National Newswatch

As Tories flail, Kathleen Wynne plots her comeback

Feb 20 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — With all eyes on a Tory civil war, Kathleen Wynne is largely out of sight and out of mind. Just not out of action. While the media pay her no heed, the premier is quietly making tracks, popping up at town halls and universities across the province. With a spring election looming, it’s like spring […]

The Mulroney we never knew now wants to be our premier

Feb 5 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Here’s one headline you won’t see in the Progressive Conservative leadership race: Caroline Who? When your last name is Mulroney, everybody knows who you are and where you came from. The challenge isn’t name recognition but definition. It’s not the headline, just the question: Who is Caroline Mulroney exactly? We know she’s the daughter of […]

How Ontario’s Tories tried to make it right but got it all wrong

Jan 31 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — If the latest Progressive Conservative upheaval makes you want to heave, take heart. There’s a bright side to the party’s darkest hour. Consider the zero-tolerance response to alleged sexual improprieties by ex-leader Patrick Brown here, versus the infinite tolerance for Donald Trump’s sexual misconduct over there. I’m not talking about public opinion, which can be […]

PCs wanted a leadership race and Doug Ford gave them one

Jan 29 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Folks, we give you Doug Ford. Remember him? Please don’t stop reading. We can explain the inexplicable — starting with his declaration Monday to seek the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives and become Ontario’s next premier. The June 7 election was supposed to be a chance for voters to pass judgment on Kathleen Wynne and […]

Did Progressive Conservatives just give away the game?

Jan 26 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Never underestimate the ability of the Progressive Conservative opposition to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. First, we give you Vic Fedeli, 61. Possibly the province’s next premier. Then we take him away, so we can play. A day after the party’s public self-immolation, with ex-leader Patrick Brown publicly tarred and feathered for alleged […]

Brown lived and died by the court of public opinion

Jan 25 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Patrick Brown, we hardly knew ’ye. Now, we never will. The man who would be premier has become the fastest footnote to Ontario political history. Public opinion polls typically showed his Tories in the lead, but most Ontarians said they had no opinion of Brown himself — a political unknown who remained unknowable. All that […]

The Liberal party’s parity problem in Ontario

Jan 18 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — A pre-election cabinet shuffle is a big deal in the life and death cycle of any government, a last chance for reincarnation or resurrection. The Liberals are putting their best face(s) forward in the final months before a June 7 vote. But Wednesday’s cabinet unveiling also lays bare the party’s exposed flanks after 14 years […]

How polling gave Patrick Brown’s PCs a head start

Jan 15 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Patrick Brown is toasting the new year with big news; his Progressive Conservatives have signed up a record 200,000 members. The Tories are also boasting about a banner year for fundraising, taking in $2.35 million in 2017, more than the Liberals and New Democrats combined. Money and memberships are the oxygen of politics, fuelling the […]

The political resurrection of Premier Kathleen Wynne

Dec 19 2017 — Martin Regg Cohn — A year ago — call it the ghost of Christmas past — the media peppered Kathleen Wynne with questions about stepping down early to spare her Liberals a humiliating defeat in the next election. This week — perhaps the ghost of Christmas present — the media was instead demanding whether she’d commit to a full […]