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Canada Premier Doug Ford to hold 1st press conference in nearly a month Wednesday

18:40  16 october  2019
18:40  16 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

'Obsessed' Justin Trudeau Should Run For Ontario Liberals: Andrew Scheer

  'Obsessed' Justin Trudeau Should Run For Ontario Liberals: Andrew Scheer TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau could turn his Doug Ford fascination into something productive with a run for the Ontario Liberal leadership, Andrew Scheer suggested Monday. “You seem to be oddly obsessed with provincial politics,” the Conservative leader said to Trudeau during the federal leaders’ debate in Gatineau, Que. “You seem to be oddly obsessed with provincial politics,” the Conservative leader said to Trudeau during the federal leaders’ debate in Gatineau, Que. “There is a vacancy for the Ontario Liberal leadership and if you’re so focused on provincial politics, go and run for the leadership of that party.

Premier -elect Doug Ford spoke to the media for the first time since the Progressive Conservatives won a majority in the provincial election. He said he

Ford made the comments in a wide-ranging press conference that touched on a number of things including the appointment of Thomas Carrique “We’re focusing on the students — we’re making sure the students get the best education they can,” Ford said at the press conference held Wednesday

Doug Ford wearing a suit and tie: Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a press conference in Toronto. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a press conference in Toronto. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will take questions from reporters Wednesday at his first media availability in nearly a month.

The premier will be in Kenora, Ont., nearly 1,900 km from Queen's Park for an announcement at Bowman Electric with Energy Minister Greg Rickford.

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It's unclear what the announcement will be.

The majority of the Queen's Park press gallery, however, will likely not be in attendance to question Ford.

The Doug Ford factor looms large in the federal election

  The Doug Ford factor looms large in the federal election TORONTO — Doug Ford may have kept his promise to stay out of the federal election spotlight, but it was inevitable that he would be front and centre anyway. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has seized onto the Ontario premier's tanking popularity and tried to anchor it to federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, invoking Ford's name at every turn as a harbinger of Conservative doom and gloom. "He's Premier Bogeyman," said Scott Reid, a formerLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau has seized onto the Ontario premier's tanking popularity and tried to anchor it to federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, invoking Ford's name at every turn as a harbinger of Conservative doom and gloom.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford ’s government has announced it is cancelling the province’s planned minimum wage increase to per hour. During a press conference Wednesday , Ford ’s Labour Minister Laurie Scott was asked directly by reporters what a minimum wage employee in Ontario will

Ontario premier Doug Ford was elected on a platform that promised to find billions of dollars in [ Premier ] Doug Ford has hit another bad note on the culture file, this time ripping away By abruptly losing support, refugee claimants have found their applications put on hold and risk deportation back

The premier has been laying low publicly since the federal election campaign launched and may address questions related to the topic at the press conference.

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Reporters have asked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer throughout the campaign whether he was distancing himself from the controversial Ontario premier. When Asked why Ford hasn’t made appearances, Scheer said Ford decided he was going to stay focused on Ontario politics.

However, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has repeatedly attacked Ford drawing comparisons to the policies Scheer would implement.

In October, speaking alongside mayors in Richmond Hill, Trudeau was asked why he keeps using Ford as a "punching bag."

Ontario deputy ministers get hefty 14% pay hike

  Ontario deputy ministers get hefty 14% pay hike The salary changes for the province's top bureaucrats also come with pay-for-performance awards.The salary changes for the province's top bureaucrats are outlined in an order-in-council document dated Sept. 26.

Speaking to reporters earlier at a press conference in Montreal Ford , Higgs and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe met Thursday night to lay down their priorities for Friday’s six-hour summit. One way to avoid this is to hold these meetings more regularly, with a clear agenda nailed down well in

Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends Question Period at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto, on Wednesday , September 12, 2018. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS ). Since the Progressive Conservative government won a majority in the spring election, the summer and fall sessions at the

"I've heard from people across Ontario, indeed right across the country. From the rocky mountains, to the Bay of Fundy that people can't believe that they have elected premiers that are nowhere on the great defining fight of our time, the fight against climate change," Trudeau responded.

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"They are frustrated at cuts to education, cuts to healthcare, cuts to services that Canadians need while people like Doug Ford give tax breaks to the wealthiest."

The premier's office declined a request from Global News for a sit down interview with Ford in Kenora Wednesday.

What Justin Trudeau's win means for Doug Ford and his government .
The results of the federal election can be viewed as both good news and bad news for Ontario Premier Doug Ford. First, the bad news.The way Ontarians voted suggests the Liberal brand remains rather strong in this province. Two thirds of the MPs chosen to represent Ontario ridings are Liberal. The Liberal share of the popular vote in Ontario (41.4 per cent) exceeded the share of the popular vote that Ford's Progressive Conservatives captured in the 2018 provincial election (40.6 per cent).By contrast, Andrew Scheer's Conservative Party captured the support of 33.2 per cent of Ontario voters on election day.

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