National Newswatch

The referendum on Andrea Horwath’s NDP is just beginning

May 22 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — At the midpoint of the election campaign, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is in uncharted territory. Has she gone from third to second? And thence from second to first? No one knows. Never mind that pundits and pollsters don’t really know what’s on the minds of most voters. Bear in mind that many voters may not […]

Auditor general’s report could spell trouble for all three of Ontario’s political parties

Apr 26 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — History, like politics, has a way of repeating itself. Especially at election time. In opposition 15 years ago, Ontario’s Liberal Party smelled a rat. They accused the Tory government of the day of cooking the books. Playing the reformist card in the 2003 campaign, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals proposed that all future pre-election budgets be reviewed […]

After a wild PC leadership race, don’t rule out Premier Ford

Mar 10 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — In the time of Trump, Ontario’s Tories have chosen Doug Ford to lead a populist revolt in Canada’s biggest province, starting in its biggest city. After losing the last four elections, the Progressive Conservatives are heading into the next campaign convinced they can win on June 7 with a wild-card candidate — armed with the […]

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 […]