National Newswatch

Premier Ford says Ontario preparing for ‘gradual’ economic reopening as modelling shows pandemic peak likely reached

Apr 20 2020 — Laura Stone — Premier Doug Ford says Ontario is preparing for the “gradual” reopening of the economy as new modelling shows the province has likely reached its peak in the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the situation in long-term care homes continues to worsen. Mr. Ford said Monday that his jobs and recovery committee, made up of key cabinet […]

Jason Kenney takes aim at immigration system as he campaigns for federal Conservatives in Toronto area

Oct 7 2019 — Laura Stone — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told a room of Chinese-Canadian supporters of the federal Conservative Party on Sunday that it’s time to bring fairness back to this country’s immigration system, arguing the Liberals have blown “huge holes” in the process. Mr. Kenney, a former federal immigration minister, spent the weekend campaigning for the federal Tories in […]

Jane Philpott, Jody Wilson-Raybould say they have surpassed their fundraising goals

Sep 26 2019 — Laura Stone — Independent candidates Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould have shut down donations to their federal election campaigns, saying their financial goals have been exceeded and they don’t need any more money. The former Liberal ministers, who resigned from cabinet and were kicked out of Justin Trudeau’s caucus over the SNC-Lavalin affair, said they have been flooded […]

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 […]