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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 […]

For Ontario PCs, at least Patrick Brown wasn’t well liked — and Wynne still isn’t

Jan 26 2018 — Chris Selley — It was the middle of Wednesday night. Patrick Brown had just been forced out as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, having only hours before tearfully rejected two women’s allegations of sexual assault and coercion and vowed to clear his name. Seemingly his entire campaign staff had resigned, leaving his party reeling just weeks away from […]

$15 minimum wage is no sure-fire winner for Ontario Liberals

Jan 10 2018 — Chris Selley — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has cut a populist figure thus far in 2018, with the supposed heirs to a doughnut fortune playing the corporate villains. Shortly after New Year’s, when the province’s new $14 minimum hourly wage kicked in, it emerged that Cobourg Tim Horton’s franchisees Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce — the married […]

Photos bring Trudeau’s seriousness into question and the backlash could be legendary

Jan 3 2018 — Chris Selley — The supposed geniuses surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are capable of some very strange decisions. Arranging a meeting with Joshua Boyle and his family after their release from Taliban captivity, and agreeing to the Boyles photographing the smiling encounter — Joshua later tweeted out some snaps — is certainly one of them. Boyle was arrested […]

By talking like a conservative, Jason Kenney goes where Patrick Brown fears to tread

Nov 15 2017 — Chris Selley — There is some consternation that Alberta’s newly United Conservative Party opposes Bill 24, the NDP government legislation that would bar schools from informing parents whether or not their children are participating in extracurricular gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs. Certainly the party’s opposition might be unwise: the timing of the bill was an explicit attempt to flush […]