National Newswatch

Where has the centre gone in Ontario politics?

May 7 2018 — Steve Paikin — I’ve written in this space before that the 2018 Ontario election campaign presents voters with one of the starkest choices they’ve ever had to make. It’s hard to remember a provincial campaign that’s featured two leaders so diametrically opposed to each other — in policy and in personality — as Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford. […]

How Andrea Horwath is approaching her last chance to win an election

May 4 2018 — — ​If the provincial election were held today, Andrea Horwath would almost certainly not still be NDP leader for her 10th anniversary on the job in 2019. Instead, her party would perhaps marginally increase its seat count at Queen’s Park but remain in third place. Horwath, unlikely to retain the party’s support after a third defeat, […]

How Patrick Brown’s exit jeopardizes national consensus on climate change

Apr 4 2018 — Steve Paikin — Thirty-five years ago, the Liberal prime minister’s last name was Trudeau, same as today. But the premier of Ontario was a Progressive Conservative named Davis. You couldn’t find two more different first ministers than Pierre and Bill. One was a dashing, dynamic, fluently bilingual intellectual from Québec, who thumbed his nose at western farmers and […]

One day, a highly qualified woman will defeat a loud-talking man in politics

Mar 14 2018 — Lauren McKeon — ​The results of the recent PC leadership contest evoke a depressing sense of déjà vu: immensely qualified female career politician (Christine Elliott) loses campaign to significantly underqualified, cynical male populist (Doug Ford). For anyone who cares to listen, the echoes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are like geese honking in a canyon —obnoxious and […]

Which Doug Ford is running to be Progressive Conservative leader?

Mar 8 2018 — Steve Paikin — Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, both running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, have been family friends for a long time. Ford’s late father, also named Doug, and Elliott’s late husband, former finance minister Jim Flaherty, were both members of Mike Harris’s PC caucus in the mid-1990s. And those who saw Flaherty […]

Ontario Liberals fuming over sudden departure of Eric Hoskins

Mar 1 2018 — Steve Paikin — ​Let’s acknowledge off the top that people enter and exit politics all the time. Sometimes the voters want you to stay. Other times, politicians say they’re leaving for health reasons. “Yeah, the voters got sick of me,” goes the joke. Let’s also acknowledge that if you’re a senior cabinet minister for a party that’s been […]

The most astonishing night in Ontario political history

Jan 25 2018 — Steve Paikin — In 35 years of covering Queen’s Park, I have never seen a night like last night. Frankly, I’m not sure there’s ever been a night like last night in 150 years of Ontario political history. Pick your metaphor: A tsunami? An earthquake? A hurricane? All of the above? I have seen scandals that rocked governments […]

Why Tim Hortons doesn’t deserve your sympathy

Jan 5 2018 — Michael Coren — ​Around a dozen Tim Hortons outlets across Ontario have told their employees that they will be losing benefits, paid breaks, and various perks, and have demanded that they sign documents accepting the changes. The store in Coburg appeared to lead the charge, which may have gone unnoticed but for the fact that it’s owned by […]

Three things to watch for in the 2018 Ontario election season

Jan 2 2018 — — It’s 2018, and that means the only thing you really need to know about Ontario politics this year is: voting day is June 7. The general election will be the lens through which everything at Queen’s Park is viewed, and it’s going to shape how MPPs and aspiring MPPs act between now and then. But […]

Playing politics with the national anthem

Oct 26 2017 — Kady O'Malley — It’s fitting that “O Canada” — and specifically, the late MP Mauril Belanger’s bid to update the lyrics to smooth out the gender specificity of “in all thy sons command” — has become the latest front in the Senate’s ongoing political culture war between the proudly partisan old guard and the growing contingent of big-I […]

The backbench ballad of Wayne Long, MP

Oct 13 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Team Trudeau claims Liberal MPs can vote freely, Kady O’Malley writes. So why was the rookie from Saint John–Rothesay punished for doing just that? It’s probably safe to assume by now that the real-time legend of rookie Liberal MP Wayne Long has spread his once little-known name far beyond the borders of his New Brunswick […]

Three legislative loose ends Trudeau needs to tie off ASAP

Aug 17 2017 — Kady O'Malley — With Parliament back in session next month, Kady O’Malley outlines three key pieces of legislation the Liberals will want to push through before Christmas. By now, even the most stubborn of seasonal holdouts has been forced to concede that a once seemingly endless stretch of lazy, hazy summer days will soon be behind us.