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“Ontarians want their MPPs to listen to them, they want them to represent their riding's views at Queen's Park, not the party's views back to the riding.  Enter Consensus Ontario...!”

Brad Harness, Party Leader, Consensus Ontario

POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM HALLMARK OF FORD'S PC GOVERNMENT

16 November 2018

Yesterday's fall economic statement - something that has evolved over the past 4-5 years at Queen’s Park - is not a budget. It lays out nothing official and will see nothing voted on in terms of spending measures or tax changes. It’s merely an opportunity for the Ford government to point fingers and play up to its Ford Nation supporters. It is political He said, She said.

The only substantive information we gleaned was that the government’s annual budgetary deficit is close to $15-billion, something we already knew.  So far - after his first six months - new premier Doug Ford has managed to save about $500-million by cancelling planned spending, especially on small things. That is a pittance on a budget of $160-billion. Hiring freezes, pay raise freezes. 

I would suspect that the new spending will be very little when we get to the annual (spring) budget in late winter 2019 if they are serious about eliminating the deficit, something Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said is their target...at some point in the future.

The economic statement also reiterated an earlier stated low-income tax cut. Those working full-time on minimum wage ($14 per hour) will not be paying any provincial income tax. We are not sure if that applies to the 2018 tax year or 2019.

That left the only other major announcement being a reversal of parts of the Liberal governments admittedly silly plans for putting a lid on corruption. They had banned candidates, MPPs, and cabinet ministers from attending fund-raising events.  They also eliminated business and union donations to political parties, riding associations and candidates - sources of scarce funding for minor political parties and their candidates. 

But they gave themselves, the PCs, NDP and Greens, your tax dollars in a new dollars per vote subsidy paid annually. Ford said this will be phased out - but only after the next provincial election. Right! How convenient. Each year this taxpayer-funded subsidy amounts to $588,000 for the Greens, $2.9-million for the NDP, $3.8-million for the PCs, and $4.4-million for the Liberals. Nothing for the 24 other provincial parties and all Independent candidates.

He also did not mention any changes to the campaign reimbursements the three big parties give themselves and their candidates and riding associations from our tax dollars. He never mentioned that the 24 other provincial parties and all Independent candidates get no campaign reimbursements from taxpayers.

Hardly a level playing field, hardly in the best interests of democracy here in Ontario The Good.

Just as the shine has come off the Justin Trudeau apple, it will also fade for the Doug Ford apple, and in a year or so, voters will be scratching their heads wondering why they wasted their votes on yet another turn of one of the Big Three parties in power at Queen’s Park. These parties are old, tired, filled with backroom hacks who keep things going in the wrong direction repeatedly. If only voters would learn and remember they have better options at election time!

Brad Harness

Leader, CONSENSUS ONTARIO

CONSENSUS ONTARIO CALLS FOR

MORE THOUGHTFUL CUTS - NOT CUTTING

FOR CUTTING'S SAKE!

8 November 2018

With four months and a bit under his belt, Ontario's new premier Doug Ford and his PC government have been busy.  Busy slashing programmes started by their nemesis, the Ontario Liberals.  Ford has yet to launch any significant initiatives other $1 beer pricing.


Ford's first moves are prescient - they fall squarely into what Consensus Ontario predicts for a political system based on party politics.  Once in government the party will scrap as much of their predecessor's work as possible.  While some of those programmes deservedly needed to be ended, Consensus Ontario thinks the wiser way to proceed is to complete the full in-depth financial review of all government spending, programme by programme, to see how much dead wood is in there, available for chopping.  It likely doesn't exceed 10% of total spending, but 10% will be a step in the right direction to do what we call for - at least balancing the budget within the first term of government...leaving things no worse than you found them.

