National Newswatch

Ontario ministers who sparred with feds performed best: strategists

Dec 27 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario government ministers who took on the Trudeau Liberals are among the premier’s top performers, according to strategists. The rookie government under Doug Ford quickly went toe-to-toe with federal cabinet ministers after taking office in June, and the confrontational approach made many ministers stand out. Asked by iPolitics to list the best and worst ministers, […]

Ottawa rejects Ontario’s request for federal climate change cash

Dec 7 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government’s appeal to Ottawa to reallocate funding for climate change initiatives has been denied. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday that Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government would not receive the $420-million in funding it lost when it cancelled the province’s cap and trade program over the summer, despite introducing new measures to lower […]

Ford government reopens door to cash-for-access fundraising

Nov 15 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Amid a pile of sweeping changes released Thursday, the Ford government is also reopening the door to cash-for-access fundraising in Ontario. The former Liberal government got rid of the practice last year after falling under a mountain of criticism. The Liberals banned ministers, MPPs, ministerial chiefs of staff and all staff in the premier’s office […]

Sister of Ford’s shuffled transport minister represents key stakeholder

Nov 7 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The transportation minister, whom Premier Doug Ford abruptly shuffled to a different cabinet post, has a sister at the top of a key stakeholder and lobby group for the ministry of transportation. On Monday, Ford shuffled then-transportation minister John Yakabuski to the natural resources and forestry file. So far, the government has given no explanation […]

NDP accuses Ford government of telling ‘lie by omission’

Nov 6 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario’s official Opposition is accusing the Doug Ford government of misleading the public about the circumstances of a senior minister’s departure from cabinet. Late on Friday, the premier’s office announced then-trade minister Jim Wilson’s resignation from cabinet and caucus, citing his need to get treatment for an addiction. However, on Monday, Global News and the […]

Investigations underway following Ontario minister’s exit

Nov 5 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Two third-party investigations have been launched into recent high-profile departures from Premier Doug Ford’s government, says Ontario’s social-services minister. Then-trade minister Jim Wilson’s resignation from cabinet and caucus was announced late Friday. Around the same time, Ford’s director of issues management, Andrew Kimber, also resigned. His departure was not made public. Speaking to reporters in […]

Minister loses top staffer after damaging news story

Nov 2 2018 — Marieke Walsh — While dealing with a harmful news story about his work in the 1990s, Ontario’s Community Safety minister has also lost his chief of staff. Michael Tibollo’s top political staffer, Ken Bednarek, left this week, according to five Conservative insiders who spoke with iPolitics on the condition of anonymity. Bednarek refused to comment about the circumstances […]

Ford pledges to help Scheer defeat Trudeau

Oct 30 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he’ll put his star power behind the federal Conservative effort to kick Justin Trudeau from office in the next election. “There’s only one way, one way we’re going to get rid of the carbon tax, (and that) is by getting rid of Justin Trudeau,” Ford told reporters Tuesday as he […]

Ford doubles down on falsehoods about federal carbon tax

Oct 30 2018 — Marieke Walsh — In addition to repeating inaccurate claims about the impact of the federal carbon tax, Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated new ones on Monday. Speaking alongside Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Ford told reporters in Toronto that the carbon tax will cost families much more than they will get back, and that it will cost a single […]

Jagmeet Singh borrows Andrea Horwath’s chief of staff

Oct 25 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s chief of staff is heading to Ottawa to pinch-hit for the federal NDP. A senior official with the provincial NDP said Michael Balagus will be leaving Horwath’s office temporarily to act as chief of staff for federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

Trudeau says carbon-tax rebate isn’t about buying votes

Oct 23 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government’s plan to credit families hundreds of dollars in advance of the carbon tax has nothing to do with buying votes. At an announcement in Toronto on Tuesday, Trudeau unveiled his government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on four provinces that are refusing to go along with Ottawa’s […]

Love is in the air at Queen’s Park

Oct 23 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Cupid’s arrows are flying all over the place at Queen’s Park this fall. On most days at the legislature, there’s no love lost between the political parties sitting across the aisle from each other. But love is clearly in the air. This weekend, Ontario’s youngest-ever MPP, Sam Oosterhoff, announced his engagement to Keri Ludwig.