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Ontario Legislature resumes for 1st time since Doug Ford elected

Jul 11 2018 — Mike Crawley — Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative MPPs are set to take their seats in the Ontario Legislature for the first time since their decisive majority election victory last month. The new session at Queen’s Park begins Wednesday, with the Ford government calling the legislature for a rare summer sitting primarily to repeal Ontario’s cap […]

Lawsuits allege Brampton PC candidate defrauded would-be immigrants

Jun 4 2018 — Mike Crawley — A Progressive Conservative candidate in Thursday’s provincial election allegedly defrauded tens of thousands of dollars from clients of his immigration consulting firm, court documents reveal. CBC News has obtained copies of four current lawsuits against Ripudaman Dhillon, PC candidate in Brampton North, and his Mississauga-based company, ICC Canada Immigration Solutions.

NDP faces tougher scrutiny as Andrea Horwath rises in polls

May 23 2018 — Mike Crawley — It’s been 28 years since the Ontario NDP had a real shot at winning an election. That’s so long ago that the SkyDome in Toronto was still brand new, Justin Bieber hadn’t been born, and only a select few carried cellphones, which were the size of bricks. The shock NDP victory in 1990 made Bob […]

Ontario PCs are out-fundraising the Liberals, NDP and Greens combined

Apr 29 2018 — Mike Crawley — Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative Party are well ahead of their rivals in raising money, with Ontario’s crucial election campaign period about to begin. Data from Elections Ontario compiled by CBC News show the Ontario PCs are reporting $945,970 in donations so far this year, which is more than the Liberal Party, the New […]

Ontario budget: Kathleen Wynne gambles voters won’t mind a deficit

Mar 28 2018 — Mike Crawley — Today’s Ontario budget will be more a Liberal campaign platform than an actual budget, because the spending plan will only become a reality if Kathleen Wynne’s party wins re-election in little over two months. Wynne and her Finance Minister Charles Sousa have already revealed billions of dollars in pre-budget announcements that will form the backbone […]

Christine Elliott promised PCs unity, but refuses to unite behind Doug Ford

Mar 11 2018 — Mike Crawley — Elliott’s dispute of leadership results takes spotlight away from Ford’s victory. It was supposed to be a glorious moment for the Ontario PCs: revealing their new leader in an energy-filled ballroom, showcasing a rejuvenated, united party to a big TV audience, proving to voters that they are ready to win the election in June. Instead, […]

Patrick Brown supporters could sway Ontario PC leadership race

Mar 8 2018 — Mike Crawley — Patrick Brown is no longer in the running to replace himself as Ontario PC leader, but his supporters could be a crucial factor in determining who wins the party’s top job on Saturday. Brown had the public endorsement of two MPPs and 17 PC candidates during his short-lived entry into the leadership race. His campaign […]

Ontario PC leadership rivals take gloves off in final debate

Mar 1 2018 — Mike Crawley — All four candidates who want to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservative party are showing some fire, with voting in the race about to begin and Patrick Brown out of the picture. Doug Ford went after Christine Elliott in one of the nastiest exchanges of Wednesday night’s leadership debate in Ottawa, while Caroline Mulroney finally put […]

Signs suggest Caroline Mulroney leadership bid is struggling

Feb 28 2018 — Mike Crawley — Tonight’s Ontario PC leadership debate in Ottawa comes just two days before voting begins, so it’s really the last chance for the candidates to make a big impression on a large number of party members at once. With Patrick Brown no longer in the race, the obvious lightning rod for attacks is gone. So how […]

Why Caroline Mulroney has the most at stake in PC leadership debate

Feb 15 2018 — Mike Crawley — There is much more on the line in today’s Ontario PC leadership debate than there typically is for such an event. Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford and Christine Elliott will go head-to-head Thursday afternoon, in the first of only two debates scheduled before Progressive Conservatives begin voting for their new leader on March 2

New information raises questions about allegations against Patrick Brown

Feb 14 2018 — Mike Crawley — Two people have revealed fresh information to CBC News about elements of the alleged incidents that forced Patrick Brown to resign as Ontario PC leader. Brown faced accusations of sexual misconduct by two women, one who originally said she was in high school at the time, the other who worked for Brown when he was […]

Support for Patrick Brown grows, but his future remains uncertain

Feb 12 2018 — Mike Crawley — The Ontario PC leadership contest is gearing up, and so is support for the man whose resignation triggered the race. There’s been an increase in public statements in defence of Patrick Brown, particularly in the wake of his first interview since resigning as leader on Jan. 25th and his weekend post on Facebook insisting he […]

Ontario PC leadership race is on: here’s how it shapes up

Feb 1 2018 — Mike Crawley — For the vast majority of people, life was “nasty, brutish, and short” in the 17th century, according to English philosopher Thomas Hobbes. His words could well apply to the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race of 2018. The new leader will be announced on March 10, barely six weeks after Patrick Brown’s emotional denial of sexual […]