Brad Harness

Leader, CONSENSUS ONTARIO

25 June 2018


CONSENSUS ONTARIO BOARD OPTS TO START BUILDING TOWARDS 2022 ELECTION & BY-ELECTIONS


Consensus Ontario's Board of Directors held it's first post-election meeting in Barrie on 23 June to review our individual campaign experiences and lessons learned.  It was well-attended and provided a great opportunity to reconnect party organizers and candidates, and to chart the course for the next year, and the next four years, when the 2022 general election will take place.   


It was decided that Consensus Ontario will field a minimum of 62 candidates in that 2022 election. We now have time for well-crafted organizing, voter education, and fund-raising campaigns to assist us in our outreach work around the province.  We will begin organizing in an additional 20 ridings starting in July 2018 where interest was received during the election in places like Oakville, Milton, Guelph, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Barrie, Collingwood, Parry Sound, Nipissing, Ottawa, Cornwall, Belleville, Hastings-Lennox & Addington, Lanark, Thunder Bay, James Bay, Algoma-Manitoulin, Sarnia-Lambton, London-Fanshawe, London North Centre, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Windsor, and so on.


We will be fielding a candidate in all by-elections that arise over the next four years and are preparing for the expected by-election when it is held in Don Valley West (Toronto) when Kathleen Wynne resigns as MPP, expected in the next 12+ months once a new permanent Liberal Party leader is chosen.


I invite all voters who are curious about Consensus Ontario and Consensus Government to read our webpage entitled 'How Consensus Government Would Work', as well as to contact us to ask questions, get answers,  and hopefully join your local Consensus Team in your riding.


Brad Harness

Leader, CONSENSUS ONTARIO

The Big Reveal

Unhappy with Ontario politics?  

Then 2017/18 is your lucky year...

CONSENSUS ONTARIO'S FIRST PROVINCIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS COMPLETE

8 June 2018

The very significant 2018 Ontario general election has come to an end and we have a new PC majority government headed by Doug Ford. The Official Opposition is the diametrically opposed NDP caucus led by Andrea Horvath. It will be four years of potentially extreme right-wing views being rammed through the Ontario Legislature, with nothing to stop it but the opposite views of the Socialists. The Liberals, who played to the left this year, are now a small rump of a party that has lost its leader and its research money becomes just another minor party on Ontario.


As leader of Consensus Ontario I am very proud of what our small team of dedicated believers have been able to achieve in such a short period of time: Registering the party, recruiting and fielding candidates who ran excellent initial campaigns in their ridings, and putting together a party platform, campaign materials, and so on...on a shoe-strong budget. We received some excellent media coverage and will work to further the public's awareness of who we are. We were able to place 9th overall in the province among a field of 28 parties. Not bad for a first try, eh? We edged out the much older Freedom Party of Ontario in votes received.


We all have wonderful tales of curious, surprised and thoroughly happy voters we spoke with on the campaign trail who simply love the idea bringing Consensus Government to Ontario. They know voters did not have much to choose between in this election: Bad...or worse?

Consensus Ontario's Board of Directors will be meeting in Barrie on 23 June to review our individual campaign experiences and lessons learned, and to chart the course for the next year, and the next four years, when the 2022 general election will take place. Consensus Ontario will field 62 candidates in that election. We now have time for a serious organizing and fund-raising campaigns to assist us in our outreach work around the province.


The response we have received has been one of curiousity, hope, and support. Six out of 10 voters at the door say they love CONSENSUS ONTARIO's push to get rid of all parties in Ontario and replacing them with only Independent MPPs, properly representing the majority view in your riding, issue by issue...this system is called Consensus Government, and it is not new to Canada, being in use in our northern territories for over 100 years now.


Our policy positions have been crafted to meet the random voter priorities that we identified in 2016 and 2017 as we surveyed random voters in random ridings around the province. Please read our Election Platform page. For more indepth policy details, please visit the Our Policy and Policy Discussions pages on this website.


I, along with the rest of our candidates and party members, welcome your participation in our new party, the party to end all parties, so please join and get active in your riding... donate to our party, too, to help fund this worthwhile change in Ontario politics.


