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Doug Ford fires privatization czar, chief investment officer and chief scientist

Jul 4 2018 — Robert Benzie — Premier Doug Ford has quietly fired Ontario’s chief investment officer, chief scientist, and removed Ed Clark as the premier’s business adviser in a post-election purge. Sources told the Star that Ford’s newly elected Progressive Conservative government ended Allan O’Dette’s brief tenure as the province’s first chief investment officer at cabinet on Friday.

Horwath denies NDP is anti-police in wake of candidates’ actions

May 30 2018 — Robert Benzie — New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath insists there’s no anti-police undercurrent in her front-running party despite past controversial actions by NDP candidates. “Not at all,” Horwath said Wednesday after the Progressive Conservatives, who have slipped to second place according to most public-opinion polls, accused her of “indulging offensive and radical elements in her party.”

NDP calls for Elections Ontario to probe 12 PC nominations

May 23 2018 — Robert Benzie — As the New Democrats demanded Elections Ontario probe 12 Progressive Conservative nomination contests, Tory Leader Doug Ford signalled he is ready to remove more PC candidates if necessary. “Once new revelations come to us, we sit down just like I did with the Brampton East candidate and we’ll address it,” Ford said Wednesday on a […]

Stephen Harper to speak at PC fundraiser for Mike Harris, Jr.

May 18 2018 — Robert Benzie — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is injecting himself into the Ontario election campaign, the Star has learned. Harper will speak on May 28 at a private $1,222-a-head Toronto fundraiser, hosted by former premier Mike Harris for his son Mike Harris, Jr., who is running for the Progressive Conservatives in Kitchener-Conestoga.