National Newswatch

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.

Ford government praises Team Trudeau’s work on NAFTA

Sep 20 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The clock is ticking down to the latest deadline to renegotiate a trade deal with the United States and Mexico, but Ontario’s trade minister went out of his way Thursday to commend the Trudeau government’s work. Fresh off a one-day trip to Washington on Wednesday, Minister Jim Wilson gave kudos to Canada’s negotiating team. “They’re […]

Attacks on Caroline Mulroney borderline misogyny, Tories say

Sep 17 2018 — Marieke Walsh — After an all-nighter at Queen’s Park, the Progressive Conservative government condemned “paternalistic” attacks on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. Mulroney has found herself in the crosshairs after Premier Doug Ford announced last week that his government would use the notwithstanding clause to circumvent the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and downsize Toronto’s city council. It’s the […]

Ontario launches site for tattling on sex-ed teachers bucking Ford-ordered curriculum

Aug 22 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The Ontario government is launching a snitch site for parents to lodge complaints against teachers they believe aren’t following provincial curriculum. In a press release issued Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford warned teachers against teaching the 2015 sex-ed curriculum the Progressive Conservatives repealed in July. “We expect our teachers, principals and school board officials to fulfill […]

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 […]