National Newswatch

Patrick Brown says he wants nothing to do with The Rebel

Aug 21 2017 — Robert Benzie — Under pressure from the Ontario Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has distanced himself from the controversial far-right website The Rebel. “I deplore intolerance of any kind and in any place, including Rebel. That’s why they thoroughly detest me!” Brown tweeted, with a link to a Rebel video critical of his party’s troubled nomination […]

Ontario Liberals mocked over ‘frivolous’ complaint that Tories, NDP are breaking fundraising law

Aug 4 2017 — Robert Benzie — The next Ontario election is 44 weeks away, but political games are already at a fever pitch. This week, the Liberals filed a formal complaint with Elections Ontario claiming both the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats have broken the province’s tough new fundraising law. But the governing party’s allegations against their main rivals do […]

Wynne shuffles cabinet after Murray’s departure

Jul 31 2017 — Robert Benzie — Premier Kathleen Wynne has done a minor shuffling of her cabinet, promoting Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn after Glen Murray’s resignation. As first disclosed by the Star, Murray is stepping down as minister of environment and climate change immediately. In a statement, he said he would resign as Toronto-Centre MPP on Sept. 1.

Volunteers in two Ottawa PC riding associations quit en masse

Jun 26 2017 — Robert Benzie — Differences with Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown have triggered the mass resignation of volunteers from two Tory riding associations in Ottawa. The Ottawa West-Nepean executive board quit on Friday to protest the controversial nomination there last month where there were ballot-stuffing allegations. That exodus followed the Kanata-Carleton Progressive Conservative riding association’s decision to break with […]

Ontario Liberals embed 2019 minimum wage hike in new law

Jun 22 2017 — Robert Benzie — A Progressive Conservative government would be forced to change labour laws in order to derail the $15-a-hour minimum wage increase that takes effect six months after the June 2018 election. In an unusual move, the Liberals have embedded the increase in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act being studied this summer by an all-party committee. […]

A higher minimum wage, 3 weeks’ paid vacation: Ontario Liberals to unveil sweeping labour reforms Tuesday

May 29 2017 — Robert Benzie — Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to unveil dramatic labour law reforms, including greater employee protections, a push toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage, more paid vacation time and measures to make it easier for workers to unionize. On Tuesday, Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn will launch the Liberal government’s formal response to the Changing Workplaces […]

MPP Jack MacLaren booted from Tory caucus over comments about French language rights

May 28 2017 — Robert Benzie — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has finally turfed controversial MPP Jack MacLaren from caucus after a fourth incident embarrassing to the party. MacLaren’s ejection Sunday came after CFRA Radio in Ottawa posted a video of him from 2012 disparaging bilingualism in East Ontario. “You don’t have to convince me what’s wrong with French-language education in […]

Wynne defends 25% hydro rate cut: ‘All of those costs were on the shoulders of people today’

May 25 2017 — Robert Benzie — Premier Kathleen Wynne is making no apologies for the Liberals’ 25 per cent hydro rate cuts that a legislative watchdog warns will cost at least $21 billion over three decades. In the wake of Financial Accountability Officer Stephen LeClair’s report on the “Fair Hydro Plan,” Wynne emphasized that Ontario electricity consumers demanded and deserved relief.

Ontario hydro rate cut will ultimately cost $21B, watchdog warns

May 24 2017 — Robert Benzie — It’s a short-term hydro bill gain in exchange for longer term fiscal pain. The Liberal government’s “Fair Hydro Plan,” which lowers electricity bills by 25 per cent, will ultimately zap Ontarians to the tune of $21 billion over the next three decades, the province’s budget watchdog has found. In a 15-page report released Wednesday, Financial […]