National Newswatch

Tories gird for watchdog report on the cost of scrapping Ontario’s cap-and-trade program

Oct 15 2018 — Robert Benzie — As Ontario’s fiscal watchdog is set to reveal the financial impact of Premier Doug Ford’s decision to scrap cap-and-trade, the Progressive Conservatives insist they will have a replacement climate-change plan soon. Environment Minister Rod Phillips said Monday the Tories would soon unveil their strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to extreme weather.

One hundred days in, has Premier Doug Ford delivered?

Oct 7 2018 — Robert Benzie — For 126 years the Toronto Star has been keeping residents of this city, province and country informed and entertained, from politics and public transit to crime, celebrities, fashion, sports and more. If it was happening, the Star had it covered. With 141 National Newspaper Awards, our prize-winning journalism has been a major influence in the […]

Ford purges high-profile Liberal appointees

Sep 4 2018 — Robert Benzie — The new Progressive Conservative government has axed a slew of high-profile Liberal appointees, including corrections reformer Howard Sapers, former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci and ex-minister David Collenette. Premier Doug Ford, who toppled Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in the June 7 election, has quietly been removing people from their government patronage posts since being sworn in […]

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.”