Rod Phillips is ready to go back to the beach
And more moods for Blue Monday
Rod Phillips took the Friday afternoon route in announcing that he won’t seek re-election for the Ontario PCs, and he was promptly replaced by Paul Calandra as minister of long-term care. It was the cabinet portfolio Phillips was handed five-and-a-half months after losing the finance minister job due to being caught in St. Barts in December 2020.
A speech retweeted by @jack
The House of Commons has been a main stage for videos by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, increasingly on the subject of inflation. Asking the question “What is money?” earned Poilievere at least 1.4 million views in a day, and a follow from Jack Dorsey, who recently resigned as CEO of Twitter while asking that question himself.
Faith Goldy allegedly failed to report $86,398.49 in expenses from running as mayor of Toronto. A compliance audit counted fewer dollars sent her way by Ontario residents, but an additional $101,118 from ineligible sources. The audit also addressed fundraising for a dismissed lawsuit over CP24 rejecting her campaign ad.
Door still revolving at Rogers
At the end of a week when Tony Staffieri was officially installed as the CEO of Rogers Communications, its sports and media division said goodbye to Jordan Banks—who only had the job to himself for 24 months after running Facebook Canada. Back in the fold now is Colette Watson, who worked at Rogers for 30 years before a fleeting break:
Alexa McDonough dead at 77. The first woman to lead a major political party in Canada ascended from the Nova Scotia NDP to leading the federal caucus from 1995 to 2003. (She left politics for good five years later.) McDonough’s personal life also drew attention due to her relationship with Toronto Conservative MP David MacDonald.
Finally, feeling seen by archives
“Portrait of Henri Groulx” is the catalogued name of this century-old photo from Lachine, Quebec, which Library and Archives Canada kept on deck for these times: