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  • The View From Inside: Ford, Harper Obstructing Ontario Liberal Pre-election Agenda

    It’s tough to drive a new provincial agenda in advance of a widely-expected spring provincial election when you have the Gong Show taking place all around you, says Hershell Ezrin.
    Posted date : November 05, 2013
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  • View From The Inside: How The Liberals Can Win The Next Election

    Kathleen Wynne's consultative bent will have to give way to hard policy choices if her party is to win re-election after 10 years in power, says Hershell Ezrin.
    Posted date : October 08, 2013
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  • An Insider's View: Provincial Election, Anyone?

    Political observers were puzzled when Premier Wynne played the election threat card recently, then almost immediately backtracked. Hershell Ezrin has some thoughts on her strategy.
    Posted date : September 17, 2013
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  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The very real problems with modern polling have been highlighted once again in the BC election. The real losers are the media, which must get back to reporting on actual elections, not just the polls.
    Posted date : May 22, 2013
    Length of video: 00:02:10
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    New census data just released says 20 per cent of Canadians were born outside this country, providing a healthy multicultural mix. But new Canadians have unique problems that need addressing.
    Posted date : May 13, 2013
    Length of video: 00:02:33
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    A landslide victory, charisma, rapport with youth, a fundraising juggernaut ... Justin Trudeau is already gunning for Prime Minister, not just Opposition Leader, in 2015.
    Posted date : April 15, 2013
    Length of video: 00:03:41
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As budget season rolls out, it's useful to know some of the tricks governments and oppositions use at this time. Ezrin, who's used a few himself, dishes.
    Posted date : March 25, 2013
    Length of video: 00:01:31
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Transportation is a big hot button issue the Liberals are already pushing, as the three parties jockey for ridings in advance of the next election.
    Posted date : February 26, 2013
    Length of video: 00:01:55
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    It's refreshing to hear Premier-Designate Kathleen Wynne say Ontarians will have to pay for what they want, instead of the sleight of hand private sector funds other politicians claim they can raise.
    Posted date : February 05, 2013
    Length of video: 00:01:35
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Now that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been cleared of conflict of interest charges, it's time to re-write some of the outdated rules around what exactly constitutes a conflict.
    Posted date : January 31, 2013
    Length of video: 00:02:01
     
