National Newswatch

Ontario ‘concerned’ Ottawa is putting domestic politics ahead of a NAFTA deal

Aug 16 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is “concerned” that Ottawa is mishandling trade talks with the United States and Mexico and putting partisan interests ahead of reaching a deal, according to senior sources. The two provincial government sources who did not have clearance to speak on the record, said Premier Doug Ford’s government believes that there is […]

Ontario minister apologizes for using ‘fake news’ term to counter critics

Aug 14 2018 — Marieke Walsh — One of Doug Ford’s most vocal cabinet ministers is apologizing for comments she made in the question period two weeks ago. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod told reporters Tuesday her regret from the new government’s first legislative session is invoking the term “fake news,” which was popularized by President Donald Trump. MacLeod used the phrase […]

Ontario’s anti-racism minister slammed for ‘racist’ comment

Jul 19 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Doug Ford’s minister responsible for Ontario’s anti-racism directorate is under fire for comments about wearing a bulletproof vest when visiting Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood. “I was appalled,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath after question period on Wednesday. “It is absolutely unacceptable to make an insinuation that going in to a highly racialized community is going […]

Top Trudeau advisor slams Ford on cap-and-trade

Jun 18 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary is taking on Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford’s decision to scrap cap-and-trade. In tweets sent since Ford’s Friday announcement Gerald Butts accused Ford of inviting “pointless litigation” by pulling Ontario out of the carbon pricing market with California and Quebec. And suggested businesses have now wasted billions in a market […]

Ottawa to impose Ontario carbon tax when Ford scraps cap-and-trade

Jun 15 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford says on the day his government is sworn in he will cancel cap-and-trade, and already Ottawa is promising that move will lead to a federal carbon tax instead. “As of June the 29, the cap-and-trade, the carbon tax they’re gone, they’re done,” Ford told reporters Friday morning. “This will mean relief […]

Ontario NDP, PCs in dead heat: Angus Reid poll

May 30 2018 — Marieke Walsh — With just more than a week to go in Ontario’s election campaign, a new poll shows the NDP and Progressive Conservatives in a dead heat, but gives the advantage to the Orange team. Released Wednesday, the poll by the Angus Reid Institute shows the two parties in a statistical tie. Among decided and leaning voters […]