Thanks to all who voted for our candidates and spoke so nicely to our candidates at their front doors.


Brad Harness

Leader, CONSENSUS ONTARIO

Riding by riding surveys get at your real priorities

ONTARIO - The riding survey work began in May 2016.  The survey includes asking random, ordinary voters - who live in the riding - which of the province’s 43 responsibilities they care about. In this way, the surveyor is able to rank the voter’s priorities. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes and the goal is to produce a ranked list of the Top 15 priorities for that voter in that riding.


Additional voters in the same riding are surveyed, of course, and then a Riding Priority List is compiled. That riding list is then used later by the party to craft its province-wide Provincial Priorities List, which compiles  the riding priorities lists from the other ridings in Ontario.

This survey work is an annual event for Consensus Ontario, and is considered vital, as it is at the very heart of true representation, ensuring government does those things voters care about and really want done.

Consensus Ontario policies

***BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "OUR POLICY" PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE***

ONTARIO - The Provincial Priorities List created through the riding by riding surveys each year is an important tool for Consensus Ontario. It is what determines where party and candidate/MPP’s efforts must be focused.  The Riding Priority List is what determines how a Consensus Ontario MPP will vote on each issue - truly representing the majority view in their riding.


As it is an annual survey, it is fully expected that the priorities of Ontario voters may - and likely will - change over time. That is why it is done each year, to ensure we are plugged into what is important to Ontarians. Parties that are out of step with voters can expect to be judged harshly at election time...and rightly so!


Government exists to do those things with voters cannot efficiently and economically do for themselves. That does not mean doing everything for voters, but rather, just certain specific things where government could do it better and more cost-effectively.  Hence, the survey work to identify those priorities people want their provincial government to be involved with.


Once those priorities are identified, then it is time to create the policies which Consensus Ontario believes are the best way to implement each priority and make it a reality for voters.  Party riding delegates form working groups that are tasked with developing detailed policy for each priority identified by you, the voter.


Based on the initial riding survey work, priorities for voters so far seem to focus on the expected issues of electricity, health care, education, transportation, and housing. Policies to address these priorities will  include a standardized electricity rate in lieu of time of day charges; an increase in preventative health care to reduce health care costs in the mid- to long-term; a revision of the school curriculum to focus on identified short-comings, a back-to-basics curriculum, and a breaking up of large school boards; an emphasis on ways to improve highway traffic and safety and improve the commuter experience - including transit systems and high-speed rail for both passengers and freight; and measures to make housing more affordable to both middle and low-income Ontarians.

See What People Are Saying:

"Consensus Ontario is an idea whose time has come!"

Calling All Candidates!

We are open to new members and new candidates.  Persons interested in this bold & fresh idea for Ontario politics & government - and who would like to run as the Consensus Ontario candidate in their riding - should contact us using the form below.

Consensus Ontario will be successful only through the outreach efforts by our candidates in your ridings right across Ontario.  Those efforts are now underway.  Join today to help Build A Better Ontario.

Contact Us

You have nothing to lose:  Contact us today  and ask whatever questions are on your mind.  Share your comments with us.  Better still, join us as a member of Consensus Ontario.    


To become a member, SIMPLY email us with the names and addresses of those who wish to become members of Consensus Ontario.  You can also post us that same information in the snail mail and send it to:


CONSENSUS ONTARIO

MEMBERSHIPS

415 Scott Street East,

Strathroy, Ontario

N7G 3Y8

***Be sure to include your full mailing address as well as the names of all of the voters in your household 16 years of age and older whom you wish to be registered as Consensus Ontario members.

New members/households will receive a welcome letter and membership card (s). 


Membership entitles you to:

a. Run as the Consensus Ontario candidate at election time;

b. participate in our annual priority surveys;

c. do volunteer work for the association to organize;

d. nominate your riding's Consensus Ontario candidate;

e. help develop our policy from priorities identified; and,

f. receive our newsletter each season.



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