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Confidential Liberal memo lays out strategy to hold Doug Ford’s PCs to a minority government

May 24 2022 — Robert Benzie — Doug Ford leads in the June 2 election campaign, but the Liberals have surged ahead of the NDP and could stop a Progressive Conservative majority, according to internal Grit polling obtained by the Star. A confidential three-page memo to Liberal campaign director Christine McMillan from pollster Dan Arnold concludes that “the PCs are tenuously in […]

Tory staffer suddenly departs Queen’s Park after donating $100 to convoy protests

Feb 15 2022 — Robert Benzie — Solicitor General Sylvia Jones’s director of communications is out of a job after donating $100 earlier this month to the the convoy protests that have blockaded border crossings and occupied Ottawa, sources told the Star. Marion Isabeau-Ringuette parted ways with Premier Doug Ford’s government on Tuesday afternoon, 10 days after she donated money to the […]

We won’t support a minority government led by Doug Ford, Ontario’s opposition leaders say

Jan 25 2022 — Robert Benzie — No Progressive Conservative majority, no more Premier Doug Ford. With an election 18 weeks away, that was the message from Ontario’s three opposition party leaders at a Ryerson University Democracy Forum event Tuesday moderated by the Star’s Martin Regg Cohn. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Green Leader Mike Schreiner emphasized […]

Doug Ford’s campaign finance changes that targeted union spending are unconstitutional, judge rules

Jun 8 2021 — Robert Benzie — An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled Premier Doug Ford’s election finance changes that limited labour unions’ campaign spending are unconstitutional. In a setback for Ford’s Progressive Conservatives less than a year from the next Ontario vote, Justice Ed Morgan ruled the Charter rights of Working Families, a coalition of unions, were “infringed” by curbs […]

Insiders say Doug Ford is looking to dump lockdown critics as he shuffles cabinet that’s ‘too white and too male’

May 31 2021 — Robert Benzie — Premier Doug Ford is considering a major revamp of his cabinet as the one-year countdown begins to the June 2, 2022 election, the Star has learned. After the legislature rises Thursday for the summer, high-ranking Progressive Conservative sources say the premier will turn his eye toward a significant shuffle of ministers. While some advisers have […]

Former Tory MPP sues Ford government over COVID-19 lockdown

Mar 18 2021 — Robert Benzie — Ousted former Progressive Conservative MPP Roman Baber is suing the province over Premier Doug Ford’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Star has learned. Baber (York Centre) has launched a lawsuit to strike down some regulations in Ford’s Reopening Ontario Act as unconstitutional. “I am suing the attorney general of Ontario for our right to protest, pray […]

Premier Doug Ford enlists former head of the Canadian Armed Forces to oversee COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the province

Nov 23 2020 — Robert Benzie — The former head of the Canadian military will lead Ontario’s charge to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, the Star has learned. Retired Gen. Rick Hillier has been enlisted to chair the province’s new task force on the vaccine. Hillier, who was chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces from 2005 to 2008, was […]

Pressure mounts on Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives to distance themselves from Charles McVety

Nov 19 2020 — Robert Benzie — Pressure is mounting on Progressive Conservatives to distance themselves from Premier Doug Ford’s controversial evangelist friend Charles McVety. McVety — who has been accused of intolerance toward gays, lesbians, transgender people and Muslims — is currently trying to get the provincial government to upgrade his Canada Christian College to a university. “Each day brings more […]