眾議院多數席位﹐還將使他得以不中斷地執政到2015年。

哈珀和保守黨競選時傳達的信息是﹐通過履行有關降低企業和個人所得稅以及削減政府開支的承諾﹐維持加拿大強勁的經濟。加拿大經受住了全球經濟危機的考驗。哈珀在選舉之夜的勝利演講時對記者表示﹐加拿大現在可以翻過過去七年不確定的一頁。他還保證將代表所有加拿大人執政。

星期一的選舉也是左傾的新民主黨歷史性的一個夜晚。新民主黨贏得了102個席位﹐這幾乎是他們原來席位數量的三倍。這使得新民主黨正式成為主要反對黨﹐並改變了自己邊緣政黨的地位。

新民主黨的收穫意味着自由黨付出代價﹐自由黨的席位數從77席減少到34席。自由黨以往不是執政黨就是領先的在野黨﹐這是他們最慘痛的選舉挫敗。


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The GST Story excerpted from Wikipedia.org.

A strong Liberal Party majority was elected under the leadership of Jean Chrétien in the 1993 election. The Progressive Conservative Party fared very poorly in that election, winning only two seats. Although the party recovered somewhat in subsequent elections, it remained the smallest party in the House of Commons until it disbanded itself permanently in 2004, and merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the Conservative Party of Canada.

During the election campaign, Chrétien promised to repeal the GST, which the Liberals had denounced so vociferously while they were the Official Opposition, and replace it with a different tax. Instead of repeal, the Chrétien government attempted to restructure the tax and merge it with the provincial sales taxes in each province. They intended to call it the "Blended Sales Tax", but opponents quickly came to derisively call this proposal the "B.S. Tax", and the name was changed to Harmonized Sales Tax before its introduction. However, only three Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador) agreed to go along with this plan, joined by British Columbia and Ontario, in 2010.

The decision not to abolish or replace the GST caused great controversy, both within the party and out. Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) John Nunziata voted against the Liberal government's first budget and was expelled from the party. Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, who had personally promised to oppose the tax, resigned and sought re-election. She was re-elected with ease in the subsequent by-election, however, as was the Liberal government in the 1997 election.


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ctvtoronto.ca
Date: Monday Aug. 31, 2009 8:39 PM ET

Premier Dalton McGuinty will be returning early from a holiday break to speak on the latest scandal involving board members of a provincially-controlled organization and how his government intends to rein in such spending.

The entire board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) resigned Monday. They were replaced temporarily by provincial civil servants. Their first act involved the firing of Kelly McDougald, the agency's CEO.
"I am disappointed with what has been brought to my attention," Finance Minister Dwight Duncan told a news conference on Monday. "The expenses are a symptom of a much larger problem."

McDougald was "dismissed with cause," Duncan said and therefore will not receive a severance package. Former board chair Michael Gough said he wasn't asked to quit, but did offer his resignation last Thursday.

The Liberals publicly released two years worth of expenses that were filed by OLG board members. They include:
  • gym memberships worth $250
  • Weight Watchers memberships
  • club link golf fees
  • a $1,500 bar tab at a $3,700 dinner for 38 people
  • a $500 nanny fee so that a vice-president member could attend meetings, an amount since repaid


The OLG acknowledged Monday that the spending was unacceptable for a public agency.
In the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2007, OLG had more than $6 billion in revenues, with net income of about $1.7 billion.

Duncan, who took on responsibility for OLG said the government is launching a province-wide review of accountability procedures for the government's agencies, boards and commissions. He hinted a new "mechanism for accountability" would be able to offer early detection of brewing problems, he suggested.

He also dropped another bombshell -- OLG had been issuing untendered contracts.
Such contracts were a major part of the controversy surround eHealth Ontario, the electronic health records agency that also saw its CEO and board chair depart after revelations of excessive spending and the issuing of sole-source contracts.

McGuinty announced the end of sole-sourced contracts and new restrictions on the types of expenditures for which consultants can seek reimbursement.
"This is the right (step) to take in terms of the public and across government, we need to make sure that we have rigorous accountability for all Crown agencies," Duncan said.

Opposition MPPs say the reason the government is acting now is because Monday was the deadline for releasing the results of Freedom of Information requests made by them months ago.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said the newest scandal shows the McGuinty government isn't in control.
"Dalton McGuinty said the eHealth scandal was the exception to the rule. What we learned today is that it is the rule," he said.
"They went out and fired the last group and brought in a group to clean it up. And this group seems to be even better at getting into the pork barrel," said the NDP's Michael Prue.
McDougald had joined OLG in 2007.

Controversy plagues OLG
The gaming corporation has been scrutinized for the last two years after questionable insider wins, malfunctioning slot machines, spoiled scratch-and-win tickets and a controversial decision to purchase foreign cars as lottery prizes at a time when the Ontario government agreed to a financial bailout for its struggling auto industry.

An audit of the OLG was completed in February. The corporation had until September to report to the ombudsman about changes it had made to improve accountability.
"We've been trying to create change in this place for some time," Duncan told reporters. "Frankly I'm not satisfied with performance to date at the OLG so we took steps over the course of the last few weeks to ensure that the direction given in the past is followed moving forward."

The temporary board "will work with a mandate to maximize OLG's performance," said Duncan.

He added that he hopes the OLG will operate with "better oversight and better credibility" in order to "enhance taxpayer protection."

The shake-up comes just weeks ahead of a provincial byelection in the midtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's, which has been a Liberal seat since 1999.

With a report from CTV Toronto's Paul Bliss and files from The Canadian Press
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110504/osama-raid-seals-110504/
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EHealth scandal a $1B waste: auditor
A scathing report on the eHealth Ontario spending scandal charges that successive governments wasted $1 billion in taxpayer money.

Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter released his investigation into the eHealth agency on Wednesday morning.

His report says the board of directors at eHealth Ontario felt it had little power over CEO Sarah Kramer because she had been hired by chair Alan Hudson "with the support of the premier." That, McCarter said, gave Kramer the impression she had approval to ignore normal procurement procedures.

It was revealed late Tuesday that Health Minister David Caplan resigned because of the report.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2009/10/07/ehealth-auditor.html
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The Canadian Press
Thursday May. 5, 2011
5:37 PM ET

TORONTO — Critics are accusing Ontario's Liberals of becoming more secretive, despite their claims of making the government more open and transparent.


Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak speaks at Queen's Park in Toronto, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Liberals on the finance committee used their majority Thursday to give hospitals an exemption from the freedom of information law for data on "quality of care," an exemption they buried deep in the 2011 provincial budget.

The Ontario Health Coalition, a patient advocacy group, said the Liberals "snuck" a clause into the budget that had nothing to do with finances, but amounts to a "blanket FOI exemption" for hospitals.
"We're calling it the hospital secrecy clause," said the coalition's Natalie Mehra. "It really is a very uneven attempt to protect hospitals from having to disclose embarrassing information to the public."

However, Health Minister Deb Matthews said it was a "very narrow" exemption so health care professionals and other hospital staff can frankly discuss problems without concerns the information will become public. The Liberals are the first to extend freedom of information rules to cover hospitals, she added.
"We did not go as far as the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Medical Association wanted us to go, which was a full exclusion where you can't even request the information," said Matthews.

The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats also blasted the Liberals for hiding a clause in the budget that they claimed "promoted a secretive approach to health care," and said it was only one example of the government's penchant for secrecy.

The Liberals were also under fire Thursday for a secret deal giving the Ontario Public Service Employees Union a one per cent wage hike next year on top of the two per cent increase in their contract.
"There are a lot of secret deals here, and I think this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Opposition critic Peter O'Toole.

The deal to give the 38,000 union members an extra one per cent without informing the public was reached in 2008, but only came to light this week at a labour board hearing.
"It was a side letter and government does need the ability to bargain (in private) because once you do it in public your position is compromised," said Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

Last week, former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry criticized the Liberals for passing a secret law governing police powers during the G20 summit in Toronto, which he said was so vague it was wide open to abuse.
"The Public Works Protection Act raises issues regarding the liberty and security of the person in providing for warrantless searches and stopping for identification," McMurtry wrote in his report. "(The) potential for abuse is beyond troubling, to say the least."

The Liberals refuse to apologize for passing the G20 law in secret, and have said only that they could have done a better job informing the public about the exact nature of the powers they granted the 20,000 officers who patrolled Toronto during the summit.

More than 1,100 people were arrested and detained during the G20 weekend after what Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin said was a "premeditated, conscious decision" by the Liberals to keep the extra police powers secret from the public.

The Opposition is still fuming over what they call the Liberals' secret $7-billion green energy deal with Korean giant Samsung.

Most of the Samsung deal has been made public, said Energy Minister Brad Duguid, except for "commercially sensitive" sections that will be released after Samsung builds new plants in Ontario to manufacture components for green energy projects.

The NDP also pointed out the Liberals were caught again this year hiding high salaries of some top level bureaucrats in the budgets of local hospitals instead of in the Ministry of Health budget. The Liberals had promised to fix that, but instead published the salaries in two different areas of the sunshine list of public sector people paid over $100,000.
"For a government that likes to crow about transparency and accountability, we've seen exactly the opposite," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. "Whether it's the secret G20 law, whether it's the refusal to disclose severance packages of CEOs on the sunshine list, whether it's the FOI process for hospitals, the Samsung deal, the list goes on and on and on."

Opposition Leader Tim Hudak echoed Horwath's concerns.
"This is clearly a government that has been around too long and is now protecting itself rather than protecting the taxpayers who pay the bills," said Hudak.


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It’s obviously that most Quebecers want a new change because they are tired of the separatists and sovereignty movement in Quebec for twenty years. The May 2nd election results are very embarrassing to both the Bloc Quebecois and to Mr. Duceppe. With Mr. Duceppe recent announcement of resignation as party leader and the loss of many MP in Quebec,  the impacts to the Bloc will be deadly as the party is now reduced to four seats with no leader in the House of Commons. Though most of the new seats gain by NDP are huge but how Mr. Layton can deliver its election promises for Quebec will remain to be seen in the coming four years.
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