The Ledge, n: slang for the legislature. Mostly used by members of the legislative press gallery.
On the Ledge posts weekly when the Ontario Legislature is sitting. But there have been times when we've had to "recall" the Ledge for an emergency session to address pressing matters of Ontario politics when Queen's Park isn't sitting!
John Wright, EVP at Maru Public Opinion, Keith Leslie, veteran Queen's Park broadcast journalist, and Dave Trafford, Executive Producer of iContact Productions and co-founder of Story Studio Network host the show with support and insights from Sabrina Nanji, founder and Editor of the Queen's Park Observer.
Ford's new mandate starts with a newish cabinet
We've got a newish cabinet at Queen's Park. It's version 1.5 - not quite 2.0 considering how few changes we see around the table.
One exception is the announcement of Michael Ford as Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism.
The On The Ledge panel joins this edition of The Daily Brief to talk what's next and what to expect in the next Ford mandate.
The 2022 Ontario Election "could be an extinction-level event for the (Liberal) party"
All this talk about a Liberal-NDP merger in Ontario is utter nonsense. Why would the NDP waste any energy or time "merging" with the leaderless Liberals, when they're well positioned to stage a hostile takeover.
A re-energized NDP could easily render the Liberals irrelevant before the 2026 campaign.
Sabrina Nanji at the Queen's Park Observer quotes a pair of party insiders on their thoughts about the party's future.
— JONATHAN SCOTT, longtime operative who ran runner-up MICHAEL COTEAU’s 2020 leadership bid: “ could be an extinction-level event for the party, if the party doesn’t learn the lessons voters are telling us. It’s time to modernize, throw the doors wide open and build a new party from the ground up. It’s time to be respectful and not talk down to people, especially in rural Ontario, and drop any attitude that we know best.”
— KELLY FOOTE, veteran organizer and community activist: “The party’s problems can’t be fixed by the same people who presided over them.”
Both great points. And both bits of advice should have been acted on 4 years ago.
The Seinfeld Campaign About Nuthin' Ended With A Bang
The sleepiest of campaigns turned out to be one for the history books on a number of counts. First Doug Ford won a second majority in Ontario.
Second, he won more seats in this election than he did in 2018.
Third, he won more of the popular vote this time around than he did in 2018.
Fourth, both main Opposition leaders called it quits after the results were obvious.
Fifth, the Liberals failed, for the second time in a row, to gain official party status.
It's ELECTION DAY in Ontario!
Bob Reid at Broadway Strategy and Communications spent time advising Mike Harris when he sat in the Premier's chair in Ontario. What's it like for the leaders and the staffers on Election Day. The campaign is over. It's up to us to mark our ballots.
Doug Ford spoke publicly for a total of 25 minutes over FIVE days last week!
The Toronto Star says Doug Ford broke their Fact Checker because, for the most part the far and few between statements he made between May 25 and May 29 stated uncheckable facts. To me, that means he's spent the bulk of what little time he's spent speaking publicly uttering meaningless slogans.
On average, he's spending 5 minutes a day speaking publicly in the final stretch of the campaign.
On the other hand, a guy like Mark Towhey hosts Ontario VOTES and talks campaign stuff for four hours a night! And even he makes it lively and interesting!
Hmmm. Broadband bumps and social media misinformation highlight the Ontario campaign
Sabrina Nanji just gets on a roll over Steven Del Duca's prospects of winning his seat in Vaughan-Woodbridge when she falls off the internet! No injuries reported.
But it speaks to the shift in media coverage at Queen's Park and on the campaign away from in-person scrums in favour of remote video links and a one-question-one-followup format.
Nice hearing you again. Very informative.
Thanks for keeping us up to date on what’s happening at Queens Park!
Don’t worry about accuracy
The education episode was lacking any attempt at being factual....time to unsubscribe.