National Newswatch

Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says deficit is $1.2B lower than claimed, but warns of huge future shortfalls

Dec 10 2018 — Robert Benzie — Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says this year’s budget deficit is $12.3 billion — $1.2 billion lower than Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has projected. But financial accountability officer Peter Weltman also warned huge shortfalls will continue into the future unless the Progressive Conservative government makes dramatic spending cuts or increases taxes.

Michelle Obama sets stellar example for future change-makers

Dec 9 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — As Michelle Obama embarks on her global book tour, connecting with audiences in promotion of her first book Becoming, she is proving herself to be a powerful political force for the causes she chooses to support. While she has been clear that she has no intention to run for public office herself, she has turned […]

Presidential successors put Bush Sr. in a new light

Dec 9 2018 — Jaime Watt — Many believe that, in politics, your successor is your legacy. Consider the straight-as-an-arrow Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter after the Machiavellian Nixon years. Or the steady, competent, experienced John Tory after the roller coaster term of Rob Ford. Or more recently, Doug Ford’s approach to smaller government focused resolutely on every day family affordability after […]

Trudeau says he had nothing to do with the arrest of Chinese executive in Vancouver

Dec 7 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s stunning arrest of a top executive of China’s telecom giant Huawei on a U.S. extradition request rippled through stock markets and around the world Thursday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying he had nothing to do with the decision by Canadian justice officials. The arrest on Saturday of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer […]

Close adviser to Premier Doug Ford had real estate deal with future OPP commissioner Ron Taverner

Dec 6 2018 — Kevin Donovan — Ontario’s new top cop, Ron Taverner, purchased a Toronto home privately last year from one of Premier Doug Ford’s closest advisers in both politics and business. Property records show that Taverner, the incoming Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner and a current Toronto Police superintendent, purchased the three-bedroom cottage-style home on Church Street in the Toronto neighbourhood […]

Hydro One’s Avista takeover rejected by U.S. regulators citing political interference by Doug Ford

Dec 5 2018 — — Washington State regulators have rejected Hydro One’s proposed takeover of Avista Corp. citing political interference in the Ontario-based utility by the Doug Ford government. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) said the $6.7-billion deal was not in the public interest because it was “evident” that decisions impacting Hydro One were influenced by “political considerations” […]

Pipeline politics ensures Ottawa and Alberta will remain divided

Dec 5 2018 — Chantal Hébert — All is far from well between Rachel Notley’s Alberta government and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. With the prime minister in the eye of the storm over the failure to get more oil to tidewater, no federal gesture between now and next fall’s election is likely to really lower the temperature between the two capitals. The combination […]

Ontario Auditor General Report finds Wynne’s ‘free’ tuition scheme far more expensive than promised

Dec 5 2018 — — Former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne’s signature “free” college and university tuition plan could soon cost $2 billion annually — a staggering 50 per cent higher than previous estimates, the provincial auditor general has found. Although the program, which will soon cost taxpayers about $650 million more a year than the old grant-and-loan system, was designed […]