National Newswatch

Doug Ford’s campaign finance changes that targeted union spending are unconstitutional, judge rules

Jun 8 2021 — Robert Benzie — An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled Premier Doug Ford’s election finance changes that limited labour unions’ campaign spending are unconstitutional. In a setback for Ford’s Progressive Conservatives less than a year from the next Ontario vote, Justice Ed Morgan ruled the Charter rights of Working Families, a coalition of unions, were “infringed” by curbs […]

Insiders say Doug Ford is looking to dump lockdown critics as he shuffles cabinet that’s ‘too white and too male’

May 31 2021 — Robert Benzie — Premier Doug Ford is considering a major revamp of his cabinet as the one-year countdown begins to the June 2, 2022 election, the Star has learned. After the legislature rises Thursday for the summer, high-ranking Progressive Conservative sources say the premier will turn his eye toward a significant shuffle of ministers. While some advisers have […]

Former Tory MPP sues Ford government over COVID-19 lockdown

Mar 18 2021 — Robert Benzie — Ousted former Progressive Conservative MPP Roman Baber is suing the province over Premier Doug Ford’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Star has learned. Baber (York Centre) has launched a lawsuit to strike down some regulations in Ford’s Reopening Ontario Act as unconstitutional. “I am suing the attorney general of Ontario for our right to protest, pray […]

Premier Doug Ford enlists former head of the Canadian Armed Forces to oversee COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the province

Nov 23 2020 — Robert Benzie — The former head of the Canadian military will lead Ontario’s charge to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, the Star has learned. Retired Gen. Rick Hillier has been enlisted to chair the province’s new task force on the vaccine. Hillier, who was chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces from 2005 to 2008, was […]

Pressure mounts on Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives to distance themselves from Charles McVety

Nov 19 2020 — Robert Benzie — Pressure is mounting on Progressive Conservatives to distance themselves from Premier Doug Ford’s controversial evangelist friend Charles McVety. McVety — who has been accused of intolerance toward gays, lesbians, transgender people and Muslims — is currently trying to get the provincial government to upgrade his Canada Christian College to a university. “Each day brings more […]

Poll suggests Ontarians do not want an early provincial election

Oct 4 2020 — Robert Benzie — As MPPs debate a Liberal motion designed to thwart the possibility of Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives calling a snap election, a new poll suggests most Ontarians do not want a campaign before the scheduled 2022 vote. The Campaign Research survey for the Toronto Star comes on the eve of Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter’s motion […]

Doug Ford’s government abandons unconstitutional gas-pump stickers that railed against federal carbon pricing

Oct 1 2020 — Robert Benzie — Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are sticking it to their own controversial gas-pump decals that a court ruled were unconstitutional. Ford’s cabinet decided late Wednesday against appealing a Sept. 4 Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision that found the mandatory stickers violated business owners’ freedom of expression. Energy Minister Greg Rickford’s office confirmed the government […]

Doug Ford praises appointment of ‘amazing’ Chrystia Freeland as federal finance minister

Aug 18 2020 — Robert Benzie — The Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario is hailing the new federal Liberal finance minister. “I absolutely love Chrystia Freeland. She’s amazing. I’ll have her back, I’ll help her any way we can,” an elated Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday. As first revealed by the Star’s Susan Delacourt in April, the COVID-19 pandemic has forged a […]