National Newswatch

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, […]

Ontario Tories blast media and opposition in fundraising appeal

Feb 26 2019 — Robert Benzie — Under fire after the Star revealed the Progressive Conservatives are enlisting lobbyists to sell $1,250 tickets to Premier Doug Ford’s fundraiser, the governing party is lashing out at the media and the opposition. In an email appeal for campaign contributions sent Tuesday, Tony Miele, chair of the PC Fund of Ontario, urged donors to rally […]

Tories accused of ‘selling access’ to Premier Doug Ford by getting lobbyists to hawk $1,250 fundraiser tickets

Feb 25 2019 — Robert Benzie — The Progressive Conservatives’ decision to enlist lobbyists to peddle $1,250 tickets to Doug Ford’s upcoming fundraiser suggests the governing party is selling access to the premier, charges Democracy Watch. Duff Conacher, co-founder of the non-partisan organization that advocates for democratic reform and government accountability, expressed concern after the Star first revealed the Tories urged lobbyists […]