Doug Ford is still first because progressives could not agree

Doug Ford is still first because progressives could not agree

OTTAWA—For left-wing Ontarians, the despair — and frustration — is real. The premier they accuse of callous cuts and pandemic failures dominated the provincial election on Thursday and returned to power with an even stronger majority government. The fact that, of the minority of people who bothered to vote, most cast ballots for left-leaning parties … Read more

New Democrats, Liberals on the hunt for new leaders

New Democrats, Liberals on the hunt for new leaders

Take me to your leader—once you select one. In the wake of Thursday’s landslide victory of Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, both the official opposition New Democrats and the third-party Liberals are on the hunt for new leaders. Andrea Horwath, who had led the NDP since 2009 through four elections and elevated them to official … Read more

Andrea Horwath resigns as Ontario NDP leader

Andrea Horwath resigns as Ontario NDP leader

HAMILTON—Four campaigns were enough. A tearful, but happy Andrea Horwath announced Thursday night she’s resigning as leader of the Ontario NDP. “It is time for me to step aside,” said Horwath after leading the party to official opposition status for the second election in a row. Horwath is resigning as soon as the NDP picks … Read more

The Ontario election campaign is almost over. Are Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca finished too?

The Ontario election campaign is almost over.  Are Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca finished too?

With polls signaling Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are on the brink of re-election Thursday, the opposition leaders jockeying for second place are calculating their odds of political survival. Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca was bullish Tuesday, insisting things feel different from the last provincial election in 2018, when he lost his own seat in Vaughan-Woodbridge. … Read more

Brampton MPP quits NDP over nomination controversy

Brampton MPP quits NDP over nomination controversy

The first Black MPP in Peel Region has quit the NDP amid claims the party sandbagged him in a contested nomination race for the June 2 provincial election. Kevin Yarde (Brampton North) said Friday he would sit as an Independent after learning local New Democrats had closed party membership sales before he knew he was … Read more

Incumbent Brampton, Ont. NDP MPP ousted at nomination meeting – Toronto

Incumbent Brampton, Ont.  NDP MPP ousted at nomination meeting – Toronto

A sitting Brampton member of provincial parliament in Ontario will not be on the ballot for June’s provincial election after losing his spot to a rival candidate during a nomination meeting. Kevin Yarde, the Ontario NDP MPP for Brampton North, was replaced Thursday by Sandeep Singh in a nomination meeting in Brampton. Graham McGregor will … Read more

Ontario NDP promised $1.15B mental health program

Ontario NDP promised .15B mental health program

The New Democrats are promising to create a universal mental health benefits program for all Ontarians if the party is elected June 2, the Star has learned. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who will unveil the ambitious $1.15 billion a year plan on Sunday, says OHIP would cover the cost of services that Ontario residents now … Read more