Go With NDP’s Harden In Ottawa Centre


When Ottawa Center MPP Yasir Naqvi was Ontario’s Corrections Minister, he said on CFRA that “statements…with regard to inmates sleeping in showers and meeting rooms are completely inaccurate.”

Two months later, Naqvi changed his tune. He said it was completely unacceptable that prisoners in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre were being double-bunked in shower cells.

Joel Harden

While Ontarians do not want to be putting up prisoners in the Westin, some decency should be accorded them.

In the instance above, Naqvi either didn’t know the practice was occurring, didn’t research it properly or was not revealing what was actually happening.

None of those scenarios is acceptable.

Meanwhile from July 2016 to Dec. 2016, 46 cases were stayed (including some very serious examples) because of court delays. It is not as though the Liberal government didn’t have time to solve this problem in years leading up to this crunch.

Attorney-General Naqvi said more crown attorneys and judges would be hired. Critics said it was too late to save cases in jeopardy of being stayed.

The expeditious and fair conduct of the court system is fundamental to the rule of law and, for that matter, democracy. The provincial government failed in that.

Naqvi also was part of a provincial government that funded the $6-billion boondoggle known as Phase 1 and 2 of light rail. The line travels through his riding where Phase 2 will be tunnelled under a park where no one lives. As a one-third funder of the line, Naqvi should have successfully moved this ridiculous municipally planned route to Carling Avenue where transit-oriented development is needed and where people live.

The attorney general is also part of a government that promises to wildly spend to win votes in a time of economic expansion. That’s when governments should be paying down debt rather than fueling inflationary fires by spending. The results for seniors and large mortgage-holders (and the housing market in general) could be very serious.

The PC’s Colleen McCleery is a very accomplished person with a medical degree and an MBA. That she is a woman in a political world of inequality is a plus.

Unfortunately McCleery was one of 11 candidates appointed by PC leader Doug Ford. Ford said he was sorry for the action that alienated many Conservatives and the public when former leader Patrick Brown did it. Not sorry enough.

NDP candidate Joel Harden is not a two-time cabinet minister, nor does he have a medical degree or an MBA. He is not the most qualified of candidates running in Ottawa Centre though his Ph.D in political science adds some weight in his campaign.

That said, he doesn’t carry the baggage of the fiscally challenged Kathleen Wynne or the PC leader who helped prop up one of the most incompetent administrations at any government level in Canadian history … that of Rob Ford in Toronto.

Instead Harden has worked on designing a better Canada Pension Plan for the Canadian Labour Congress. He is a writer and educator.

Not the highest qualifications though there is nothing wrong with them. Still he has the advantage of not being associated with Wynne and Ford … an enormous step-up.

The Bulldog endorses the NDP’s Joel Harden for MPP in Ottawa Centre.


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11 thoughts on “Go With NDP’s Harden In Ottawa Centre

  1. Be quiet.

    Yasir is and has always been amazing.

    I think I have an extra lawn lawn sign, Yasir flavoured, for you.


    1. Yasir is a very nice person.

      But things that have happened in his two ministries are unfortunate and serious.



    2. Naqvi has had a few years to figure out how to reconfigure and/or add to the resources available to the justice system to ensure that the accuseds’ Charter Rights are respected. What are the tangible results of his actions? What has he actually accomplished? How many more cases will be stayed as a result of the failure to address this serious shortcoming on a timely basis?

      Complaining about the Supreme Court’s Jordan ruling is something best left for those who are not in a position to effect change. Talking about needing to do something, but not actually doing anything, is what we get from people who have the authority to act, but lack the competence of putting into effect a solution. Naqvi, as the Attorney General, has not demonstrated any of the competencies that one would expect of someone in that position.

      As for Ken Gray’s endorsement of Harden, it is not because of anything Mr. Harden has to offer. Rather, it is a result of the limitations of the alternatives. I feel for the residents of Ottawa Centre.

  2. Ken:

    I’m a bit confused, first you endorsed a candidate because of his experience and today you’re endorsing a candidate because… he’s nice guy? Shouldn’t it be about their ability to help the people, is there more to these endorsement then you are leading on?

        1. Kosmo:

          But he’s not associated with Kathleen Wynne’s spending or Doug Ford and his foolishness.



          1. I was hoping you would associate Bob Chiarelli with the Wynne spending when it came to your candidate endorsement.

  3. Ken:

    I know that you know that party politics determines the next head of the class.
    Therefore, I must assume that you are making your analysis based on the individual candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

    It would be nice if the individual candidates came together after the election then picked a chair. It would be nice if they then governed together for the benefit of society by using general debate and consensus.

    But, it doesn’t work that way.

    As long as we have party platforms, party politics and the leader of the party with the most elected candidates gets the top job – the individual is of little, if any, meaning. All but a few will merely join the rank of the bobble-heads.


  4. I agree with you this time Ken.

    Yasir Naqvi was all over Twitter a day or two before the writ dropped crowing about his sign-crew putting signs out before the writ dropped.

    When asked about it, he touted the city’s 30-day election sign law so I asked him about the provincial laws. His reply was “same rule.”

    Except it isn’t. Provincial laws forbid signs until the writ drops so technically he was breaking the law (so was Harden btw.) For the AG not to know that is just sad.


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