National Newswatch

Ford dodges questions on controversial climate-change comments from his energy board appointee

Dec 3 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford brushed aside controversial climate-change comments from his appointee heading the board of Ontario’s electricity agency as opposition parties said the evasion shows the government doesn’t take the problem of global warming seriously. The New Democrats zeroed in Tuesday on Joe Oliver, a Conservative and former federal finance minister who is now chair […]

‘Canada will benefit from climate change’: comments from Ford appointee draw fire

Dec 3 2019 — Rob Ferguson — The agency that operates Ontario’s electricity system is distancing itself from controversial climate-change comments made by its chair, Joe Oliver, a former federal finance minister appointed to the board last spring by Premier Doug Ford’s government. Concerns about how seriously the environmental challenge is viewed by the province grew Monday as opposition parties — who […]

Ontario government tight-lipped on severance for fired senior bureaucrat

Jul 5 2019 — Rob Ferguson — The Ontario government is keeping mum on how much severance Peter Fenwick will get after being fired as the province’s first “strategic transformation adviser” the same day the Star uncovered his two-decade business relationship with Premier Doug Ford’s former chief of staff. Fenwick, who started the job last November, was paid more than the premier, […]

‘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 […]