It's municipal election day in Ontario! We'll be covering the results for you tonight, including the nail-biter in Ottawa and the three races featuring former provincial party leaders: former Liberal Steven Del Duca in Vaughan, former NDP leader Andrea Horwath in Hamilton, and former PC Patrick Brown, who's been getting the most ink of the trio.
The Canadian Press is warning that voter fatigue and a high number of acclamations could lead to low voter turnout. It's not too late to prove them wrong. Go vote!
Toronto Star endorses John Tory.
Tory deserves our vote not for the little he has done but for what he might be bold enough to do next time, even though it's probably not in him but we hope he can grow into the mayor we need him to be in year nine.
— Kristyn Wong-Tam (@kristynwongtam) October 23, 2022
Meanwhile, the Public Order Emergency Commission is continuing to drop bombs in Ottawa. The latest: Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly suspected some of the premier's people “wanted him to fail” in successfully ending the Freedom Convoy in the nation’s capital, the National Post reports.
In case you missed it from QP Briefing:
- Jovial Ford cracks jokes, gives thanks at PCs’ post-victory convention
- Who's lobbying for whom
- Catherine McKenney has very narrow lead in Ottawa mayoral race: poll
- Ontario LTC drug administration rules being broken, PSW group tells minister
- Bills next week: They're back!
In other news:
Hundreds of unionized staff rallied outside PCPO convention at the Toronto Congress Centre on Saturday where Doug Ford gave a speech, introduced by Premiers Scott Moe, Blaine Higgs and Tim Houston.
Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society is close to cancelling plans to build Ontario’s first Indigenous healing lodge owing to a $2-million shortfall, the Globe and Mail reports.
Liberal MPs Yasir Naqvi, Michael Coteau, and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, are all considering running for the Ontario Liberal leadership, the Hill Times reports.
CTV obtained a memo showing the government has promised to supplement all of daycares' lost revenue from the fees for the next year.
In the opinion section:
- Federal Conservatives should make peace with Ford, not shun him, writes Brian Lilley.
- Payouts to parents are a sorry replacement for investing in Ontario’s schools, writes Ricardo Tranjan.
The polls open in most municipalities.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be joined by Premier Doug Ford to formally invest the 2020 appointees into the Order of Ontario. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto.