National Newswatch

Ontario PCs’ ‘hidden deficit’ routine is the weakest yet

Sep 22 2018 — Chris Selley — You’ll never guess what: There’s a new Ontario government, and it claims to have found glaring incongruities between the previous government’s financial reporting and reality, and we might all have to make sacrifices as a result. It’s like The Mousetrap of political theatre: it’s more than a bit hammy, and everyone knows how it ends, […]

A Doug Ford government could look like almost anything

Jun 7 2018 — Chris Selley — Ontario voters rang down the curtain on 15 years of Liberal government on Thursday night by making, in many ways, the traditional choice. Over the past century, with only one not-very-fondly-remembered exception, Ontarians have installed either Tory or Liberal governments. An unusual number of voters preferred the other change on offer: the NDP finished strong, […]

Ford lawsuit is a harbinger of chaos

Jun 5 2018 — Chris Selley — After three months of interminable comparisons between Doug Ford and Donald Trump, Monday brought us an unpleasant but useful reminder: The unusual politician seemingly poised to become Ontario’s next premier needs no foreign analogue. He is first, foremost and forever a Ford. He honed his political persona long before Trump honed his, and his family […]

Ontario PCs searching for weak spot in surging New Democrats

May 22 2018 — Chris Selley — Let us peer back through the mists of history to a time called A Few Months Ago. Ontarians were telling pollsters they were sick of Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government, but they nevertheless seemed tolerant of some of their policies: polls found solid support for the $15 minimum wage, expanding rent control and cutting […]

Liberals still don’t get why people are so upset by abortion clause in Summer Jobs program

Apr 27 2018 — Chris Selley — Wednesday’s parliamentary outrage du jour was an online summer job posting from Dogwood, a B.C. environmental group. The successful applicant will “help (Dogwood’s) organizing network stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project,” and she will make $15 an hour thanks to the generosity of the Canadian taxpayer. The Canada Summer Jobs Program distributes funds […]

With Doug Ford, Ontario’s Tories take a big risk

Mar 11 2018 — Chris Selley — In the end, maybe caucus had it right. If more than anything else Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives wanted to win on June 7 then maybe they should have stuck with interim leader Vic Fedeli. If the ultra-folksy MPP for Nipissing wasn’t the most compelling imaginable premier-in-waiting, he would certainly have cut a less divisive figure than […]

Who is Caroline Mulroney? Ontario PC leadership candidate needs more than name recognition to win over party

Feb 5 2018 — Chris Selley — Caroline Mulroney has name recognition. But recognizing her last name won’t tell most Ontarians much that’s useful about the latest candidate for leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives — official announcement is to come Monday — and, if all goes to plan, the province’s next premier. On Sunday, in the pub attached to the north […]

Everyone take a breath — Ontario’s PCs have chosen a reasonable path to picking their new leader

Feb 1 2018 — Chris Selley — And … exhale. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives took a step back from the brink late Wednesday night when the party executive approved rules for a leadership contest that for some time seemed in danger of not happening. Almost exactly a week after former leader Patrick Brown’s stunning middle-of-the-night departure amidst allegations of sexual assault and coercion […]

Doug Ford makes everything worse for Ontario PC party ‘elites’

Jan 29 2018 — Chris Selley — It’s Stopped Clock Day in Ontario: Doug Ford is right. “We have seen backroom politics at its worst — insiders trying to politically capitalize at the expense of the people, elites who are disconnected from the grassroots of the party,” he told reporters on Monday in the basement of the Ford homestead, where he announced […]

Ontario Tories flirt with creative self-destruction

Jan 29 2018 — Chris Selley — Say this for Ontario’s Tories: they know how to dream up creative losing scenarios. Patrick Brown’s sudden departure amidst sexual assault and coercion allegations last week made John Tory’s religious schools funding and Tim Hudak’s 100,000 public-sector job cut promise look like minor whoopsy-daisies. And just days later, many Tories are convinced something even more […]