By Francine Kopun Business Reporter Fri., May 18, 2018 The growing number of Progressive Conservative candidates declining to participate in local debates is raising questions about whether the party is muzzling inexperienced and controversial members in a top-down attempt to control the campaign message. More than 20 PC candidates have skipped debates since the beginning of the provincial election campaign, a trend that recalls similar absenteeism among federal Conservative candidates under Stephen Harper. Candidates from other Ontario parties, meanwhile, have been far more likely to show up. Critics say it’s a tactic, meant to keep the focus on PC Leader Doug Ford. “It implies that the only person you need to hear from is the leader and everybody else is just a potted plant and you put your “x” beside Ford and everything else will be fine,” says Robin Sears, a former NDP strategist of 20 years, now a principal at Earnscliffe … [Read more...] about Are the Ontario Tories muzzling some candidates?
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By Tim Kelly Markham Economist & Sun Tues., May 15, 2018 Don’t expect to find out Markham-Unionville candidate Amanda Yeung Collucci is running for the Liberals based on her election signs. They don’t mention her party affiliation anywhere. Collucci, who is currently Ward 6 councillor in Markham, has made the choice not to highlight her party affiliation on her election signs. Read more: Anybody-but-Ford movement is percolating as June 7 election nears: poll Article Continued Below Wynne and Horwath blast Ford for stoking Trump-style ‘lock her up’ rhetoric More raises at privatized Hydro One turn former Crown utility into bigger lightning rod in election The signs say: “Elect Amanda Yeung Collucci: Our Home. Our Future.” It’s the same slogan Yeung Collucci used in her municipal campaign when she was elected to Markham council in 2014. Asked if she was trying to hide the fact she was running for the Liberals, … [Read more...] about Liberal candidate’s ‘sign strategy’ includes avoiding references to party
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Mon., May 14, 2018 The NDP platform has at least a $3 billion hole in it due to a “major mistake” in crunching the numbers, the Liberals charge. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath made “a significant, sizable, and undeniable mistake” in crafting her party’s 97-page campaign manifesto. “As a result they have refunded billions of dollars that flow to valued programs,” Sousa told reporters Monday at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Training Facility in Downsview. Read more: NDP and Liberals say it’s too early to talk about possible coalition Article Continued Below No longer polling third, Horwath and the NDP are fending off attacks from both sides Ford accuses opponents of ‘playing politics’ over his controversial comments about immigration “It’s a failure of basic competence that leads … [Read more...] about NDP platform crafted on a ‘major mistake’ that means at least $3B in cuts, Liberals say
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Thu., April 5, 2018 Two GTA Liberal cabinet ministers and an Eastern Ontario MPP have announced they will not run for re-election in June. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Chan, 66, who represents Markham, and Government and Consumer Affairs Minister Tracy MacCharles, 54, the Pickering-Scarborough East MPP, are retiring. Joining them is Liberal MPP Grant Crack, 55, who has represented Glengarry-Prescott-Russell since 2011. Read more: Feds could pay carbon tax revenues directly to Ontarians, minister says Article Continued Below Wynne stops plan to appoint St. Paul’s candidate Kathleen Wynne blasts Doug Ford as a ‘bulldozer’ in a china shop in post-budget speech The departure of three MPPs is a blow to Premier Kathleen Wynne and comes nine weeks before the election. But each said Thursday they are leaving for personal —not political — reasons. “While this … [Read more...] about Liberal cabinet ministers Michael Chan and Tracy MacCharles, MPP Grant Crack say they are retiring
By Susan Delacourt Star Columnist Fri., March 16, 2018 One thing you can say about Justin Trudeau — he’s not a prime minister you can easily accuse of pandering to his base. When loyal Liberals meet for their big biennial convention in Halifax next month, for instance, Trudeau is expected to pop in only for the last day of events. He did the same thing when the Liberals held their last convention in Winnipeg in 2016, for the same reason: a busy week of international travel beforehand. It’s likely just an unfortunate coincidence that the Commonwealth heads of government meeting is taking place on April 19 and 20 — the very same days that Liberals start their meeting in Halifax next month. But Trudeau’s expected late arrival to Halifax also underlines his rather loose attachment to Liberal partisans — especially those who joined the party before he took it over. It started with the ejection of Liberal senators when he was … [Read more...] about Justin Trudeau is alienating an unlikely group: loyal Liberals