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Tony Clement’s former mistress allegedly offered $1,000 for ‘explicit’ photos by group claiming ‘Liberal’ support

Nov 14 2018 — Christie Blatchford — Screenshots of an online conversation between former Conservative MP Tony Clement and a young woman with whom he had an affair show that she was offered a bribe in exchange for dirt on him by “a group of women who have been harmed by him” and who claimed to have “organizational support with the liberals.” […]

Ontario Tories cut taxes and oversight protections for environment, vulnerable children, and francophones

Nov 15 2018 — Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson — Premier Doug Ford’s government is cutting taxes for low-income earners, lifting some rent controls, and slashing oversight protections for the environment, vulnerable children, and Ontario’s French-speaking minority. In the Progressive Conservatives’ fall economic statement released Thursday, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said the hours of retail alcohol sales will be extended to between 9 a.m. and […]

Ford government poised to cut watchdog posts for children, environment: sources

Nov 15 2018 — Mike Crawley — Vic Fedeli’s fall economic statement comes after sexual misconduct allegation revealed. Ontario’s Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is poised to eliminate at least two provincial watchdog positions on Thursday as the Ford government launches its cost-cutting drive, CBC News has learned. Fedeli is scheduled to deliver the fall economic statement, the first budget document under Premier […]

Patrick Brown’s accidental gift to Doug Ford

Nov 15 2018 — Matt Gurney — He didn’t mean to, but Patrick Brown just did Ontario Premier Doug Ford a big favour. If nothing else, he’s bought him a few days of relative peace and quiet. Brown is the former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, the party Ford now leads and which forms Ontario’s majority government. Brown has a book […]

Don’t bet on carbon tax deciding the next election

Nov 14 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Are Conservatives right to think the next federal election will be a referendum on carbon pricing? And are they likely to win if it is? There they all are on that now-notorious Maclean’s cover: the premiers of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, together with the Conservative leader and presumptive next premier of Alberta and the federal […]

Tony Clement’s former mistress allegedly offered $1,000 for ‘explicit’ photos by group claiming ‘Liberal’ support

Nov 14 2018 — Christie Blatchford — Screenshots of an online conversation between former Conservative MP Tony Clement and a young woman with whom he had an affair show that she was offered a bribe in exchange for dirt on him by “a group of women who have been harmed by him” and who claimed to have “organizational support with the liberals.” […]

Clement had inappropriate interactions, ‘was pushing boundaries’ back when he was a Harper-era cabinet minister, says Parry-Sound female constituent

Nov 12 2018 — — A woman who lives in Conservative-turned-Independent MP Tony Clement’s riding says the politician sent many inappropriate messages to her beginning during his time as a high-ranking cabinet minister in the Harper government, almost a decade ago, and says he behaved like a “creepy uncle” who for years was “pushing boundaries,” to the point that it […]

Doug Ford parts ways with another top aide as sex scandals continue to roil premier’s office

Nov 9 2018 — Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson — Doug Ford has parted ways with another top aide as the fallout from two sex scandals continues to roil the premier’s office. John Sinclair, who was executive director of the Progressive Conservative caucus bureau, left Thursday night. Sources told the Star Friday that the well-regarded Sinclair exited after an irate Ford felt he did not […]

iPolitics lays off five after ownership change

Nov 14 2018 — Emily Haws — The new owner of the political journalism website iPolitics has laid off five members of its newsroom, little more than a month after founder James Baxter said nobody was to lose their job in the handover. Torstar Corp., which publishes The Toronto Star as well as The Hamilton Spectator and StarMetrodaily newspapers in five major cities, acquired iPolitics on Oct. 1 for about $1.4-million, according to the […]

Guess where Quebec gets its oil

Nov 13 2018 — Carl Meyer — The supply of oil going to Quebec refineries has undergone a dramatic transformation in less than six years. While the province got most of its oil from overseas in 2012, the situation had flipped by 2017, with most of the supply now coming from North American producers. On top of that, Western Canada is now […]

Tony Clement’s former mistress allegedly offered $1,000 for ‘explicit’ photos by group claiming ‘Liberal’ support

Nov 14 2018 — Christie Blatchford — Screenshots of an online conversation between former Conservative MP Tony Clement and a young woman with whom he had an affair show that she was offered a bribe in exchange for dirt on him by “a group of women who have been harmed by him” and who claimed to have “organizational support with the liberals.” […]

Minister loses top staffer after damaging news story

Nov 2 2018 — Marieke Walsh — While dealing with a harmful news story about his work in the 1990s, Ontario’s Community Safety minister has also lost his chief of staff. Michael Tibollo’s top political staffer, Ken Bednarek, left this week, according to five Conservative insiders who spoke with iPolitics on the condition of anonymity. Bednarek refused to comment about the circumstances […]

Instagram user describes how Tony Clement crossed a line

Nov 7 2018 — — Kim Fox says she wasn’t surprised when Conservative MP Tony Clement issued a statement admitting he shared sexually explicit images and a video with an individual online. He also claimed he had been financially extorted over it. That’s because, she says, the politician is known for “aggressively” liking people’s posts on Instagram — something Canadians, […]

Tory majority if federal election held today, poll says

Oct 17 2018 — — A new Forum Poll says the federal Conservatives would win a majority government if an election were held today. Some 1,226 Canadian voters were asked for whom they’d vote if an election were being held immediately. From that sample, the Conservative party would allegedly win support from 41% while the Liberals would take only 32% […]

Sexual misconduct allegations led to Jim Wilson’s resignation

Nov 5 2018 — — Global News has learned from multiple sources that two senior members of Premier Doug Ford’s inner circle were forced to resign Friday due to allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour. Jim Wilson resigned from his position as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, as well as from the PC caucus after he was confronted with the […]

White House official called Trudeau ‘that little punk kid running Canada’

Oct 18 2018 — — Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow says a White House official called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “little punk kid running Canada.” In remarks Wednesday night at a dinner hosted by the conservative American Spectator magazine on Capitol Hill, Kudlow boasted about the Trump administration’s governance of the economy, saying that President Trump has ended […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]