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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 […]

How Doug Ford’s run for Ontario PC leader could shake the party to its core

Jan 30 2018 — Mike Crawley — Your mom’s basement is a rather inauspicious venue to announce your ambition to become premier of Ontario, but anybody who underestimates Doug Ford’s chances to win the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership does so at their peril. Ford declared his candidacy on Monday to lead a party in deep turmoil following the resignation of leader […]

The most popular political Facebook group in Ontario targets Kathleen Wynne

Jun 24 2017 — Mike Crawley — A new political force in Ontario is exploding on social media, with defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in the 2018 election as its key goal. It’s called Ontario Proud, and its Facebook page has amassed nearly 145,000 followers — more than the provincial Liberals, PCs and NDP combined. Created little more than a year […]

Kathleen Wynne reveals plan to cut Ontario hydro bills by 17% on average

Mar 2 2017 — Mike Crawley — Residential hydro bills in Ontario will drop by 17 per cent on average this summer under a new plan released Thursday by Premier Kathleen Wynne. The plan will lift billions of dollars in costs off customers this year, and load them onto future hydro bills and taxpayers. The dramatic move comes as Wynne’s Liberal government […]

Hydro bills will be the focus as Queen’s Park resumes

Feb 21 2017 — Mike Crawley — Three issues will dominate the agenda during the spring session of the Ontario Legislature, starting Tuesday: hydro hydro; and hydro. Sure, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government will bring in Ontario’s first balanced budget in a decade, despite fears it won’t. Yes, there will be fusses over six-figure salaries in the public sector. Indeed, the province’s […]