National Newswatch

‘No indication’ that Doug Ford influenced OPP firing, ethics watchdog says

May 7 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Ontario’s integrity commissioner is citing “insufficient grounds” to investigate an NDP allegation that Premier Doug Ford violated ethics legislation by approving the firing of OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair. New Democrat MPP Kevin Yarde charged in March that Ford breached the Members’ Integrity Act by using his office to influence the decision to terminate Blair, […]

Doug Ford names election readiness team for 2022

Jan 23 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Just seven months after winning a majority government, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have formed an “election readiness committee” to get ready for the 2022 vote. The nine-member team includes major players from last spring’s campaign and new party president Brian Patterson, along with Ford chief of staff Dean French. There is one woman in […]

NDP vows to stall Ford government legislation to block hydro strike

Dec 16 2018 — Rob Ferguson — New Democrats are vowing to stall back-to-work legislation aimed at preventing a strike by 6,000 hydro workers when MPPs are called back to Queen’s Park Monday, interrupting a Christmas break that began a week ago. Premier Doug Ford short-circuited any chance for a negotiated settlement when his government indicated the bill will be introduced, Deputy […]

Premier Ford under fire for pushing for extra EI benefits for GM Oshawa workers instead of fighting for jobs

Nov 26 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford is under fire for pushing for extra unemployment insurance benefits instead of fighting for jobs as General Motors plans to shut its Oshawa auto assembly operations next year. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they get back on their feet,” Ford said Monday after the automaker officially announced that 2,600 […]

Veteran party organizer wins PC presidency with Premier Doug Ford’s support

Nov 18 2018 — Rob Ferguson — A veteran party organizer who enjoyed Premier Doug Ford’s support won the presidency of the Progressive Conservatives on Sunday, defeating a grassroots activist who made his name battling former leader Patrick Brown. A majority of party delegates cast ballots for Brian Patterson at a weekend convention in Etobicoke, where members from across Ontario celebrated the […]