National Newswatch

Linked to Ford, Scheer tells the Star ‘I am my own person’

Jun 11 2019 — Robert Benzie — The day after millions of Canadian basketball fans saw attack ads portraying Andrew Scheer as a puppet of Premier Doug Ford, the federal Conservative leader insists he is his “own” man. Federal Conservatives have told the Star they fear Ford’s declining popularity will hurt them in the Oct. 21 election, but in an exclusive interview, […]

Federal Conservatives’ worries about Doug Ford’s unpopularity intensify

Jun 9 2019 — Robert Benzie — The federal Conservatives have mounting concerns about the impact Premier Doug Ford will have on their electoral fortunes in Ontario this fall, party sources tell the Star. “Doug Ford is the No. 1 issue at the doors (for candidates) here,” said one senior Conservative official, speaking confidentially in order to discuss internal deliberations. “Let’s just […]

Ontario launches ad blitz against federal carbon pricing

May 13 2019 — Robert Benzie — It’s a different kind of climate change. Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have launched their first taxpayer-funded TV commercial attacking the federal carbon-pricing plan as nickel-and-diming Ontarians. The 30-second spot, part of Ford’s $30-million push against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon plan, depicts nickels cascading as the bounty from a casino slot machine.

Ford’s gas-pump stickers violate Charter, CCLA warns

May 1 2019 — Robert Benzie — Forcing private businesses to post the Progressive Conservative government’s stickers on gasoline pumps is a violation of Charter rights, warns the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In a letter to Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Energy Minister Greg Rickford, the association urged the government to revisit a decal debacle that could see gas stations fined up […]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford attacks media for ‘mocking us’ over his opposition to federal carbon pricing

Apr 8 2019 — Robert Benzie — Following the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is attacking the media for criticizing his policies. In an email fundraising blast sent Monday by the Progressive Conservatives, Ford charges that unnamed journalists and news organizations are unfairly targetting him for opposing the federal carbon-pricing measures.

Doug Ford’s corner store beer consultant to make $1,000 a day

Apr 3 2019 — Robert Benzie — The former Alberta cabinet minister advising Premier Doug Ford’s government on a revamp of Ontario’s alcohol retailing will be paid $1,000 a day, the Star has learned. Ken Hughes was hired two weeks ago by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli to be the Progressive Conservatives’ point person on negotiating changes to pave the way for beer […]

Doug Ford threatens to call police on NDP

Mar 20 2019 — Robert Benzie — Premier Doug Ford is threatening to call the Ontario Provincial Police to probe the fundraising practices of the opposition New Democrats. With NDP pouncing on ousted Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier’s allegations about how the Tory government conducts business, Ford lashed out Wednesday.

Fedeli slams federal Liberals ‘re-election budget’

Mar 19 2019 — Robert Benzie — Too little, too late. That’s the verdict from Queen’s Park about the federal Liberal government’s pre-election spending plan. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, who will table the Progressive Conservatives’ first budget on April 11, said federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal blueprint falls short. “This is nothing more than a re-election budget,” Fedeli told reporters Thursday, […]