Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief
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Robert Benzie is Queen's Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star. He is responsible for coordinating the provincial political coverage for Canada's largest circulation newspaper. Before joining the Star in 2003, he covered Queen's Park and Toronto City Hall for the National Post, a paper he helped launch as its Deputy Toronto Editor in 1998. Prior to that, he worked for the Toronto Sun and the Ottawa Sun. Benzie has covered countless elections and leadership contests at federal, provincial and municipal levels. In 2010, Benzie received the Mary Deanne Shears Award as the Toronto Star's reporter of the year.

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  • Toronto Politics

408 Articles
about 2 hours ago
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Doug Ford says he won’t use ‘notwithstanding’ clause to keep wage cap for public-sector workers

While Ford defended his appeal of the law he said he wouldn’t use Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to...

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about 4 hours ago
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Doug Ford says auditor general should ‘stay in her lane’ instead of engaging in police-style ‘sti...

Premier Doug Ford says auditor general Bonnie Lysyk should “stay in her lane” and audit government spending, not run ...

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1 day ago
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Ford government insists ‘no’ insider information was shared with developers in Greenbelt land swap

After waffling amid opposition claims the Progressive Conservatives may have shared insider information with land spe...

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1 day ago
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Ontario casinos need to improve their anti-money laundering enforcement, auditor general says

“Reporting of suspicious transactions is low and varies among casinos” overseen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Cor...

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2 days ago
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Ontario’s auditor general sent undercover agents to test money laundering safeguards at casinos. ...

Three “mystery shoppers” — hired by the provincial auditor and given thousands in cash to try to launder at casinos —...

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2 days ago
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Doug Ford government spent $3.5B less than expected in first half of 2022-23, budget watchdog finds

Ford’s government spent $3.5 billion less than expected in the first half of this fiscal year, says the province’s bu...

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3 days ago
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Ford government defends Ontario Greenbelt land swap that benefits PC donors

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark insists controversial changes to the Greenbelt are about building new homes no...

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7 days ago
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Why did John Tory get more ‘strong-mayor’ powers? Because of his ‘city-wide mandate,’ Ford govern...

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are trying to go on the offensive after enduring days of blistering att...

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8 days ago
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Doug Ford’s Tories accused of holding ‘secret conversations’ before controversial municipal gover...

As Premier Doug Ford’s initial strong-mayor legislation was proclaimed into law, his government is being battered for...

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9 days ago
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Ford government slammed for ‘end run around democracy’ with enhanced ‘strong mayor’ powers

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are being accused of “doing an end run around democracy” by giving Mayo...

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11 days ago
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Talks between CUPE, Ontario government continue as Sunday strike deadline looms

CUPE strike by education workers will go ahead on Monday if no deal with government by 5 p.m. Sunday

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14 days ago
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Ontario parents and students will learn by 5 p.m. Sunday if CUPE will strike again

Amid threats of another strike Monday by 55,000 unionized school support staff, Ontario schools are being instructed ...

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