National Newswatch

Leaked document reveals Ontario’s plan to avoid another COVID-19 lockdown

Sep 24 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario wants to avoid imposing lockdown-style measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, but is prepared to take ‘targeted action” such as closing certain higher-risk businesses, CBC News has learned. CBC News obtained a copy of Ontario’s fall pandemic preparedness plan, still in draft form even as Premier Doug Ford’s government is in the […]

Resurgence of COVID-19 in Ontario ups pressure on Doug Ford government

Sep 14 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario’s COVID-19 cases are rising at a rate not seen for months, upping the pressure on Premier Doug Ford’s government and public health officials to take fresh action to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The average number of new COVID-19 infections confirmed daily in the province has doubled in a stretch of just three […]

Steven Del Duca’s to-do list: Rebuild Ontario’s Liberals, take on Doug Ford

Mar 8 2020 — Mike Crawley — For Steven Del Duca, winning the Ontario Liberal leadership was the easy job. Del Duca, a former cabinet minister, succeeds Kathleen Wynne as party leader after his landslide first-ballot victory at Saturday’s Liberal convention in Mississauga. Now Del Duca faces the far more difficult tasks of rebuilding his third-place party, taking on incumbent Premier Doug Ford, and […]

Doug Ford hints at his re-election strategy for 2022

Feb 24 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is offering a glimpse of his strategy for winning a second term in office, more two years before the next election. In a speech to Progressive Conservative party members in Niagara Falls this weekend, Ford reeled off figures about the health of Ontario’s economy and went on the political offensive — […]

Why Doug Ford is playing nice with Justin Trudeau

Nov 28 2019 — Mike Crawley — The smiles from Premier Doug Ford and his friendly bantering with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the pair met on Parliament Hill last week were in no way just an act for the cameras. It was a sharp change for Canada’s two most powerful politicians, who spent much of the past 18 months as each […]

Ontario Liberal leadership race begins in earnest

Nov 25 2019 — Mike Crawley — The race to lead the Ontario Liberal party back from the political wilderness begins in earnest on Monday as the deadline arrives for leadership candidates to declare they’re running. So far five candidates have joined the contest to succeed Kathleen Wynne as leader, with the eventual aim of trying to unseat Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive […]

What Justin Trudeau’s win means for Doug Ford and his government

Oct 24 2019 — Mike Crawley — The results of the federal election can be viewed as both good news and bad news for Ontario Premier Doug Ford. First, the bad news. The way Ontarians voted suggests the Liberal brand remains rather strong in this province. Two thirds of the MPs chosen to represent Ontario ridings are Liberal. The Liberal share of […]

Ontario PCs face lawsuit over election of party president

Oct 18 2019 — Mike Crawley — The husband of one of Premier Doug Ford’s MPPs is suing the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, claiming that officials rigged the election for party president, deliberately breaking their own rules to thwart his candidacy. Jim Karahalios filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court this week, alleging that the party allowed “ballot stuffing” that tipped the […]

Doug Ford’s government has made ‘next to no progress’ on plan to cut carbon emissions: report

Oct 10 2019 — Mike Crawley — Premier Doug Ford’s government has done almost nothing on the bulk of the promises in the greenhouse-gas reduction plan it introduced last November, according to a new report by an environmental watchdog group. The report published Thursday by the group Environmental Defence examines the seven key actions pledged by the government to cut Ontario’s carbon […]

Why Doug Ford’s cabinet shuffle won’t solve his problems

Jun 21 2019 — Mike Crawley — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is showing no signs of changing the direction of his government, despite demoting his finance minister barely two months after his first budget. Ford struck an unapologetic tone in his news conference Thursday, refusing to admit to any shortcomings in his budget beyond saying his government could have done a better […]

Doug Ford’s van customization has $50K price tag, documents show

Feb 26 2019 — Mike Crawley — Customizing a van for Premier Doug Ford — with items that included a reclining leather sofa and a mini-fridge — would have cost taxpayers more than $50,000, according to a document filed in Ontario Superior Court. An estimate for customizing the van was filed by lawyers for Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair as […]

Ford government creating ‘Ontario Health’ super-agency: sources

Feb 26 2019 — Mike Crawley — The Ford government will create a central agency called Ontario Health to oversee the province’s $60-billion health-care system, CBC News has learned. The super-agency — to be unveiled Tuesday by Health Minister Christine Elliott — will be formed by dissolving the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and merging their duties with those of six […]

Doug Ford’s PC party holds blistering lead in 2019 fundraising

Feb 24 2019 — Mike Crawley — Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party is out-fundraising its main political rivals by a factor of 10 so far this year, racking up a war chest that is poised to grow even larger next week. The PCs have reported a total of $506,118 in political donations in 2019, according to current figures in the Elections Ontario […]