How Doug Ford can use taxpayers' dollars to fund Ontario News Now - 2018-08-03
Ontario's auditor general can do little to stop the new Progressive Conservative government from using taxpayers' dollars to fund the production of partisan TV-news style videos because of weak enforcement, policy experts say.
Premier Doug Ford's government unveiled its Ontario News Now (ONN) earlier this week, with a minute-long video posted to Facebook and Twitter. It highlighted Ford's appearances during his first month in office, including a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and handshakes with police academy graduates.
The PCs bill the videos — more are expected — as "timely, exclusive content on the PC government's priorities for the people of Ontario." But critics say ONN is intended to cut out the middleman, namely reporters, by covering the Tories' own political moves and supporting party interests.