Winnipeg city councillor wants voters to decide on opening of Portage and Main – Winnipeg

A Winnipeg city councillor said its time to take the question of reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians, to voters. READ: Portage and Main could reopen to pedestrians by fall of 2019 After years of debate, North Kildonan City Councillor Jeff Browaty introduced a motion at city hall Thursday calling for an additional question on the October 24 civic election ballot: “Do you support the opening of Portage & Main to pedestrian crossings? YES/NO”. The iconic intersection was closed to traffic in 1979. Reopening it to pedestrians was listed as a…

Bob Hall seeks to return to Peterborough city council

Former Peterborough city councillor Bob Hall is looking to return to the council chambers. On Wednesday, Hall announced his intentions to seek the seat in Otonabee Ward. Hall served as Northcrest Ward councillor for 17 years before he decided to not seek re-election in 2014 and instead sought to be the federal Liberal candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha. Hall, who is currently the chairman of the Peterborough Police Services Board, says he’s ready to meet the requests of residents, such as job creation, maintaining roads and providing value for their tax dollars.…

Outgoing MPP Jeff Leal finishes political career spanning 33 years – Peterborough

Outgoing MPP Jeff Leal says one thing has driven him throughout his 33 years as a public representative — a desire to make Peterborough a better place. “It is about working with people,” Leal said. “You stand on the shoulders of others, and you advance the community forward.” READ MORE: Ontario Election: Dave Smith elected in Peterborough-Kawartha Leal’s political career began in 1985, launching an 18-year career in municipal politics. He says he watched the city weather some hard storms, particularly the years of provincial downloading in the 1990s. “That had a…

Shannon Phillips acclaimed as 2019’s NDP candidate for Lethbridge-West – Lethbridge

Alberta’s environment minister will be seeking re-election in the riding of Lethbridge-West. The Alberta New Democrats announced Monday evening that Shannon Phillips has been acclaimed as the riding’s NDP candidate for the next provincial election, expected in the spring of 2019. READ MORE: Sports broadcaster Roger Millions launches bid for Alberta UCP nomination Since her 2015 win, Phillips has been the face of some big-ticket — and at times controversial — government policies such as the carbon tax and energy efficiency rebates.  She has also provided oversight in the creation…

Doug Ford to meet with transition team at Queen’s Park

Doug Ford to join transition team for ‘working meeting’ at Queen’s Park today Premier-designate Doug Ford is expected to meet with his transition team at Ontario’s legislature today. Ford, whose Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in Thursday’s election, is set to join his team for a “working meeting” at Queen’s Park early this afternoon. READ MORE: Quebec politicians voice congratulations, express concern after Doug Ford takes Ontario The team includes former Conservative MP John Baird, a past chief of staff in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, and an…

Three election wins for Todd Smith, first time sitting as member of government – Kingston

Bay of Quinte riding MPP-elect Todd Smith has a lot to celebrate. He’s won his third consecutive election and for the first time he’ll be sitting as a member of the ruling Ontario government. “I’m really looking forward to being part of government,” said Smith. “They say that your worst day in government is better than your best day in opposition.” He also won by his largest margin in his political career. Smith took 48 per cent of the vote and he also beat his nearest competitor, NDP candidate Joanne…

Bill Kelly: It’s a landslide for the Progressive Conservatives. Now what ?

It was over in a heartbeat. It took about 15 minutes from the time the polls closed for the pundits to declare the Progressive Conservatives the runaway winners who will govern Ontario with a substantial majority in the legislature. Last night was a night of celebration for the PC’s; after 15 years in the political wilderness, they’re in charge again. But as a new era begins in Ontario, we have to wonder: what now ? READ MORE: Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives win majority government There’s an old political truism that…

Ontario’s startling election in eight before-and-after maps

All politics is local, or so we’re told. Elections certainly express themselves in a telling level of local detail. Ontario’s provincial election is the first where detailed poll-level data has been available on election night, as opposed to a week or two afterward. Here, we’ve used it to tell the stories of Ontario’s dramatic election. Not all polls had reported when we prepared the maps, but enough have to give a general idea. Our 2014 maps use an overlay of the 2018 ridings. READ MORE: Kathleen Wynne won her seat, but…

Ontario PC communications adviser says Doug Ford speech mix-up ‘not intentional’

Shortly after the Ontario provincial election was called as a majority government for Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford, the leaders of each party took to their podiums to address their parties. However, though Kathleen Wynne was supposed to speak first, Doug Ford stepped in and made his speech before Wynne had the chance to object. The crowd responded to Ford’s interruption with a series of boos, which left the premier-elect visibly distressed. Ontario Election: Doug Ford says Rob is ‘looking down from heaven’ Melissa Lantsman, a communications adviser for the…

42% of Ontario voters cast their ballots to stop another party from winning: Ipsos poll

New polling data suggests that an unusually large number of voters cast their ballots for one party, specifically to stop another party from winning. An Ipsos election day poll, conducted exclusively for Global News, found that 42 per cent of voters cast their ballots strategically. This refers to Ontarians who voted for the party they thought stood the best chance of stopping their least favourite party or candidate from forming a government. READ MORE: Almost half of NDP voters just want to stop Liberals, Tories from winning: Ipsos poll “It’s normal…