Ontario launched its buck-a-beer plan on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, by offering "non-financial incentives" to brewers who sell their beer for $1, prompting critics to question the Progressive Conservative government's priorities and accuse the province of trying to deflect scrutiny on key issues such as education and the environment.
As anti-poverty advocates denounced the Ontario government's decision to scrap a basic income pilot project, the province defended the move on Wednesday, suggesting the program discouraged participants from finding work.
Though he officially takes up the premier's mantle on Friday, June 29, 2018, Doug Ford has already set the wheels in motion for several of his plans for Ontario — and one expert predicts the Progressive Conservative leader will move quickly on his agenda once he seizes the reins of the province.
Former Ontario Tory leadership hopeful Tanya Granic Allen, who is now seeking a party nomination ahead of a spring provincial election, is defending herself after coming under fire for comments made online years ago about Muslims and gay marriage.
Two months after their leader resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, Ontario's Progressive Conservatives have turfed another legislator and barred him from running for re-election over sexual harassment allegations from a former intern.
Ontario's newly minted Progressive Conservative leader will not bring journalists with him on the campaign trail this spring, a rare move experts say suggests the Tories are keen to keep the unpredictable populist politician out of the hot seat as he takes on two more seasoned rivals.
Christine Elliott initially disputed Saturday's results, alleging they stemmed from "serious irregularities" in the vote. Her campaign had also said that she garnered a majority of votes and had won a majority of ridings in the leadership race. But on Sunday, she conceded following a private meeting with the winner, Doug Ford.
Doug Ford's bold promises of government belt-tightening during the last Progressive Conservative leadership debate may win over some of the party's grassroots, but experts and critics say there isn't much substance behind his populist message.