National Newswatch

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.

Ontario race attracts Canada’s top political talent

May 4 2018 — Robert Benzie — Like moths to a flame, the best and the brightest in Canadian politics have descended upon Ontario for the upcoming provincial campaign. Strategists familiar to viewers of political panel shows are helping all three major party leaders in their bids to win the June 7 election. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne has again turned to David […]

Wynne denounces Ford’s plan to develop Greenbelt as ‘wrong on so many levels’

May 1 2018 — Robert Benzie — Doug Ford’s plan to allow housing construction on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s Greenbelt of protected land is “wrong on so many levels,” charges Premier Kathleen Wynne. The Progressive Conservative leader’s proposal would promote urban sprawl and damage the environment, the Liberal leader told reporters Tuesday. “When that land is gone, it’s gone forever. […]

In scathing pre-election report, Ontario auditor general says deficit is $11.7B, not $6.7B

Apr 25 2018 — Robert Benzie — Ontario’s fiscal watchdog is again questioning the government’s accounting, warning the province’s deficit projections are far greater than outlined in last month’s budget. Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk, who has an ongoing accounting dispute with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, said Wednesday that this year’s shortfall is $11.7 billion, not $6.7 billion, as Finance Minister Charles Sousa […]

Liberals rally with Jean Chrétien in Vaughan

Apr 25 2018 — Robert Benzie — Emotions were high as about 1,000 Liberals rallied in Vaughan with former prime minister Jean Chrétien. Grits gathered Tuesday night for Economic Development Minister Steven Del Duca’s nomination meeting in the new riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge, where Chrétien struck a reflective tone

Liberals launch $1M-attack-ad blitz throwing Doug Ford’s words back at him

Apr 13 2018 — Robert Benzie — Ontario’s governing Liberals are launching a $1-million attack-ad blitz on Doug Ford, using the rookie Progressive Conservative leader’s own words against him. Starting Monday, the party will begin airing pre-election ads that target Ford for his policies and past pronouncements on autistic children, abortion and race. “There’s the Doug Ford you think you know,” intones […]

Doug Ford insists he is no Donald Trump

Apr 9 2018 — Robert Benzie — Doug Ford has said he would have voted for Donald Trump if he could, but he insists he doesn’t “give two hoots” about the polarizing U.S. president. The rookie Progressive Conservative leader told Toronto Life in November 2016 that he would have cast a ballot for the mercurial New York businessman — “not a doubt […]

Online guerrilla campaign takes aim at PC Leader Doug Ford

Mar 26 2018 — Robert Benzie — An online guerrilla campaign attacking Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is causing a buzz at Queen’s Park. While the June 7 election campaign does not officially kick off for another six weeks, the new grassroots group, Not Doug, has launched a slick website aimed at the rookie Tory leader. “There are many reasons why Doug […]