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July 10, 2018 8:36 PM For now, Ford government will not be firing Hydro One boss

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 the new Progressive Conservative administration’s 7

July 9, 2018 6:07 PM Ford government moving forward with Indigenous lesson plan despite austerity push

New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler (London West) worried that the Tories are up to something. “Doug Ford needs to come clean with families, teachers, educators and students about what’s going on here,” said Sattler. “The curriculum in Ontario’s public schools is outdated, and we simply have to do better for our children,” the NDP member said. “If it’s true that Ford has scrapped 9

July 4, 2018 7:37 PM Ottawa reconsidering $420 million in funding for Ontario over its cancellation of cap and trade

Newly elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford has rescinded the previous Liberal government’s regulation that established the cap and trade program in 2017. That has prompted Canada to immediately hit the brakes on Ontario’s portion of the $1.4-billion climate change fund. In April, McKenna and former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne signed a plan to provide 62

June 17, 2018 4:23 PM Ontario makes history with record number of female MPPs

“I’m just absolutely thrilled” by the number of female MPPs heading to Queen’s Park, she said. “A record number of women means that, collectively, we all bring something to the table that’s sometimes lacking.” Peckford said the record number of women in the house “really sets the bar” and she expects to see a “strong representation of women” in Premier-designate 13

June 14, 2018 4:01 PM Ontarians ‘pretty worried about what Doug Ford has in store,’ Horwath says

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she and her MPPs have a “very important job ahead” to hold the Ford government accountable. “People are pretty worried about what Doug Ford has in store, and so am I,” said Horwath, speaking to both new and returning MPPs — there are 40 in total — for the first time since the June 7 election. The NDP doubled the number 16

June 11, 2018 9:00 PM Doug Ford has lots of choices in assembling first PC government since 2003

Ford also highlighted MPPs Lisa MacLeod (Nepean), Raymond Cho (Scarborough North), and Vic Fedeli (Nipissing), and he is known to be impressed by Todd Smith (Bay of Quinte), John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) and Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex). Other veterans believed to be under consideration for cabinet include MPPs Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) 12

June 11, 2018 6:47 PM Donald Trump makes a hero out of Justin Trudeau

The basket, woven out of Canadian steel and aluminum, could be filled with Kraft Dinner, poutine, a Canada Goose parka and crude oil. And it could be sent to the Capella Hotel in Singapore. That’s where Trump is summiting with Kim Jong Un this week, energized by his layover in Quebec this weekend, where he turned the G7 into a gong show for the ages. I suppose 17

June 11, 2018 5:57 PM Ontario PC party still sending text messages after winning election

'Do you support Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC plan to scrap the carbon tax?' asks one text Four days after the election campaign ended, the Ontario PC party is sending unsolicited text messages asking people whether they support some of premier-designate Doug Ford's key promises. The text messages refer to "Premier Ford" although he does not officially 24

June 10, 2018 8:16 PM Worried parents and child care advocates ask ‘what now?’ in wake of PC win

Minutes after media outlets declared a majority government for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives last Thursday night, Carolyn Ferns began gearing up for a renewed fight for affordable, high-quality child care for Ontario families. “Feeling blue about child care? We hear you,” wrote Ferns, policy co-ordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child 15

June 9, 2018 9:00 AM Here's how Doug Ford's political views measure up against the PC voters who elected him

How conservative is the Progressive Conservative leader? And how conservative are his supporters? What kind of conservative is Doug Ford? That is the question on the minds of many voters in Ontario as the Toronto businessman and his Tories prepare to form a majority government at Queen's Park. The former city councillor is often painted with a populist 23