  • Op-Ed: How Kathleen Wynne Won Drama-Filled Liberal Leadership Convention

    Hershell Ezrin says her superior campaign, floor organization and consensus style vaulted Wynne over Sandra Pupatello become Ontario's first female Premier.
    Posted date : January 27, 2013
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  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Rob Ford is making a lot of people dizzy. First the Toronto mayor proposes a budget, then he votes against it. Ezrin says Ford needs to get his head out of the courts and into governing the city.
    Posted date : January 17, 2013
    Length of video: 00:02:19
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Now that the "phony war" is over and delegate selection is underway, it's time the Liberal leadership candidates discuss broader issues, break out of the pack and define themselves more clearly.
    Posted date : January 08, 2013
    Length of video: 00:01:51
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As teachers stage rolling one-day walkouts across Ontario to protest a bill taking away their right to strike, Ezrin says it's a sad day. He recalls the difference great teachers have made in his life.
    Posted date : December 10, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:31
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Constant buffoonery, a sense of entitlement to power and lack of accountability. It's time to get a real mayor for the city of Toronto ... and maybe a new high school football coach to boot ...
    Posted date : December 04, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:43
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Ontario has a major stake in where Alberta's oil is going to go-whether to eastern Canada by reversing a pipeline, to the US, or to China. Ezrin says Ontario's leaders must speak out.
    Posted date : November 20, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:13
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    In politics it's often the small but symbolic things that really tick voters off the most. Ezrin says dumping Torontonians off TTC buses to pick up mayor Rob Ford's football team may do just that.
    Posted date : November 07, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:24
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    It's easy for those watching, covering or in politics to give in to cynicism and, some days, throw up their hands. But then you run into someone who is doing the right thing for the right reasons...
    Posted date : October 23, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:01
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    "200 years of peace make you forget a war." The new Toronto slogan on the bicentennial of the War of 1812 ignores the contributions of Canadians in World Wars I and II, amongst other conflicts.
    Posted date : October 15, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:29
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Recent criticism of Rob Ford for appointing supporters to key positions may be a tad harsh. They may work to help Ford achieve his goals, but if they are really top notch, they won't be anyone's puppet.
    Posted date : October 01, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:51
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Lamenting Democracy: Politics used to be about nation-building policies. But now it's been reduced to a destructive politics of personality, says Ezrin.
    Posted date : September 18, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:17
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Liberal Party insider Hershel Ezrin discusses the timing of provincial by-elections to coincide with contract negotiations with Ontario teachers. Will Premier Dalton McGuinty use this opportunity to negotiate a preferential deal for the province, faced with Tory pressure to enforce a public sector wage freeze?
    Posted date : August 22, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:14
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    This is usually the lazy, hazy days of summer when politicians and political junkies alike take a break. Not this time, says Ezrin, who was principal secretary to former Liberal Premier David Peterson.
    Posted date : August 15, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:14
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As predictable as Wiarton Willie's Groundhog Day rite, the old idea of selling beer in the corner store has poked its head up in Ontario politics once again. Ezrin gives us some history.
    Posted date : July 30, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:45
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The blistering heat may put many in a cranky mood. But Hershell Ezrin is counting his blessings - we have enough electric power to keep our air conditioners and other creature comforts running.
    Posted date : July 09, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:55
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    In a bit of a twist on an the old saying, Ezrin opines that if Doug Ford does run for Conservative MPP in the next election, Ontario's loss will be Toronto's gain.
    Posted date : June 19, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:30
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As governments across Canada tighten their belts, one of the first things to get hit is funding for arts and culture. But Ezrin has figured out a way we can all support them, and it won't cost us a dime.
    Posted date : June 05, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:43
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    After initial excitement that the BBC's "Canada Direct" series was profiling our cities, Ezrin is disappointed the respected broadcaster isn't living up to its usually high journalistic standards.
    Posted date : May 23, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:47
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Canada's university teachers say they're worried private donations might skew their institutions' academic. Why then, says Ezrin, aren't they protesting the $175 million gift recently donated by IBM?
    Posted date : May 03, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:10
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As Canadians grapple with the idea that Stephen Harper's government hid $10 billion in extra costs for the F-35 from the public, Ezrin sees a troubling new political trend developing.
    Posted date : April 11, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:03
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    While students abroad risk their lives for democracy, youth in London, Ontario riot over a St. Pat's Day binge. Serious punishment is in order to teach them civic responsibility, says Ezrin.
    Posted date : March 20, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:43
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The "robocall" controversy is just the latest crushing blow to the image and integrity of our democratic system. Ezrin says if we want a healthy democracy, its incumbent upon all of us to safeguard it.
    Posted date : February 28, 2012
    Length of video: 00:01:36
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Compared to the Texas cage match they call Republican primaries in the U.S., Canadian politics looks pretty tame. But all those rough and tough tactics are coming soon enough to a campaign near you.
    Posted date : February 06, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:35
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Mayor Rob Ford's blustery style doesn't inspire confidence that a major labour disruption will be avoided. Ezrin wishes him luck in losing weight, but he'd rather the Toronto mayor gain some common sense.
    Posted date : January 23, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:10
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The release of CEO compensation at Ontario's hospitals and the private sector has been like waving a red flag in front of ordinary citizens. Sooner or later, governments will have to deal with both.
    Posted date : January 11, 2012
    Length of video: 00:02:15
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Law Of Unintended Consequences: Forcing public disclosure of hospital CEO salaries has actually resulted in driving those salaries up. Ezrin notes the same thing has occurred in the private sector.
    Posted date : December 15, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:29
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Crying Wolf? Calls by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak for another election ring hollow, says Ezrin. Nobody wants one, and any party that pulls the plug right now would be severely punished by voters.
    Posted date : November 29, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:45
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Ontario should heed events in Greece and Italy, where unelected technocrats now run the countries. Politicians, not the able but unelected economist Don Drummond, must make all final decisions here.
    Posted date : November 15, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:52
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    With many other carriers to choose from, Air Canada is not an essential service. Rather, than legislate its employees back to work, Ottawa should let the collective bargaining process work itself out.
    Posted date : October 12, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:54
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The Curse of The Local Candidate: It's Coming to a Constituency Near You. Hershell Ezrin says unexpected candidate eruptions do matter in campaigns.
    Posted date : September 26, 2011
    Length of video: 00:03:01
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    In the 2008 federal election, no one wanted to talk about jobs and the economy, then the recession hit full force. Let's not repeat that sorry history in the Ontario campaign, says Hershell Ezrin.
    Posted date : August 24, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:53
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Is the Campaign Over?: With the air war almost at full tilt, two party platforms released and early voting days scheduled even before the leaders' debate, the old campaign rules don't apply.
    Posted date : August 16, 2011
    Length of video: 00:03:23
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    Doug Ford Hits the Books: More people used the library the mayor's brother proposes closing in a year than actually voted for him as councillor. Hershell Ezrin thinks Ford should take a hint.
    Posted date : August 02, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:15
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    The Sting: The budget battle in Ontario's biggest city is like the old movie about a spectacular con game. The con? Ford's real aim isn't a balanced budget, but cutting government itself.
    Posted date : July 21, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:47
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    As goes Toronto, so goes Ontario, according to the old saying. In that case, the debt charges being paid by the province's largest city are downright scary, according to Hershell Ezrin.
    Posted date : July 07, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:37
     
  • Thought Provoker: Hershell Ezrin

    With almost 10,000 Canadian jobs and several major communities on the line, isn't it as important to keep Ontario's RIM in Canadian hands as Saskatchewan's potash and Alberta's oil sands?
    Posted date : June 27, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:06
     
  • Thought Provoker: Playing both sides against the middle.

    Former Liberal Principal Sec'y Hershell Ezrin: Price breaks to homeowners while preaching conservation equals an energy policy mish mash.
    Posted date : June 20, 2011
    Length of video: 00:02:03
     
  • Thought Provoker: Good enemies make good politics. Who knew?

    ONW has sent Flip Cams to the smartest political minds in Ontario to share their insights.
    Posted date : June 09, 2011
    Length of video: 00:01:32
     
Hershell Ezrin
Hershell Ezrin has more than 30 years' experience as a political advisor to elected officials at all three levels of government and senior executive roles in both the public and private sectors. He served as Principal Secretary to former Liberal Premier David Peterson and was a member of the federal-provincial relations team within the Privy Council Office under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He is now the Managing Director of Ezrin Communications. He blogs regularly at www.hershell-ezrin.com