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Follow Me on TwitterPhillip Blancher is a writer, web geek and communications professional by trade. He has written for a number of publications in Eastern Ontario and Northern New York State and also was a weekly morning show contributor for two area radio stations. As a resident of South Dundas for the last seven years, this long-time political buff has taken on an appreciation of small-town/rural life while also being a father of four and a soccer coach. Blancher's columns on OurHometown.ca will cover a range of his interests from politics, parenthood, local history and on his favourite NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres. If you have questions or wish to contact Phillip, you can email him at pblancher@ourhometown.ca

Ontario, comfortably the same
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Ontario, comfortably the same

Jun. 24, 2014: Now that the election is over, there is a comfort in knowing the Liberals have won a majority at Queen's Park. That comfort comes from knowing where you stand as a taxpayer in Ontario. You are going to pay more, for everything, in Ontario. The Liberals were very forthcoming with that before the election with their budget, and during the election by promising the same budget they were defeated on. FULL STORY

Will Byvelds run for a second term
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Will Byvelds run for a second term

Jun. 21, 2014: Will Steven Byvelds run for a second term as Mayor of South Dundas? As reported in various media since the opening of the nomination period of the 2014 Municipal Election, Mayor Byvelds he would wait until summer to announce his intentioned. A comment echoed to this writer when I asked the Mayor after a committee meeting a week and a half ago. His comment was that it was not summer yet. FULL STORY

Go now Tim Hudak, just go
Go now Tim Hudak, just go

Jun. 18, 2014: Tim Hudak should leave now. Not once the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party decides to hold their leadership convention and elect a new leader. Leave now. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. FULL STORY

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Don't play the Strategic Voting game

Jun. 11, 2014: The final week of an election campaign is the best way to see how each of the campaigns believe they are doing with the electorate. Confidence and desperation both can set in. The tactics change, the message changes, and the Strategic Voting straw man gets put out once again. The Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are deploying it now against Andrea Horwath and the NDP. Ads are targeting NDP voters stating that only the Ontario Liberals are in the best position to stop the Tim Hudak Progressive Conservatives. FULL STORY

It
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It's time for one public education system in Ontario

Jun. 3, 2014: Is the Province of Ontario a mature enough province, to finally change how our education system functions? Has the time come for there to be one publicly-funded education system in Ontario? Yes. FULL STORY

Could Ontario be governed by losers?
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Could Ontario be governed by losers?

May. 29, 2014: On the morning of June 13th, Ontarians could be waking up to a massive election hangover, where we are governed by, losers. Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne would not deny the possibility of forming a coalition with the NDP to keep power at Queen's Park. And Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath would not deny the possibility of forming a coalition with the Liberals to advance their own agenda. FULL STORY

Is Ontario too big?
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Is Ontario too big?

May. 27, 2014: Is the province of Ontario too big to be governed properly? Are the different regions of Ontario being treated fairly by one-size-fits-all government policy? Yes to the first question and no to the second question. FULL STORY

Ontario Election: Who gets to control my wallet?
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Ontario Election: Who gets to control my wallet?

May. 20, 2014: What the 2014 Ontario Election will come down to, is this simple question: Who gets to control my wallet? Me, or the government? It sounds like such a simple question, but it is not. FULL STORY

Wynne
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Wynne's Magical Money Tour: From Gas Plants to Cheese Plants

Mar. 11, 2014: Spring is in the air, and along with it comes the sweet smell of Liberal handouts. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Party machine has handing out taxpayer money again all over Eastern Ontario. Money that the province doesn't have because it is broke. The most recent example of this handout is the one million dollars handed out to the St-Albert Cheese Cooperative on March 10th FULL STORY

Politics heating up in Dundas
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Politics heating up in Dundas

Jan. 20, 2014: We are barely two weeks into 2014, and few weeks into nominations for this year's Municipal Elections. Yet things are already heating up here in Dundas County. Already some interesting announcements have taken place making this election some political theater that will be interesting to watch. FULL STORY


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