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Doug Ford’s fear of Pierre Poilievre could spark a snap election, insiders say + after two years in jail, a jury found him not guilty in two hours – The Star

May 28, 2024

Why a snap election could be on the way, man acquitted in hours after spending years in jail and a new report brings immigration law to the present.

Good morning. This is the Tuesday, May 28 edition of First Up, the Star’s daily morning digest. Sign up to get it earlier each day, in your inbox.

Here’s the latest on Ontario’s potential snap election, one man’s acquittal after two years in jail and how Canada can fix its outdated immigration laws.


Insiders say a fear of a Pierre Poilievre victory has Doug Ford considering a snap election

Premier Doug Ford is considering an early election call over concerns about funding cuts a future federal Conservative government might make, the Star has learned. Should Pierre Poilievre win the next federal election — expected to happen in 2025 — provinces would see reduced transfer payments, a scrapping of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s electric-vehicle strategy and other cuts that would hurt the Progressive Conservatives, Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson report. Tory insiders say Ford, who refused to commit to the planned 2026 election Friday, was getting in front of a “tough budget” from Poilievre at a time when the party still enjoys a lead over the Liberals. Would a snap election help — or hinder — Ford’s Tories?

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