National Newswatch

Brampton’s new integrity commissioner has ties to Mayor Patrick Brown

Aug 20 2019 — Laura Stone — Brampton’s newly appointed integrity commissioner has publicly expressed support for Mayor Patrick Brown in the past and her spouse’s company did paid work for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party under the former leader. Muneeza Sheikh, a Toronto labour lawyer and frequent media contributor, was appointed by Brampton city council to the dual post of integrity […]

Scheer says he didn’t ask Ford for extended adjournment in Ontario

Jun 6 2019 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s office says it did not ask Premier Doug Ford to delay his government’s return to the Ontario Legislature until after the general election, although federal Tories acknowledge they are hearing about Mr. Ford in their ridings. The Progressive Conservative government faced backlash on Thursday over its decision to adjourn the legislature […]

Trudeau says Ford government putting lives at risk by closing supervised drug-use sites

Apr 6 2019 — Laura Stone — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing the Ford government of putting people’s lives at risk for “ideological reasons” by pulling funding for several supervised drug-use sites in Ontario, suggesting Ottawa is prepared to step in and help. At a press conference on Friday to announce $1.3-billion over ten years for affordable housing in Toronto, which […]

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with ‘hostility, anger’ in private Trudeau talks

Mar 8 2019 — Laura Stone — Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with hostility and anger from Justin Trudeau when she told him she was leaving politics, prompting her to speak out about the Prime Minister’s behaviour. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes sent out a tweet earlier this week after Mr. Trudeau spoke about his leadership style during a news conference to […]

Horwath says Ford government undermining inquiry into Taverner’s OPP appointment

Jan 29 2019 — Laura Stone — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is accusing Premier Doug Ford’s government of undermining an independent inquiry into the hiring of the province’s next police commissioner, and says the appointment cannot go ahead. Ms. Horwath said comments made by Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones to The Globe and Mail on Monday mean that Toronto Police Superintendent […]

Ron Taverner’s appointment as OPP commissioner postponed

Dec 15 2018 — Laura Stone — The Ontario government says it is postponing the appointment of Premier Doug Ford’s family friend, Ron Taverner, as OPP commissioner until a review of the hiring process is complete. Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones said in a statement the government decided to delay the appointment at the request of Toronto Police superintendent Taverner, who was […]

Former RCMP head Bob Paulson calls for review of hiring of Doug Ford’s friend Ron Taverner as OPP commissioner

Dec 13 2018 — Laura Stone — Former RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson says there are “reasonable concerns” about the appointment of Premier Doug Ford’s family friend, Ron Taverner, as the next commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police and there should be an independent inquiry into the matter to preserve the integrity of the force. Mr. Paulson, a 32-year veteran of the RCMP […]

Big losers to carbon tax will be commuters, seniors and hockey moms, Scheer tells convention crowd

Nov 17 2018 — Laura Stone — Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called commuters, seniors and hockey moms the “enemy” of Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, as he also took aim at the prime minister’s top staffers in a speech to provincial party members. Speaking at the Ontario Progressive Conservative convention on Saturday, Mr. Scheer said the federal carbon tax will affect the […]

Doug Ford promises to balance books, targets Trudeau and team at PC convention

Nov 17 2018 — Laura Stone — Premier Doug Ford promised to balance Ontario’s budget, without providing specifics, while broadening his attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax at a gathering of Progressive Conservative party faithful on Friday. Mr. Ford used his opening night speech at the Ontario PC party convention to tout his party’s economic plan after his government introduced […]