National Newswatch

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 […]

Ontario Labour Minister’s office vandalized after PCs freeze minimum wage, unveil workplace reforms

Oct 24 2018 — Laura Stone — Ontario Labour Minister Laurie Scott’s constituency office was broken into and vandalized overnight after the Progressive Conservative government introduced workplace reforms, the Premier’s Office says. Ms. Scott’s office in Lindsay, Ont., was broken into, the windows were smashed and a fire extinguisher was set off, a spokesman from Premier Doug Ford’s office told The Globe. […]

Doug Ford government cancels funding for three new GTA university campuses

Oct 23 2018 — Laura Stone — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is cancelling funding for three university campuses in the Toronto area, blaming the province’s poor finances. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the government is no longer in a position to fund the three satellite campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton owing to the province’s “new fiscal restraints.” […]

Premier Ford won’t meet with top Trudeau minister Dominic LeBlanc this week

Oct 16 2018 — Laura Stone — As tensions increase between the federal and Ontario governments, Premier Doug Ford’s office says he won’t be meeting this week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s point man on federal-provincial relations due to “scheduling constraints.” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is making his first trip to Queen’s Park since being named to his new role this […]