National Newswatch

Lametti discussed SNC-Lavalin with PMO after swearing-in

Mar 1 2019 — Marieke Walsh — Justice Minister David Lametti said he was briefed on the SNC-Lavalin case and deferred prosecution agreements after taking office last month, even though the Public Prosecution Service had already decided that it would proceed with a trial against the Quebec firm. Lametti made the comments to reporters in Toronto on Thursday, saying he was briefed […]

Minister defends $2,500 per diem for internal audit committee chair

Feb 13 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is defending paying thousands of dollars per day to the chair of a committee tasked with cutting waste. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced in a statement Tuesday that Charles-Antoine St-Jean had been appointed chair of the government’s internal corporate audit committee. The news release didn’t disclose compensation but hours later Bethlenfalvy’s […]

Legal community raises alarms over allegations PMO interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

Feb 7 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a police investigation into bombshell allegations that Justin Trudeau’s office interfered in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin. “Messing with the administration of justice is not just bad politics. It may be a crime,” CCLA executive director Michael Bryant said in a statement Thursday. Earlier in the day, […]

Ford government calls in OPP to investigate leaked documents

Feb 4 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is asking the OPP to investigate the massive leak of government documents to the NDP. In a memo sent to all public service staff on Monday, the government’s interim cabinet secretary Steven Davidson said the person found responsible for the leak was let go and the provincial police were called in to […]

Ontario NDP calls for investigation into Kenney’s donations to Tories

Feb 1 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ontario NDP is joining a growing chorus of left-of-centre parties questioning the residency status of Jason Kenney during his time as a federal minister and MP. Last week, Ontario Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell asked the Speaker of the House to investigate whether Kenney misused the expense system by claiming Calgary as his primary residence […]

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 […]