National Newswatch

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 […]

Doug Ford dodges questions about Ontario Power Generation firing

Nov 15 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford repeatedly evaded questions Wednesday on news reports his chief of staff ordered Ontario Power Generation to fire a former top aide to ousted Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, fanning speculation about political interference. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pressed the premier in the legislature’s daily question period to “confirm or deny” the role […]

Ford breaks promise to keep pot stores away from schools

Nov 14 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Private cannabis stores can open within 150 metres of schools under new regulations posted by Premier Doug Ford’s government — something he had promised not to allow. “I won’t put it besides schools like you did,” Ford said in a spring election debate to then-premier Kathleen Wynne. The Liberal government had planned to open its […]