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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


15 January 2019

      Whether your are working or retired, wealthy or on a fixed-income, Ontarians are rightly concerned about how much tax they pay. In Ontario they are taxed numerous ways, most noticeably through Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and Provincial Income & Business Taxes. They also pay fees for government services for everything from vehicle license plates and drivers licenses to fishing & hunting licences, business licenses, health cards, vehicle emissions testing, and so on.

     We all realize the provincial government requires money to operate. Their operations include the 20 or so provincial government ministries (departments) that provide a wide range of services such as welfare, highways, education, health care, energy, provincial parks, natural resources, etc.

     The fairest way to charge us for these services is to use User Fees. These need to cover the cost of the service provided. They should NOT be a secondary way (a hidden tax)for the provincial government to pull in additional revenue. When we look, for example, at the cost to issue a driver's licence, the administrative time needed is nowhere near $120 worth of civil servant pay. These fees need to be reduced to accurately reflect the cost of the service provided.

     Provincial Income Tax charged to individuals and businesses is needed to provide general revenue and cash flow to operate the entire provincial government/civil service. The amount of money needed annually should be calculated based on the manpower needed to staff the ministries and offices necessary to deliver the service to Ontarians. Once a thorough review of all existing government programmes has been conducted to see which are no longer needed, the remainder can then be costed out and the total tax take (levy) needed can then be applied.

     Provincial Sales Tax is rolled into the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for most things sold in Ontario. The PST Rate is 8% of the total HST rate of 13%. The federal GST rate is the remaining 5%. The need for the PST is questionable. A public debate needs to happen to decide whether the provincial government's taxation requirements ought not to be fully covered by the Provincial Income & Business Taxes. If this was the way most Ontarians wanted to go, it would mean cancelling the PST. That 8% savings would then be something we can all enjoy. Conversely, the PST could be used to collect all of the Province's taxation requirements, and the Income and Business taxes could be cancelled.

The benefit of streamlining our taxation system is that fewer public servants are needed to run the system, thus saving money for the government...which can go towards paying down our HUGE debt.


Brad Harness






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




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


The Big Reveal

Unhappy with Ontario politics?  

Then 2017/18 is your lucky year...



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


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


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:



446 Base Line Road East,

London, Ontario

N6C 2P6

***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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