National Newswatch

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 […]

Former PC staffer John Sinclair fires back as scandals rock Ford government

Nov 13 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Former Progressive Conservative staffer John Sinclair is fighting back after his sudden departure from Queen’s Park as troubles continue to roil Premier Doug Ford’s government. Breaking his silence, Sinclair said Tuesday he did not leave his job last Friday over the way key Ford aide Andrew Kimber was ousted over sexually inappropriate texts, with pictures […]

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli blasts Tory MPP’s husband who is running for party president

Oct 27 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Vic Fedeli is blasting a Progressive Conservative MPP’s husband running to be party president next month for unauthorized use of the finance minister’s image in campaign materials. Fedeli accuses grassroots Tory activist Jim Karahalios — a lawyer and spouse of Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios — of unfair “personal attacks” online and misusing his words as […]

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 […]