National Newswatch

Wynne government ignored warnings about borrowing billions to fund hydro rate cuts, committee told

Oct 17 2018 — Rob Ferguson — The defeated Liberal government ignored numerous warnings from top civil servants that its scheme to borrow billions to lower electricity prices a full 25 per cent was a “bad idea,” says the former deputy minister of energy. Serge Imbrogno told a legislative committee Tuesday bureaucrats were asked for options to further reduce hydro rates by […]

Ontario will press Ottawa for trade deal compensation

Oct 1 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford says Ontario will keep pressure on the federal government to compensate industries that were thrown “under the bus” in the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. “We’ll make sure that we hold the federal government accountable,” Ford said Monday in the Legislature before he and other premiers were briefed […]

Ontario’s environmental commissioner slams Ford government over ‘gutted’ climate change policies

Sep 25 2018 — Rob Ferguson — The new Doug Ford government has “gutted” most of Ontario’s climate change programs with no replacement, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning new report. The report slams the Progressive Conservatives for axing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions — which Ford branded a carbon tax that was doing […]

Bill to slash the size of Toronto city council passes

Aug 14 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford used his new government’s majority muscle Tuesday to push through a controversial bill cutting the size of Toronto city council in half with municipal elections just 10 weeks away, a move NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called “a blatant abuse of power.” The legislation, named the Better Local Government Act, also scraps planned […]

Christine Elliott defends hefty salary for health adviser, on top of six-figure public pension

Jul 14 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Health Minister Christine Elliott is defending the $348,000 salary for former hospital president Rueben Devlin atop a six-figure public pension in his new role devising ways to end “hallway medicine.” The retired orthopedic surgeon, former president of the Progressive Conservative party and friend of Premier Doug Ford was named to the patronage post two weeks […]

For now, Ford government will not be firing Hydro One boss

Jul 10 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Promised three months ago as the “first act” of a Doug Ford government, the firing of Hydro One boss Mayo Schmidt — whom the new premier dubbed the “$6 million man” — has fallen down the priority list. “We are working on that issue right now,” Government House Leader Todd Smith said Tuesday in outlining […]

Ontario set to hit the brakes on electric vehicle rebates

Jun 20 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Ontario is getting ready to hit the brakes on rebates of up to $14,000 for motorists buying electric vehicles like the new Honda Clarity and Chrysler Pacifica hybrid. The purchase incentives, which were established years ago by the recently defeated Liberal government to kick-start a shift to low-emission cars, have been funded in part by […]

What made Ontarians vote for Doug Ford?

Jun 12 2018 — Rob Ferguson — It was a “me” election that turned on a dime. Ontarians handed Doug Ford a strong Progressive Conservative majority because they feel he best understands their pocketbook struggles and trust him to take quick action on excess government spending, says a revealing post-vote study by Navigator Ltd.

Liberals raise Doug Ford drug allegations in campaign ads

Jun 1 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Trailing in the polls with less than a week until the June 7 election, the Liberals have dropped the H-bomb — as in hash — on Doug Ford. Using digital media ads in Punjabi, Chinese and Urdu, Kathleen Wynne’s party is drawing attention to a 2013 Globe and Mail story in which 10 anonymous sources […]

Horwath says NDP is ‘looking into’ Scarborough candidate accused of sharing Hitler meme

May 25 2018 — Rob Ferguson — New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says the party is “looking into” a Scarborough candidate accused by the Progressive Conservatives of using a Hitler meme on her Facebook page five years ago. The Conservatives also called out NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz for “offensive online commentary accusing the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces of […]

An NDP government would not use back-to-work legislation to end strikes, party leader Andrea Horwath says

May 23 2018 — Rob Ferguson — No striking workers — including teachers — would be legislated back to work if an NDP government is elected June 7, New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says. “It’s a pretty heavy hammer…it’s very much against our values,” Horwath said Tuesday, citing her party’s labour roots in a wide-ranging, one-hour session with the Star’s editorial board […]

Wynne calls for police probe into PC nominations

May 19 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Doug Ford must clear the air over questionable nominations of Progressive Conservative candidates by asking the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct a province-wide investigation in the wake of new revelations, says Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne. Wynne cited a Globe and Mail report on Saturday that raises “deeply troubling questions about the widespread use” of customer […]